Green Bay Packers Left tackle David Bakhtiari made his 2022 debut on Sunday when he started the match against Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the 14-12 win, Bakhtiari alternated with Josh Nejman, who had started the previous two games with a left-handed tackle, on a string-by-streak basis. In the end, Bakhtiari finished with 35 shots while two stars played 27. That surpassed Bakhtiari’s 27 shots in Week 18 of last season, the only game he fit into in 2021 after rupturing his ACL on New Year’s Eve 2020.
Often times, the offensive liner men would rotate, in any position, on a string-by-streak basis, not to mention the blind side tackle position. Because of the nature of this oddity, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Matt Lafleur were both asked about a left-hand tackle spin on Sunday after their win in Tampa.
Reporter: At first glance, how did it feel that the turn on the left intervention went today?
Rodgers: Yeah, I didn’t really notice anything. I felt it was an interesting idea, but it clearly worked. Dave seemed satisfied. Protection which I thought was great. I got hit maybe three or four times, and I took one bag. This is kind of a daily dream, especially in the face of that front on the road. Really good job by the guys up front and I hope Dave feels better and can play a little more next week.
Reporter 1: Dave said he wasn’t a big fan of Duran…
LaFleur, smiling: No. He was not.
Reporter 1: …but you stuck with it. Why do you think this was the way to go?
LaFleur: I thought all about it, in terms of well, you’re going to come here to an environment where, let’s face it, it’s hard to replicate what these guys had to play today. I thought about keeping Yosh involved, Yosh has been doing a great job all season and even going back to last year did a great job. Just from a conditioning point of view, to keep these two guys fresh, that’s something I remembered back in Houston when I was there with two guys Mike Briselle and Casey Stoddard. I’ll never forget asking Mike after the game about this and he says, “Yeah, he’s crazy,” because you know, defensively, they usually just roll D-linemen in and out to try to keep them fresh. And he says, “Yeah, I was so refreshing the whole game,” so he kind of goes back to that experience. Not much going on in this league, but just trying to keep it available throughout the whole game. We didn’t want to go from 0 to 60 with him regarding, well, that’s a guy who didn’t play much… really outside of Detroit [in 2021] He hasn’t played in nearly two years. Are you loading it up with 60 in-game plays? And we didn’t think it was the right thing to do and Yosh did a great job too, so it’s a credit to Yosh. Who knows how we will proceed?
Reporter 2: Is this a move for him? Next week it’s Green Bay, not South Florida.
LaFleur: Yeah, we’ll see how he responds. How is his knee responding to the load that has been put on him today and we are going to make a decision that we feel will be the best decision for us as a football team going forward.
As he did on Sunday night, LaFleur stated on Monday that the team’s decision to rotate the tackles was influenced by the weather and that there is a possibility that Bakhtiari will take more shots in the fourth week against the team. New England Patriots.
Reporter: So how was the decision-making process? David said yesterday it was your call. I suppose you’ve talked to your experts in the medical staff as well, but even if he doesn’t like it, he has to acknowledge its success. So can you take us through the week and process there?
LaFleur: Like I said yesterday, we weren’t going from 0 to 60 with him, so we were either going to do some kind of ballpark calculation in terms of the probability of him being drawn at halftime or going back to my previous experience with doing this in Houston. Then I spoke to [offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich] And some of our coaches are about it. I spoke to [general manager Brian Gutekunst] around it; I spoke to [head athletic trainer Bryan Engel about it.] I spoke to [strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Gizzi] around it. And then I finally spoke to our players about this, to David and Yosh. I spoke to Aaron [Rodgers] About it, I just wanted to express his feelings about it, because, in the end, I want to make sure he’s comfortable with what we’re doing there. I’ve talked to a lot of guys about it, I think, and made that decision collectively.
Reporter: And when the players aren’t on board, do you tell them we’re doing it anyway or how does that part work?
LaFleur: I told you, I always listen to our guys, but in the end we have to make decisions and we have to make decisions in the best interests of our team. Tried to give them the reason behind it and I thought it was right, just in terms of this guy who didn’t play much, didn’t have much of a team [practice.] The weather definitely played a part in this decision because you can’t replicate that. It was definitely wet. Shoot, I saw the effects of what happened on a man like [receiver Allen] Lazard, which is in very good condition. That played a role in anticipating a guy, especially early on, I mean, I want to say we have 12 drives and then 10 drives when we can actually pick the first in the first half. All of this played a role in the decision. Is it going to be something we’re going to do next week? I do not know that. I think we’ll see where he is and make a plan for this week.
Stay tuned for Bakhtiari’s participation in training this week, but don’t be surprised if he has a day off, too. Lafleur stated two weeks ago that Bakhtiari would be so “One day, one day off” Go ahead, even when he’s healthy enough to play games full time. in week 3, Bakhtiari was not participating on Wednesday But exercise on Thursday and Friday. in the second week, Missed Thursday’s training. In the first week, it is Friday missed practice After he was in the stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.
There was no real rhyme or reason for Bakhtiari’s day to take a rest during the week, from an outside perspective, as long as he’s been training twice this week, it should be a sign he’s on his way to at least splitting duty again. Look for him to be included as a full participant as well, as he has only been listed as a limited participant in practice this season.
The Packers are set to play three losing teams in their next four games, 2-0 New York Giants – which could be 2-2 by the time Green Bay travels to London for the match – being the only team with a winning record. After that “easy” month of opponents, though, the Packers will have to play the Bills at Buffalo in Week 8, the last remaining game of the 2022 season as Green Bay is expected to be an underdog. Bakhtiari maintains his health enough to line up against von Miller who passes the All-Pro and is definitely in the back of LaFleur’s head as he makes these decisions going forward.