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Monday, September 9, 2013
The trouble with youth

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- One of the potential problems with having a perpetually young team is that Week 1 games can be something of an adventure.

In Sunday’s 34-28 season-opening loss at San Francisco, that was the case at several positions for the Green Bay Packers, who came out of training camp with the fifth-youngest roster in the NFL, per colleague Mike Sando.

Whether it was rookie running back Eddie Lacy or inexperienced players in the secondary -- rookie cornerback Micah Hyde and second-year safety Jerron McMillian played extensively -- the mistakes were costly.

Lacy got off to a slow start, lost a fumble and finished with just 41 yards on 14 attempts.

“Eddie needs to detail his work,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Whether it’s the runs, protection, our young guys were, it was their first game, and he was one of them.

“But the details, that’s the difference between winning and losing in this league.”

When asked what, exactly, that meant, offensive coordinator Tom Clements said: “That entails knowing what your job responsibilities are and making sure you execute them to the best of your ability.”

That was the one of the focuses of McCarthy’s speech to the team during Monday’s team meeting.

“Effort wise, I don’t think it’s a question,” veteran cornerback Jarrett Bush said. “Just being held accountable is some of the issue. That’s part of my job, Tramon (Williams’ job), Sam Shields’ (job), some of the guys in the secondary, just getting the younger guys (to understand) this is the Packers way, this is what the coaches want.”

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