GREEN BAY (WGBA) — After a day off on Monday, the Green Bay Packers had a rough return to the practice field Tuesday morning.
In the third padded practice of training camp, the defense once again “won the day,” as the offensive starters faulted during the 11-on-11 team period. Head coach Matt LaFleur pulled his No. 1 unit off the field during the final drill of the day, after a Davante Adams fumble was recovered by Blake Martinez.
After practice, LaFleur was as critical as he’s been since taking over as Green Bay’s head coach; he called out his offense for their “lack of urgency” throughout the practice.
"Our guys have to decide who they want to be,” LaFleur said. “That starts with me and our coaching staff. We have to coach better.
“You can always control your effort,” he added. “It just needs to be better."
LaFleur has preached urgency and tempo throughout practice, and it appeared to reach a breaking point on Tuesday after the fifth practice of training camp.
"We have to operate with more urgency, in and out of the huddle,” he said. “I don't want to have to condition these guys before practice. I'd rather that practice time be spent for meaningful reps.
“The conditioning should be in practice, hustling from drill to drill and practicing with a purpose,” he said. “There's a lot of room for improvement there."
The Packers will hit the field at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, before finishing out their week with the annual “Family Night” practice at Lambeau Field on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.