Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Post-Crescent Media's live weekly football show. Packers cornerback Casey Hayward was Kuhn's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were beating the Vikings, Eddie Lacy's toughness, grinding out a win and creating turnovers. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select answers from the interview:
Q: Mike Daniels said after Sunday's tight victory over the Vikings that the game was a wake-up call and an example that any team can be taken down on any given Sunday. Agree?
Kuhn: Yeah, and we know that. We've known that for a while. Every victory you get is sweet. It doesn't matter if it's a big, big win by a large margin, or a tight, hard-fought division game like that. Every win counts. Every win is hard to get. You have to put in a lot of work and a lot of effort throughout the course of the week to get there. So when you do achieve victory, you have to just savor it.
Q: Eddie Lacy had another big game Sunday, rushing for 125 yards and scoring a pair of TDs. We found out afterward that he was under the weather. Could you tell he wasn't well before the game?
Kuhn: He's just a tough, tough guy. He definitely wasn't a hundred percent. He was feeling ill, not feeling great. And it's that time of the year where the flu, the colds — whatever it is — comes around. You take a little matchbox flight (to Minneapolis and back) on an airplane and all the forced air in there can really make you feel not too great. You never really feel great when you get off an airplane, anyway. He wasn't terribly sick, but he wasn't feeling a hundred percent. And to see him go out and grit it out and grind it out for that performance, it was something to really appreciate.
Q: What's the conversation like in the huddle when you know you have to run the ball to run out the clock, and the defense knows you have to run the ball to run out the clock?
Kuhn: First and foremost, it's ball security. We've got three minutes left in the game, and we have to make sure by all means we go down every play with the ball. Number two, let's not let any free hitters to Eddie. If someone's going to hit Eddie, it's got to be an extra man. We have eight, nine guys blocking, it needs to be the 10th or ninth guy that hits Eddie. It can't be a free runner up the middle or something like that. And with Eddie, it's just, 'Hey, let's go, man.' It takes very little to get him ready and pumped up to go run over and through a defense for a few yards to extend the drive and end the game.
Q: You have three picks this season and nine interceptions already in your brief career. What's the secret to creating those turnovers? Do you practice that?
Hayward: Sometimes, it's just (being) around the ball. Sometimes you get a little ball off the helmet against Chicago, and you get lucky sometimes. But it has been like that since I've been in college. I've always been around the ball. I had like 15 (interceptions) in my career in college in like a three-year span, as well. So the ball always just seems to be around me, and you want those kind of guys on your team.
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