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That Time David Bakhtiari Was Afraid of Aaron Rodgers

David Bakhtiari

Aaron Rodgers — NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, super-imposing figure. At least if you’re left tackle David Bakhtiari.

Although he’s a boss now, Bakhtiari admitted he was intimidated by Rodgers when he was a rookie. So much so that he avoided talking to the quarterback.

“I didn’t really talk to Aaron,” Bakhtiari said of his rookie season. “I was like, ‘If he speaks to me, I’ll speak to him.’ If he didn’t speak to me, I didn’t want to go up to him unless he wanted to engage in a conversation.”

Have things changed?

Kind of. At least there’s a dialogue now.

“Now there’s little things we can ask, talk about certain things and what he likes and doesn’t like,” Bakhtiari said. “Just the little details on how to become even better as a player for me in the pass game. Kind of molding my game to fit what Aaron wants. If Aaron wants this, I’m going to do this. If Aaron wants that, I’m going to do that.

“You have to have at least some type of cohesion relationship with your quarterback to know what he likes and doesn’t like. Then be able to match your game to what he wants to do so he can throw the ball as effectively as he can.”

It certainly doesn’t sound like Bakhtiari and Rodgers are close by any means.

And why would they be? Rodgers bangs hot broads. Bakhtiari appears in movies for broads.

Probably not a lot in common.

But who the hell cares, as long as Bakhtiari doesn’t get Rodgers killed?

Bakhtiari was borderline dominant at times last season. In his third season, we expect him to take another step, which would establish him as one of the best left tackles in the game.

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4 Comments

  1. Brian W June 25, 2015

    “Bakhtiari was borderline dominant at times last season. In his third season, we expect him to take another step, which would establish him as one of the best left tackles in the game.”

    Given TT’s predilection for watching good offensive linemen walk in free agency, his would also indicate that he will be playing somewhere other than Green Bay after his contract expires.

    1. E. Wolf June 25, 2015

      You mean like Rivera and Wahle? Admittedly, I loved Scott Wells at the time, and thought that was a mistake. And as much of a weak spot as center was for a couple of years, Wells fell apart as soon as he left.
      So it is unclear to me which premiere lineman Thompson let go.

  2. fred June 25, 2015

    Yeah Buluga walked in free agency oh wait no he didnt

  3. Howard June 25, 2015

    If there is one player other than Daniels that TT would extend before his contract is up it may be Bak.

    If my memory is correct didn’t TT extend Sitton and Lang with a year left on their contracts? Worked out well for both parties. Of course neither were left tackles.