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Q: What are your thoughts on the Green Bay defense?
TB: They’re really good. It’s a real good defense, especially at home. They do a great job with turnovers, and they lead the league in turnover margin or turnover differential – whatever that is – at plus-15 so that’s a big point of emphasis. They’ve got guys at every position. It’s a real complementary team. They’re one of the best teams in the league, so it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s fun getting a chance to go up to Lambeau again, so I know all the guys will be pretty pumped up.
Q: What is it like to play at Lambeau Field?
TB: I’ve been there – how many times have I been there – once in the regular season and I think in the preseason a few times, but it’s pretty sweet. Coach [Belichick] was talking a little bit about the history of the Packers. There is like 100,000 people in the entire town and 80,000 seats in the stadium. They’ve made quite a few additions over the years to the stadium. It’s a great organization. They’ve got a very storied history. It should be a fun weekend. It gives us a big test to go up there and try to play a team that’s been so dominant at home. We’re going to need to try to match their intensity and match their level of execution, but they do a lot of things really well.
Q: Does the early blitz that they seem to put on every team with their offense put pressure on you to execute offensively early in the game?
TB: Absolutely. This is not the team you want to get behind by. You get behind 14-0, and then it’s 21-0, then it’s 28-0, and before you know it, they’ve just got the game so well under control that you have no chance. You’ve got to be able to stay close to them. There is nothing other than solid execution that you could point to, and we’ve got to figure out the best ways to attack them. They present a lot of challenges. They can rush the passer. They’re good in coverage. They’ve got a real good secondary [with] great cover players. It’s a terrific team, great defense. We’re going to need to be sharp.
Q: You mentioned Bill Belichick talked about the Packers and their history. How does that come up and can you expound on what he said?
TB: He’s got such a great memory. I think he is always trying to educate us on different things. He’s done that for a while. He just kind of gives some young players who are maybe new to the league [insight]. Coach is really a historian, too. He’s been involved in NFL football for a long time. I think he really relishes these opportunities, whether it’s the Raiders or the Bears or something like this against the Packers, a team that’s been around for a long time with so many great teams and players and games over the years. He just gives some players some insight into what this team is all about.
Q: Bill Belichick was asked about similarities between you and Aaron Rodgers, and he said you both wear No. 12.
TB: That’s true. That’s probably as close as we’ll get right there. He’s just phenomenal. He’s just a great player. I always love watching him play because he does things that a lot of guys in the league can’t do, well that nobody can really do except him. For a quarterback, I really know how hard it is to do that, especially on a consistent basis, and he’s been as consistent as anybody who has ever played the position, so I’ve got a lot of respect for him.
Q: When the Packers were struggling earlier in the year, Aaron Rodgers told everyone to relax. You had a similar experience when your team was struggling early on. Is that a byproduct of experience and confidence to be able to stand there and put the past behind you?
TB: Yeah, I think you just have to have confidence in what you’re doing. What we went through, we went through, and hopefully we’ve moved past that and we’re at a different point now. Like I said, you never want to ride the ups and downs of the season. There are going to be ups, and there are going to be downs, and there are going to be long nights, there are going to be sleepless nights, and you’ve just got to stay true to what you’re doing and believe in the guys you play with, rely on your preparation to give you confidence going into the game, and then you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to do it. That’s what we get paid for – to go out there and run around and make a bunch of good plays and ones that are going to help your team win. Anybody could run around and help your team lose. That’s not why they pay us.
Q: Aaron Rodgers said earlier in the season that he loves talking football with you. What are those conversations like? What is your relationship with him like?
TB: I’ve known Aaron for a long time. We always enjoy seeing each other, and that’s what both of us love to do is talk football. I’m always trying to learn from him.
Q: He’s got 30 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.
TB: Yeah, it’s phenomenal. It’s hard to match that.