Bakhtiari: Packers are a 'complete team'
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers rookie running back John Crockett was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were injuries, winning games and winning championships. 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: You suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's victory over the Raiders. What's the status for you as you look ahead to that big Week 16 matchup against Arizona? Will you be on the field?
Bakhtiari: I'm day to day. I'm just happy it's not broken. That's what I was scared about. I thought I might have broken my leg. But I didn't, which is good. We can all relax, including myself. Day to day - I'll see. ... It's progressing.
Q: There seemed to be a lot of dissatisfaction in your locker room after the game despite earning a tough road win against a rising team that has a lot of talented pieces. How do you assess the offensive performance against Oakland? Victories are hard to come by in the NFL, right?
Bakhtiari: The one thing I said in my postgame interviews is I'd rather take an ugly win over a pretty loss. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. We're winning. That's the No. 1 most important thing. We're a balanced team - offense, defense, special teams, which is awesome. The two (previous) years I've been here, it has pretty much been an offensive powerhouse is what won the games. And if that's not going our way, then we have to hope that another phase of our game steps up. This year, I'm very confident that no matter what on special teams and on defense, that it doesn't all hinge on the offense's shoulders. That's huge. Being a complete team - that's huge. And the frustration part? We just know what we're capable of. And the ability to not be as consistent as we'd like to be and make the plays that we know we should be making is frustrating with the weapons that we have. But I don't care. Did we win or lose? That's the most important thing.
Q: You won state championships in high school and national championships in college. While it's completely different levels than the NFL, does this current Packers team share some of those same characteristics that define and fuel championship runs? What are those characteristics?
Crockett: It's the characteristics of a winner. You've just got to find a way to get the job done. There's no need for excuses. There's no need for if this didn't happen. There's no need for a scheme. There's no need for none of that. It's at this point and at this play, I have to be better than the next man and help this team win. And if you have that mindset, then you'll be a winner. That's how you've got to play the game.