Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/11/12
Jeff Saturday, former center for Peyton Manning is now part of the Green Bay Packers. He’s now part of the quarterback –center battery along with Aaron Rodgers. The 2-3 Packers are having some issues on offense, and in all trying to pull a once championship team back into form. The question that is always asked “how is the chemistry in the locker room?” Saturday spoke on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis with Grady and Big Joe about his transition to the Packers and the temperature in the locker room. “It’s been a big transition for me — the philosophy, the offense is completely different. The style of the offense line play here is completely different than what we had in Indy for so many years, so it’s been a bit of a learning curve. It’s been one of those things where you try to learn as much as you can in OTAs and in training camp, but the reality is, at this point in my career, the things you need to learn you can’t really learn until you get into a game with somebody to really see when the bullets are flying what it is going to look like and how it’s all going to play out. It’s been a transition for sure. It’s one that I would say, coming as an offensive lineman, I guess you get so accustomed to playing the style you’ve played for so many years that when you do change you have to catch up with the guys who are here.” “Yeah there is a complete difference. They are football crazy here. They are all owners of the team. They take big pride in the Packers organization and they are going to be there. … The craziest thing for me is getting to the stadium. I see so many people in the parking lots of the games and they don’t even go inside. You know what I mean? The place has been sold out for 40 or 50 years, but there are so many fans who just come here to be a part of the festivities around the games. The whole town shuts down for Packers and everybody is so involved with the team and all the stories surrounding the team that that part has been cool to be a part of. That’s one of those things when I was in college you had … the Tar Heels had a great basketball team. You go to Indy, they got not only us, but baseball, basketball, racing. It’s a big sports town, but with Green Bay you literally just got the Packers, so you are the main focus all day and every day. It’s been a neat experience for me to get to see it from that side.” On the locker room: “Coach McCarthy has talked a lot about where we are. It’s the condition of our team that we are concerned about much more than the position. We’re 2-3 and there’s a lot of football left, but we’re doing a lot of things to hurt ourselves and in all of the games we’ve lost, we’ve done it and we are not correcting the mistakes we need to correct. The one thing about him [Coach McCarthy] is that he is straightforward as a coach. He lays out what he wants done and accomplished. We just haven’t adapted. We haven’t played well enough to win. We’re making mistakes in key moments and that’s really hurting us as a team, whether it be offense or defense we both share the issue of making mistakes in inopportune times and leaving teams in to have a chance to win.”
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