Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Green Bay Packers
By Rob Demovsky
Observed in the locker room after the Green Bay Packers' 34-30 loss at Cincinnati Bengals:
Unusually quiet: It was especially quiet in the visitor’s locker room after the Packers let a 30-14 second-half lead slip away and fell to a 1-2 record heading into the bye week. Even a rookie like left tackle David Bakhtiari could tell that it was an unusual postgame locker room. “We’re the Green Packers and we’re 1-2 right now,” Bakhtiari said. “I’m just a rookie, and I just got here and can tell it’s not something they’re used to and they’re not comfortable with and they don’t like.”
Game ball: The ball sitting in Johnathan Franklin's locker after the game was the one he carried on 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter for his first career NFL score. Franklin, who did not even play on offense the first two weeks, rushed for 103 yards in relief of injured starter James Starks. He did not even know he passed the 100-yard mark. “It doesn’t matter; we lost,” said Franklin, whose fourth-quarter fumble on fourth-and-1 led to the go-ahead touchdown for the Bengals. “I didn’t even know I ran for that many, but the ball was for my first touchdown.”
Taking the blame: Several members of the Packers’ offense were willing to take the blame for the Packers’ loss, especially considering the fact that the defense forced four turnovers. “That was hands downs one of the best games I’ve seen since I’ve been here for our defense,” third-year receiver Randall Cobb said.