Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers center Corey Linsley was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were chemistry along the offensive line, growth as a player and gearing up for the Broncos.
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: Three of the Packers' five starting offensive linemen were drafted in the fourth round, and another was drafted in the fifth round. Why has it worked so well for you guys as a group? Are cohesion, chemistry and demeanor perhaps even more important than simply having the skill to play?
Bakhtiari: Our ability to develop once you get there. A chip on your shoulder you could say. At the end of the day, the biggest thing is our ability to work together with one another, meshing and understanding. We're all really close, all really good friends, and I think that carries over onto the field and you can see it. ... I wouldn't say we're all exactly the same, but we have some similarities. The biggest thing is we don't have any really big differences that would separate us or not make us understand one another.
Q: What has been the biggest area of growth you've seen in yourself in going from Year 1 to Year 2?
Linsley: I think I've made a mental leap. I feel like I'm more mentally in tune with the offense. Started off good but kind of took a little slide, I guess, the past three games. Just not in tune with some of the things I'm doing. I'd say the biggest jump from Year 1 to Year 2 that I've kind of figured out is the pressure is always there and will never go away. No matter what position you play, no matter what you're doing, every year you just come back and it's like you've got to take the attitude that you're fighting for a job, fighting for the team. You've got to have that attitude. ... There's no relaxing, for sure.
Q: You face the undefeated Broncos on Sunday night in Denver. It's primetime. Two MVP quarterbacks are facing off. Two unbeaten teams are going at it. Are those your favorite type of games to play?
Bakhtiari: It's definitely going to be a fun one. They've got a good defense. They've got a pretty good offense. We've got a good defense. We've got a good offense. It's going to be fun. I know I'm excited.
Linsley: Just like coach (Mike) McCarthy said, this is the type of stuff you live for. Big games to get hyped up for. Going to be cool.
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