David Bakhtiari wants more accountability with Packers

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During a press conference introducing head coach Matt LaFleur, Packers CEO Mark Murphy said that he spoke to a collection of nine players about what they wanted in a new head coach and said the group “wanted someone who would hold the players accountable” while eliminating complacency that had set in over the years.

We don’t know if left tackle David Bakhtiari was part of that group, but he is signing off on the accountability end of things. During an appearance with Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher on ESPN Wisconsin, Bakhtiari said there “needs to be that fear for guys across the board” that their jobs are on the line and that it hasn’t felt that way with the Packers recently.

“The one thing that always rubbed me the wrong way, and I guess it can kind of parallel with complacency, is accountability,” Bakhtiari said. “The one thing that would really grind my gears was guys being late for the plane and no one holding those guys accountable or even fining them for being late. [It should have been], ‘Hey, we’re leaving at 1:30. You’re not there, the door is closed.’ That’s how it needs to be.”

Bakhtiari has spoken to LaFleur and said he appreciated the new coach’s “freshness” during their conversation. How that freshness plays with the roster at large will be the major storyline of the Packers offseason.

32 responses to “David Bakhtiari wants more accountability with Packers

  1. Oops,,,

    Watch out, David. GB fired Winston Moss for saying that players need to be held accountable.

    But, then, maybe Bahktiari wants out of GB……

  2. I’d hate to have been the player that got a glare from Bakh when late for the plane.

    I did like the suits for travel that was incorporated late last season. Business trips. I think players actually enjoy being in suits for road trips.

    Hint to LaFleur.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  3. “The one thing that always rubbed me the wrong way,

    ……
    Sounds like this had been a problem for a long time. Maybe David or some other players should have taken more of a leadership role and straightened it out when it first bothered them.

  4. Until the quarterback is held to those same standards of accountability instead of being protected as “a hell of a quarterback” and all blame deflected onto the defense or the head coach, the Packers will continue to spin their wheels. And if u down vote this, then you’re in denial…

  5. Just don’t say that everyone needs to be held accountable “including #12” or you will be packing your bags with a one-way ticket out of Green Bay. Winston Moss knows how that goes.

  6. “After having another fantastic season, David Bakhtiari has been named an All-Pro left tackle for the first time in his career. He was named a 2016 and 2017 second team All-Pro, making this his third consecutive season being selected to a team”

  7. ariani1985 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 10:38 am
    Try actually not giving up 2 sacks a game on average!
    ——————————-

    The guy is an 1st team all-pro. You would be slurping him if he was on your OL

  8. Until the quarterback is held to those same standards of accountability instead of being protected as “a hell of a quarterback” and all blame deflected onto the defense or the head coach
    —–
    Because of that QB, we’ve been successful in spite of our defense and head coach. It’s amazing how quickly AR is vilified after one down year.

  9. I thought they didn’t have problems like this with the championship tradition of Green Bay!–or so we have been led to believe by their fans. Perhaps the Packers are like any other team in the NFL after all.

  10. pkrlvr says:
    January 31, 2019 at 10:05 am
    The more I read about McCarthy’s tenure the more I’m glad we fired him.
    ———–
    At the end of the 2017 season, it was fire the defensive coordinator !!!
    Fire Thompson !!!!!!

    The packers then retooled and hired an inside guy for GM that McCarthy and Rodgers wanted. And hired a new defensive coordinator.
    It didn’t work in 2018.

    Now after 2018, it is fire McCarthy !!!!!!!

  11. Yeah, like LaFleur is going to hold Rodgers accountable when he is late for the plane. HaHaHa.
    Nothing changes in that regard as like as one player gets extra special treatment.
    Sorry David, your gears will have get grind some more.

  12. He didn’t give up two sacks a game, in fact he was among the highest rated offensive linemen in the league this year.
    One of my favorite Frank Winters stories includes a time Favre held the ball for a good 7 seconds and got sacked. Favre blasted the oline and Bag o’doughnuts turned to him and told him flat out to throw the dang ball… sacks are not always the oline’s fault and anyone watching a packer game this year can see how bad Rodgers is at throwing it because he’s worried about his stats.

  13. Not Bak’s job to hold others accountable. His job is to block which he does very well. Just another reason McCarthy’s time was up.

  14. bondlake says:
    January 31, 2019 at 10:18 am
    Oops,,,

    Watch out, David. GB fired Winston Moss for saying that players need to be held accountable.

    —————

    Moss was fired because it was HIS job to hold players accountable as a coach and didn’t. Then he was dumb enough to point out he wasn’t doing his job….

    Players showing up late and ppl assume AR was the player, he’s the one guy you don’t have to worry about. He’s the guy who won’t go to the Pro Bowl over lack of effort but yeah, totally going to show up late for the plane.

    Believable.

  15. Never mind that the veteran players will laugh at our young LaFleur, who sold the execs on himself in his interview, but doesn’t have the chops to lead the players. So, we will try to balance our old complacency with a fresh new coach who will instill accountability into our team. Other than the old execs and a few delusional fans, no one believes this will happen.

  16. Just wait until Bakhtiari finds out he won’t get vacation during training camp anymore. See if his tune changes then. Kinda like how Packer fan’s tune changed from when they used to defend McCarthy giving special players vacation during training camp and now are cheering for more accountability.

  17. codylaws says:
    January 31, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    actually try telling #12 to play better
    ////////////////////////////

    Rodgers wore a knee brace for eight games, played through two or more games with a hamstring injury, and missed the last game in the concussion ptotocol. He STILL outperformed Kirk “Guaranteed” Cousins.

    Why aren’t you on a Vikings thread busting Cousins’ balls for outright failing the Vikings? Wait. I know why! Because you jealous idiots enjoy picking unnecessary fights, that’s why.

  18. They won’t find anybody on that team held more accountable than Rodgers on himself. His teammates all know it too. They all know he represents their best career opportunity to win a SuperBowl, and they want everybody held accountable to his satisfaction. I’d want it no other way.

  19. vikesfan says:
    January 31, 2019 at 11:39 am
    I thought they didn’t have problems like this with the championship tradition of Green Bay!–or so we have been led to believe by their fans. Perhaps the Packers are like any other team in the NFL after all.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    They aren’t. They have thirteen championships. That alone makes them unlike anybody else. For example; Some teams have never won anything, and have no prospects for that fact changing anytime soon. Does that sound the same to you?

  20. “Bakhtiari said there “needs to be that fear for guys across the board” that their jobs are on the line…”

    Well, that doesn’t sound like fun. Kinda sounds like that team that is always in the SB.

  21. The Purples out in force today….. guess two playoff wins in 14 years makes them experts on accountability. Good thing too, because Zimmer doesn’t practice it. (“It’s the kicker, no it’s the OC”)

  22. Aside from all the purples vs yellows name calling, David really should have taken the bull by the horns. Hes a veteran at a key position who is one of the best at what he does. Unfortunately, maturity and leadership are not amongst his amazing skillset.

  23. igocommando says:
    February 1, 2019 at 12:29 am
    Aside from all the purples vs yellows name calling, David really should have taken the bull by the horns. Hes a veteran at a key position who is one of the best at what he does. Unfortunately, maturity and leadership are not amongst his amazing skillset.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    How the hell would you know?

  24. I know a vikings fan isn’t commenting on O-linemen. whoooooo, that’s rich. I’m going laugh even harder when they miss the playoffs. again. then hire Mike McCarthy.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    January 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    codylaws says:
    January 31, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    actually try telling #12 to play better
    ////////////////////////////

    Rodgers wore a knee brace for eight games, played through two or more games with a hamstring injury, and missed the last game in the concussion ptotocol. He STILL outperformed Kirk “Guaranteed” Cousins.

    Why aren’t you on a Vikings thread busting Cousins’ balls for outright failing the Vikings? Wait. I know why! Because you jealous idiots enjoy picking unnecessary fights, that’s why.
    __________

    You keep saying this, but you know Rodgers didn’t outplay Cousins this year, and Cousins wasn’t even very good. Constantly saying Rodgers outplayed Cousins sounds like unnecessary fight picking to me.

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