Packers roundup: Lacy, secondary hope to bounce back against Washington
The Green Bay Packers did a decent job holding up against the San Francisco run game in the season opener last week, especially compared with what happened to them in last year's playoffs. The bigger problem was they allowed Colin Kaepernick to pass for 400 yards, most of those to new 49er Anquan Boldin.
The Washington Redskins pose similar problems the 49ers did, especially in the run game. Quarterback Robert Griffin III is known for his dynamic running ability but is underrated as a passer, and Alfred Morris is a horse of a running back.
The difference is on defense: The Redskins allowed 263 yards of rushing to to Philadelphia Eagles, so after Eddie Lacy's difficult debut that included a lost fumble, look for the Packers to stay more committed and have more success with that facet of the offense.
Kickoff is at noon on Fox with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling their second straight Packer game. Below is a roundup of Packer coverage from the week, including stories from the Associated Press and The Gazette's partners at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Note: Journal Sentinel content requires subscriber access).
LACY GETS OFF TO SLOW START WITH PACKERS
SAN FRANCISCO—The success of Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson's draft-and-develop system requires rookies to play like veterans right away.
It does not work when early-round draft picks play the way running back Eddie Lacy did in the first half of the Packers' 34-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. When Lacy played poorly, the offense stalled.
“Eddie needs to detail his work,” McCarthy said the day after the loss. “Whether it's the runs, protection, our young guys were, it was their first game. And he was one of them. So, I don't want to say he was nervous, but he just needs to clean some things up.
“He's young, it's his first time really playing in the no-huddle type situation, going that fast. We have a lot on his plate, being a three-down player.” Read more ...
GREEN BAY—Sunday night, M.D. Jennings couldn't sleep. He couldn't stop watching film.
First, the Green Bay Packers safety watched the 34-28 defeat on his iPad on the flight from San Francisco to Green Bay.
Settled back home, he watched the TV copy of the game to catch a different angle. Jennings couldn't take his eyes off the 10-car pileup. He forced himself to relive all the miscues at his position—the poor angles, the missed tackles, the touchdowns.
When he finally turned the lights off, it was 3:30, 4 a.m.
“Football is a game of inches,” Jennings said. “If I'm a yard closer, it could be an interception or a pass breakup.”
The inches did not go Green Bay's way in Week 1. Nothing about Sunday's loss was pretty for the safeties. As starter Morgan Burnett sat out with a hamstring injury, Jennings and Jerron McMillian had a game to forget. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick picked on both players through a 412-yard, three-touchdown clinic. Read more ...
MATTHEWS WON'T RESPOND TO HARBAUGH
GREEN BAY—It's hard for the Packers' Clay Matthews to let things go on the field. Give the Pro Bowl linebacker a clear path to a quarterback or running back and he'll usually lock on for a takedown.
But as far as that 49ers game last week and coach Jim Harbaugh's criticism? Yeah, Matthews is moving on.
In his first meeting with reporters since Sunday's 34-28 loss in San Francisco, Matthews sidestepped a question on whether he'd received notice from the NFL about a potential fine following a late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick that preceded a sideline scrum with offensive lineman Joe Staley. Read more ...
JORDY NELSON DOWNPLAYS ACROBATIC GRAB
The catch is downplayed by the receiver. Nothing to it, he says. Jordy Nelson doesn't see what all the fuss is about.
At San Francisco, he planted his feet, leaned at a 60-degree angle and somehow hung onto Aaron Rodgers' pass for 37 yards.
“It's just reaction,” he said, clearly tired of talking about it. “It's all it is. It's a lot easier than what you're trying to make it out to be right now.”
Right. That's why so many other wide receivers are doing it. Read more ...
SCOUT'S HONOR: TALENT EVALUATOR LIKES PACKERS' CHANCES
The Green Bay Packers might have gone down in defeat last Sunday in San Francisco, but they gained an admirer in the scouting fraternity.
In fact, an experienced executive for a National Football League team bumped the Packers way up in his personal rankings after their opening setback. Read more ...