Sitton: Packers' offense 'too predictable'
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers guard Josh Sitton was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were the Packers' offensive slump, sluggish starts and the mood of the locker room. 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: Why has the offense been so disjointed in recent weeks? How does it get fixed?
Sitton: I think that our offense has become too predictable. Teams know exactly what we're going to do every week. We need to show them some different things. We're not intimidating the defense right now. We're not making them think, so they can just play really fast. And obviously, we've just got to execute better. We're way too talented to not be playing at a high level right now. We need to execute what we do, and then do it better.
Q: Aaron Rodgers said after Sunday's game "the energy wasn't great from the start." Do you agree? And if so, any way to explain that lack of energy?
Sitton: Yeah, I agree with him. I could feel the energy, and it felt real low — even through warmups. ... The energy did feel low, and it has for the past couple of weeks. And I'm not sure why. We've got to correct it, though.
Q: You've displayed that energy, or sense of urgency, in mounting comebacks against the Lions and also the Panthers a week earlier. How do you bottle that up and then spread that energy through an entire game?
Sitton: I don't have a clue, man. It's tough. There's a lot of things that need to be corrected. There's a lot of situational football that needs to be better. We were better on third downs (Sunday), but third down has been real bad for us. I don't know. If we can win a game, that's going to bring that energy back. Winning corrects everything, no matter how you win. We just need to win a game.
Q: You're in the midst of a rare three-game losing streak. Where is the team emotionally as you prepare to face the first-place Vikings?
Bakhtiari: Everyone's a little mad about the (Lions) game. We feel like we should have been able to win that game, so it's sad to see that one slip away. But we've got to forget quick. We were able to watch the game and put it to rest, and we're ready to move on because we have a big game coming up — a big stretch coming up. We can't let the previous game affect us moving forward.