And, in the midst of all the atmospheric upheaval, one group of Green Bay Packers players has been trying to dodge the clatter that has ensued after some fits of silence created a disturbance in the team's perfect season thus far.
Members of the defense are getting a crash course, more like a refresher course, in communications this week.
"We've just got to work harder at it in practice," veteran defensive end Ryan Pickett said. "We've got to get more vocal, clearer, make sure that when we're making calls that everybody gets it."
There was a clear disconnect Sunday with what was being said -- or not said -- and what was being heard -- or not heard -- on the Qualcomm Stadium field in San Diego. A slew of coverage breakdowns nearly conspired to take the Packers to the ranks of the beaten with the other 31 teams as Green Bay frittered away most of a 21-point lead in the final quarter and hung on for a 45-38 win over the Chargers.
"Some of the plays, we had the call but we didn't echo it, and then the guy on the far side of the field didn't get it and he was playing this and the other guys were playing that," Pickett explained. "It's just stuff that every team goes through. We've just got to tighten it up. We've got to get back on our communication. Last year, we communicated real good. That was a struggle this last game."
In so few words, an agitated Charles Woodson had no problem communicating what he felt about the muted performance by the defense.
"Just a lot of bad football," the veteran cornerback said.
Not all of it was bad, to be sure. Yet, many, Woodson included, weren't pounding their chests over the three interceptions of Philip Rivers -- two that were returned for touchdowns by safety Charlie Peprah and cornerback Tramon Williams in the first quarter and the third by Peprah to seal the victory in the final minute -- that ultimately swung the outcome in Green Bay's favor.
The 385 passing yards and four touchdowns by Rivers, the seven pass plays of at least 20 yards and the 460 yards allowed was the proverbial cat that had the tongue of those on defense.
"I think for all 11 guys we have to find a way to play better," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "We've got guys with a lot of pride on this defensive side of the ball. They want to perform better than what we're performing right now. Just like we want to coach better.
"I think all of us have to try to raise our standard. We aren't happy with the way we're playing right now."
Green Bay's 30th-rated defense has allowed more than 400 yards in each of the last three games. Its 31st-ranked pass defense is giving up an average of just a shade below 300 yards per game.
Yet, amid those disruptions, here the Packers sit 8-0 and poised to continue on their winning ways in front of a national TV audience Monday night, when they host the 2-6 Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
"All of this stuff right now we're talking about is just building character," linebacker Desmond Bishop said with an audible laugh.