Bakhtiari: Packers' identity will be set early
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari debuted Monday as the co-host of Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers safety Micah Hyde was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were establishing an identity, shoring up the run defense and prime time football. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: The offense produced a 16-play, 83-yard scoring drive in Sunday's victory over the Bears. And overall, you finished with 30 rushing attempts against just 23 passing attempts. Is that an indicator of the type of offense we'll see this season?
Bakhtiari: At the end of the day, this is Aaron Rodgers' offense. But don't forget, we do have 2-7 (Eddie Lacy) in the backfield running that ball, and he's a hell of a player. So you've got (Lacy) with our offensive line — and not only the threat of our quarterback — (defenses) can't really load the box because Aaron's going to throw the ball on them night and day. So I think for our identity, especially with so many guys returning on offense, I think our identity will be established earlier than later.
Q: The Bears finished with 189 rushing yards in Sunday's game. As you study what went wrong with the run defense and gear up for Sunday night's showdown against Seattle, are the corrections easy to make?
Hyde: Very easy. I know there were mistakes, but they were aggressive mistakes. It was defensive linemen getting upfield and disrupting the offensive line like they should, but sometimes getting a little bit too far upfield. So creating bigger gaps for the people behind them — and as far as the guys in the back end missing tackles. But it's all correctable. We're going to practice this week and try to correct that stuff going into Seattle.
Q: The next two contests on your schedule are a Sunday night matchup against the Seahawks and a Monday night showdown against Kansas City. Do you like playing those primetime games, or would you prefer to go Sunday at noon?
Bakhtiari: When the spotlight's on you Sunday night and then Monday night, you know you're going to get the best from the opposing team. You're also going to give your best effort. They're good games. The best part is we're going to be home, so we're going to be in front of our crowd. Our stadium's awesome. Our crowd's amazing. You fans are the best. You're what keeps us going. I know I'm definitely excited. ... We're going to be pumped. They're going to be some fun games. They're two good teams.
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