Bakhtiari: Beating Seahawks 'a little sweeter'
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers tight end Justin Perillo was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were beating the Seahawks, life on the practice squad and playing left tackle. 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: Now that Sunday's game is over and you've finally beaten the Seahawks, does it feel a little sweeter than a typical victory? There had to be a feeling of redemption, correct?
Bakhtiari: Any win feels good. A little sweeter, but it was a good win. It's nice being 2-0. The past two years, we've started out 1-2, so to be 2-0 starting off and heading into Week 3 - 3-0 would be very exciting. We've got a Monday night game coming up, so I'm really excited. We're starting off faster than the previous years I've been here, so it's going to be fun.
Q: Explain your role on the practice squad? How much time do you spend on the scout team giving your defense the looks it needs as it prepares for your upcoming opponent?
Perillo: We give the looks for whatever team we're playing that week.So we go against the No. 1 defense and just give them looks. And then we do special teams, as well. We do all the special teams and give them looks for that. We go to all the meetings during the week and do what everyone else does.
Q: Describe life as a left tackle in the NFL. As you're going against a talented defensive end like the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, what kind of in-game adjustments are you making to counter what he's doing? Is it a constant chess game?
Bakhtiari: It's not easy. In-game adjustments are trying to relax and just stay the course. ... Bennett's a hell of a player. The special part about him is he can play defensive end one play and them come play three technique, which is bumping inside, the next play. He's a nightmare on the inside, as well. His ability to move around — he's very slippery. And above all, the No. 1 thing I've noticed about him facing him is he's very quick, but he's got a lot of power. And then with the power, he's extremely slippery, which is a good combination for a defensive player. ... Basically, in-game adjustments (against Seattle) were relax, and just get into your zone. And once you get locked into your zone, just keep it for 60 minutes.
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