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Packers CB Jaire Alexander is 'fully capable of that every week'

Key comments from Green Bay’s coordinators

CB Jaire Alexander
CB Jaire Alexander

GREEN BAY – The Packers' three coordinators met with the media Thursday. Here's a sampling of their key comments.

Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia

On the breakdowns vs. the Jets:

The kickoff from the 50, I did a poor job, I gave us a poor twist call, put us in bad position on that, that's on me. And then the blocked punt, I sent in a bad protection call, I put us in the wrong protection responsibility and I think that they capitalized on that, came up with a big blocked punt, and got points out of theirs. (On the blocked FG) I think the snap was a little bit high, it might've slowed down Mason just a little and we gave up some push over there on the left side. They just did a great job with their three big guys and I actually was excited about the push/pressure we had on our field-goal rush team as well, we just didn't get our hand on one.

On Eric Wilson blocking the punt:

It's a call that he happened to be in position for but he's played a lot of special-teams football. I remember him playing on a good unit up there in Minnesota for awhile and obviously Gutey and those guys in personnel do a really good job of when he became available to getting him for us. And he's played well since he's been here. So we're expecting him to just keep getting better and better the more he learns about the system. We've put him in some different spots now, so hopefully we'll see a lot more of him.

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry

On Jaire Alexander's coverage vs. Jets WR Garrett Wilson:

(Number) 17 last week, he's an up-and-coming, really good player. Specifically with Ja, I thought Ja played outstanding last week. I think he's fully capable of that every week. He was really, really in a good place.

On Washington QB Taylor Heinicke:

I've got a ton of respect for that kid. He's just always been one of those guys that, no matter where he's been, at whatever level, the guy just makes plays. I think he's an incredible competitor that, no matter when he gets his chance, no matter how he gets it, he seems like he always takes advantage of it. He has our full attention, there's no doubt about it, especially with the way that he came in and played last year. I've got a ton of respect for him.

On whether the defense got tired in the second half vs. Jets:

We've got to do our job first and foremost. That's playing 60 minutes of football. I honestly don't know if I've ever been a part of a game where eight series of the game were as dominant as they were and just things happen. But that's NFL football. You have to play a 60-minute football game. Not by any means do I think our guys ever relaxed or their guard went down. I'm not saying that at all. I thought our guys, the mindset, the demeanor that they had the whole game, we just let a couple of plays get away from us and unfortunately it really hurt us. I didn't feel at all that they were gassed or tired or anything like that. It was a couple of bad-luck things that happened to us and it was a little bit of a landslide.

Offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich

On Robert Tonyan looking more like he did pre-injury:

It was great last week to get him more involved. I think every week he's improving. I can't really say he's a certain percentage or anything, but you can just see it every single week that he goes out there he just gets a little bit better, a little bit more explosive, a little bit more confident. So that's exciting to see.

On David Bakhtiari getting closer to full strength:

The biggest thing for him is just finding that groove of how much can I practice and feel my best on Sunday? And after I play, what's my knee going to be like and how can I practice the next week? So I think he's found his groove there and is in a good place with that. I definitely think as we keep going we should see more and more positive things from him.

On bouncing back from a poor performance:

When you play 17 games, rarely are you going to play all 17 games your best. You'd like to believe that. You'd like to think hey, we're going to come out and play our best every single week. Sometimes things go bad, and that's what happened last Sunday. But the best thing about it, we've got great guys in that room and on our offense and on our team that work their butts off, are tough. We had a bad day. Well, guess what, pull your bootstraps up and let's get to work. That's basically what we said. Guys know that wasn't the standard. They know what the standard is. We've performed at a high level for a long time, so we've just got to right the ship and get going.

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