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Morning roundup: Problems to solve

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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After Sunday's season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers have plenty to fix and not a lot of time to do it considering the Chicago Bears come to Lambeau Field on Thursday night. Among the biggest areas of concern are the running game and the communication problems in the secondary, which were the main topics discussed yesterday by coach Mike McCarthy. Said McCarthy: “The individual coaches are going to take about 10 to 15 minutes to address the San Francisco game just to make sure we correct the obvious things that we need to make sure that we’re on the same page for as we move on to Chicago. That’s where we stand.” In other news: * The Packers welcomed back outside linebacker Erik Walden, who was forced to sit out Week 1 because of his one-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy following his arrest last November. In Wes Hodkiewicz's notebook, Walden said: “It was very tough, but at the same time I had a lot of time to think and just be thankful for where I’ve been and where I’ve come. Now, it’s time to get back to playing football and doing what I love to do.” To make room for Walden, the Packers waived cornerback Brandian Ross. * Pete Dougherty breaks down the Bears in his weekly scouting report. He notes that "though the Bears put the bulk of their offseason resources into their passing game, much of their offense still runs through halfback Matt Forte, who in the offseason signed a four-year contract worth $30.4 million, including $13.8 million fully guaranteed." * Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk looked back at the Packers-49ers game and concluded that " the bottom line for why this ballyhooed matchup turned out to be a butt-kicking rather than a split decision was because of the strength of the 49ers’ defense up the middle – at inside backer and safety – in comparison to the Packers."

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