Mike McCarthy was happy with the way the Green Bay Packers played last Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he did have an issue with one area of the team that needs to get fixed sooner than later.
On Tuesday, McCarthy told reporters he was disappointed with the team’s missed tackles, especially early on in the game which led to the Eagles scoring on their opening drive.
“We didn’t tackle very well against Philadelphia; we didn’t break tackles very well,” coach McCarthy said. “That’s what I spoke on in the team meeting today – the fundamentals of tackling and the fundamentals of ball security. You can throw a Band Aid on it and say it’s preseason, but that’s not the way you get better.”
Morgan Burnett, Clay Matthews, Quinten Rollins and rookie Kevin King were just a few of the Packers that could not wrap up skill players last Thursday. But the defense is confident they can get it corrected very quickly.
“That’s really our first time going live throughout training camp. I think that’s a big part of our focus going into this game, is just making sure that we’re tackling effectively because it is a challenge to make sure you’re getting the right fundamentals down in practice,” Dean Lowry said. “Because we can’t really go live and take guys down because injuries happen that way.”
Lowry does have a point, but it’s clear the Packers will stress tackling during practice this week. Because if they don’t, it could be a very long year for the Packers defense which ranked in the bottom half of the league last year.
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