Mini Camp ending "sloppy"

LaFleur not pleased with final practice

Mike Clemens
June 12, 2019 - 9:52 pm
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Green Bay, WI - It's really the first time we've seen the Packers new head coach a little ticked off. 

The Packers wrapped up the second day of their three day mandatory mini camp Wednesday with a dud.

After 2 1/2 hours of practice inside the Hutson Center on a rainy day, back-up quarterback Tim Boyle missed wide receiver hopeful Allen Lazard during a two - minute warning drill.

Incomplete.

The horn sounded. Head coach Matt LaFleur gingerly stepped off his golf cart wearing a large walking boot as he recovers from Achilles surgery to address a huddle of nearly 90 players. He didn't look pleased. He was making a point that last period was unacceptable. 

“I feel like we’re coming together as a team,” LaFleur said after practice. “There’s a long way to go and I think our guys realize that. You know, just watching today without watching tape, there’s still a lot of sloppiness that we have to clean up moving forward. I don’t know if you ever meet expectations as a coach. I think you always want more. And even when they’re handling it well, you still want more. So, I think we’re coming together. Like I told you guys yesterday, I love the character of this team. I think these guys are working hard. But I still think there’s a ways to go and I’m looking forward to getting these guys back in training camp and seeing where we can go with this thing.”

Aaron Rodgers agrees.

“I think we still have some things to work through,” said Rodgers. “I think there’s some little nuances that we’ve got to keep talking through, especially as far as just some of the signals and adjustments that’ll be important moving into training camp. I would assume as opposed to years past, I will probably get a little more work in the preseason. So, we need to get some things ironed out before that. But I think as far as what we have installed, I do feel good about that. We have a ton of concepts and we’ve gotten enough reps throughout the course of the OTAs to feel comfortable with it, but we still need to iron out a couple details.”

Although LaFleur feels the team needs more work as mini camp winds down, he's giving the team the day off from practice Thursday, and using it for a team bonding gathering. Something fun.  

He's not alone. 

Bill Belichick, head coach of the defending Super Bowl champions, complained in March that the OTA's under the current CBA simply don't allow a coach enough time for teaching players in the offseason. And then he let his guys go home early, canceling the Patriots final two OTA practices. 

Jon Gruden pledged last year as he left the broadcast booth to return to coaching with the Oakland Raiders that the rules for contact between a coach and and his players in the offseason were "ridiculous" and that he would be a vocal critic of the NFL to allow teams to expand their offseason programs. 

On Wednesday Gruden let his players off for the final day of the Raiders mini camp. 

The Packers will return to Green Bay in six weeks to begin training camp. And in 12 weeks they face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Thursday Night Football to kick off the 100th anniversary season of the National Football League. 

We will have a full recap of the Packers mini camp stories Friday at 1:15pm statewide on The Bill Michaels Show and on 105.7 FM The FAN, Milwaukee.