Bakhtiari: Tempo key for Packers' offense
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, Gannett Wisconsin Media's live weekly football show. Packers guard Matt Rotheram was Bakhtiari's guest.
Among the topics they touched on were healing from an injury, the Packers' offensive attack and Badgers football coach Paul Chryst. 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's the ankle healing? What's your level of confidence that you'll be on the field for Saturday's NFC divisional matchup against Arizona?
Bakhtiari: High. It's high every week. It's getting there. Just taking the steps I can. Of course, it's frustrating. I would hope you would expect me to be out there, and I want to be out there, too. I'm not a big fan of standing around and not doing my job. As soon as I can get back out there, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be back out there.
Q: What signs did you see from Sunday's victory over Washington that would suggest your offense has regained its rhythm?
Bakhtiari: Consistency, that's one. And everyone being on the same page is two. And three, just the fast tempo. The quicker everyone's going as a whole offense, it tires a defense out. And that's really our MO. So when we get going and we start going fast, that's when we're able to march down the field and score touchdowns and really kind of back the opposing defense into a corner. And that's exactly where we want them. So if we continue to do that, I think we'll be very productive putting up points. And that's exactly what you need in these playoffs.
Q: Your head coach at Pitt was Paul Chryst — now the coach at the University of Wisconsin. What makes him such a good coach and such a good offensive mind?
Rotheram: The thing about Coach Chryst, he's so passionate about the game. He reminds me of (Packers) Coach (Mike) McCarthy in that respect. And he just loves football so much. He cares so much about every little aspect of the game. And he wants to get to know every single player on the team. He's so checked in with the fine details of the game — even something so small as aiming points for offensive linemen on the zone read game, the quarterback's depth in the drop. ... He's locked into all of it. That's one thing I really took away from Coach Chryst is to really appreciate all of those fine details in the game because that's what makes it special.