Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers guard Josh Walker was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were studying an opponent, offensive production and being prepared to play. 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: How do you prepare for your individual matchups every week? What are you looking at and studying?
Bakhtiari: What I did this last week was I kind of broke down what (Rams defensive end Robert Quinn) likes to do. What are his go-to moves? Tendencies? Of course, everyone has — I call it a little flavor — which is their changeup move every now and then. Just so I know and am prepared for it. And then beyond that, then I go into more detail, like tendencies — not only in the pass but the run. Their stance. If they're tilted. If they're leaning one way or the other. Any little thing I can pick up to get some sort of idea. Because when the bullets are flying, a lot of stuff can happen out there.
Q: You've faced some physical defenses already this season, and the offense has seemed a bit disjointed the last two weeks. But have we become too spoiled by the high level of consistent production we've seen over the years? You committed three turnovers against the Rams on Sunday but still won the game by two touchdowns.
Bakhtiari: I'm spoiled, too. I'm used to quick series and always marching up and down the field. The one thing we do know is what our offense can do, and we know what we're capable of. That's the most important thing. And right now what we're seeing is our defense and special teams not only continuing to improve but stay steady through the course. So we already know what we have ready and loaded to go on offense. I wouldn't be worried about it.
Q: As a backup guard that was pressed into duty against the Rams when T.J. Lang went down, how do you prepare and keep focused knowing you could be needed at a moment's notice?
Walker: It happened really quick, and I just happened to look out there and saw T.J. at the bottom of a pile. It's always a yellow flag. I'm like, 'Man, is he going to get up from that?' Because you've got to be ready to go. You get a very short window to get your warmup time in. ... (Offensive line) coach (James) Campen came up to me and said, 'You're up.' So I went in there and started a little flat on my first series, but I came out after halftime, settled down and played a pretty solid ballgame.
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