Bakhtiari: Get back to our 'Packer standard'
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics that were touched on were aches and pains, defining character and the 2010 Packers. 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: Thursday's matchup against the Lions will mark your fourth game in 19 days and your third in 12 days. What has been your biggest challenge in trying to get through that grind?
Bakhtiari: (Laughing) I'll be honest, I feel terrible. Just fatigued - mentally, physically, emotionally. But it's your job, so I've got to get ready and do what you can. It just means a lot more outside work to get your body right. But I'll be honest, it's not fun. Physically is the No. 1 (challenge). I have age on my side, which is nice. A couple of the older guys are hurting more, just because they're getting older. I don't really feel that yet, but I have a feeling it's going to come. ... That and psychologically. It's really hard to get amped up - at least for me, I get really amped up before games. It's hard to have that quick turnaround and get those juices flowing on such short weeks. You have to recharge the battery, but you have to kind of put it in overdrive.
Q: Corey Linsley said earlier this week the game against Detroit will show the type of character the 2015 Green Bay Packers possess. Do you agree with that? What kind of character do you think this team has?
Bakhtiari: Yeah, I can agree with him. ... It's going to be tough. The schedule is not in our favor, but this is kind of no-excuses, do what you've got to do. This is your job. We have our Packer standard: winning football games. That's what we have to get back to, and that's what we plan to do. And the guys who don't want to follow suit will be highlighted.
Q: You were a member of the 2010 Packers team that won Super Bowl XLV. That team battled through a number of injuries and was 8-6 through 14 games before getting hot and winning its final six to claim the NFL title. What clicked for you guys down the stretch? And do you see any similarities between that team and what this current Packers squad is going through?
Crabtree: It's hard to say exactly what clicked. I think if you knew what that was, or what to call it, every team would have it or try to attain it. We were a pretty banged-up team that year and had a lot of young guys that did whatever it took to kind of keep their spot on the team. And in turn, it made everyone better. Yeah, I see (this year's team) being in a similar spot. I hate at this point of the year when teams that are in the position they're in ... are left for dead and everybody's panicking. ... I think they're in a good spot. I think people don't need to panic and just kind of let things play out.
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