After bye week, Packers prepare for unbeaten Rams
— The Green Bay Packers went back to work Monday following their bye week knowing they’ll have their hands full with the undefeated Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
But before they worry about the Rams, they focused on another team: Their own.
“Today’s about self-improvement,” McCarthy said after his players went through various meetings on their first day back at work after five days off. “And that’s all I talked to them about in the team meeting. Even the things we are doing pretty good statistically is not good enough, and that’s always been the approach here.”
Among the meetings players attended Monday were what McCarthy calls “across-the-hall” meetings, in which defensive coaches give offensive players their observations and pointers and vice versa.
McCarthy said each meeting was roughly an hour and a half long and paired up various positions so coaches and players could engage in evaluation of the information gleaned from the staff ’s bye week self-scouting.
For example, left tackle David Bakhtiari said he and the other offensive tackles, along with the tight ends, met with their outside linebacker teammates Monday. With offensive line coaches James Campen and Jeff Blasko coaching up Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and the edge rushers, while linebackers coach Winston Moss shared his findings with the tackles and tight ends.
“It’s breaking down, if they were to play us this week, ‘This is how I’d approach you. This is what I’m seeing on film,’” Bakhtiari said. “It’s a different viewpoint instead of just your offensive line coach.”
Added veteran cornerback Tramon Williams, whose group was paired with the wide receivers: “Those guys are talking about the things that give them trouble, we’re talking about the things that give us trouble.
“We go over film and look at some clippings of what we’ve done well or what we might not have done so well, and I think it just helps everybody in general to know that, ‘OK, going forward, this is the