USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Brett Christopherson caught up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who looked ahead to Thursday's Week 7 matchup against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. This Q&A is presented by Tundraland:
You’re in the midst of a critical point in the schedule with a slew of home games wrapping up, the short week, Thursday’s division matchup against the Bears and then the Week 8 trip to Atlanta looming. Have the coaches been stressing the importance of this stretch, particularly with so many games being played at Lambeau Field?
Cobb: No. Our goal each week is to go 1-0. We don’t really try to get too far ahead and get caught up in the schedule on what’s going to come. We understand that right now, we have (three games in 12 days). … But our focus is solely on one game at a time and making sure we handle business.
Short weeks are always challenging since there’s little time to prepare. But in this case, is it easier to get ready knowing you have a familiar opponent awaiting in the Bears?
Cobb: Yeah, that definitely helps when it’s a division opponent and a common opponent, somebody that we play twice a year. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Depending on what happened in the game before, you’re going to have a lot of bumps and bruises that you’re going to have to take care of physically. But mentally, we’ll be able to refresh a little faster with it being a common opponent.
You’re into fashion. What’s your take on the all-white Color Rush uniforms you’ll be wearing Thursday night? Thumbs up, or thumbs down?
Cobb: I saw pictures of them, and I think it’ll be pretty cool. We’ll be wearing away white (jerseys) with the white pants. It’ll be different to have white pants, but other than that, it’s nothing new for us. … I was surprised. I thought they would do — the NFL’s all about making money any way they can, so I’m surprised they didn’t do a yellow jersey since we already have a white jersey. You would think they would do yellow and be able to sell more apparel. But I don’t make those decisions.
Luke Getsy is in his first season as the Packers’ wide receivers coach. Now that the season is underway and you’ve had time to work with him, what has he brought to your room that you’ve noticed has benefited you and your fellow receivers?
Cobb: I think just his coaching style, in general. He’s a great coach. I think he does a great job with developing each guy in different ways and coaching each guy in different ways. And being able to find a way to use each guy’s own strength in different ways and then put them in a position to succeed. You saw we rotated a lot of receivers (against the Giants) and got into our standard offense a little bit and were able to roll some different personnel and put guys in a position to win. But also his technique. He has been able to teach us different techniques and get us to use different techniques and buy into what he’s trying to accomplish with our room.