Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live in Appleton. Kuhn's guest was Packers center Corey Linsley.
Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Post-Crescent Media's live weekly football show. Packers rookie center Corey Linsley was Kuhn's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were playoff positioning, the upcoming bye week, Aaron Rodgers' legend and Ndamukong Suh. 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: As you look at the NFC playoff picture and study how teams are slotted, do you feel good about the Packers' position and the path that awaits?
Kuhn: Well, we like the fact that it only takes us two games instead of three to get to the Super Bowl. We're liking the fact that we're guaranteed at least one home playoff game in front of this great crowd. Wow — has it been amazing at Lambeau Field this year. Just talking about a different atmosphere there this year. I don't know if it's the new section (on the south side of the stadium), if people are just waking up earlier and starting the Bloody Marys a little bit earlier. But it has just been great in that stadium this year. ... We really like it at home.
Q: Are there any concerns your first-round playoff bye could stymie momentum as you prepare for the postseason?
Kuhn: I don't care what anybody says. You can twist and turn any situation to make it sound like it's better to do it this way than this way. We only have to play two games to get to the Super Bowl instead of three. That's why you absolutely want that bye. And the chance to let (Aaron Rodgers) rest that calf a little bit, to let some of the other guys who are nicked up rest a little bit — that's getting healthier physically. At the same time this week, this extra week we have off is a good time to rest and recover mentally and emotionally. Because this season is really long, and it takes a lot of effort and just dedication to stick with it day after day, week after week. So to get this time off and kind of recharge that battery is just as important as the physical battery.
Q: What was it like for you and your teammates to experience that jolt felt inside the stadium when an ailing Rodgers walked back onto the field during Sunday's game against Detroit?
Kuhn: From my standpoint, this was one of the courageous acts we have seen in sports. And I'm not just saying that because he's our quarterback — I honestly mean it. I know what it's like to hurt a muscle in a game. It feels like you've been shot by a gun, it really does. So for him to come back out and muscle through this, this is something that people will talk about for years and years. This is only building the legend of who Aaron Rodgers really is.
Q: What was your take on the incident in which Ndamukong Suh — now suspended for the Lions' playoff game against Dallas — stepped on Rodgers' gimpy leg?
Linsley: I didn't really see it on the field, but after seeing it on TV — if it wasn't on his calf, it would have been kind of questionable. But (Rodgers) just got hurt there, and it's up on the scoreboard, "Aaron Rodgers ... calf ... questionable (to return)." It's kind of like, 'Come on, man.' Yeah, this was intentional.
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