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Bulaga lost focus on fundamentals, wasn’t playing his game

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 27, 2012 – 5:28 pm

RT Bryan Bulaga, who has been one of the Packers’ best pass blockers over the last couple of seasons, attributed his rough first half on Monday night in Seattle to a lapse in fundamentals that took him out of his game.

Bulaga surrendered two early sacks to Seahawks rookie rusher Bruce Irvin, a first-round draft pick, and allowed other pressures of QB Aaron Rodgers throughout the first half. Rodgers was sacked eight times in all and the Packers were shut out at intermission.

“I didn’t use any fundamentals for most of the first half,” said Bulaga, who was beaten both by Irvin’s power and speed initially. “I was just out there … I don’t know what I was out there doing. I just wasn’t playing my game, and that’s what happens, and I know that’s not going to happen again.”

Bulaga is listed on the injury report this week with a knee injury and has been a limited participant in practice, but he said that had no bearing on his performance. Mike McCarthy said he expects Bulaga to “play through” the injury this week.

Bulaga added that he didn’t get a fire-and-brimstone speech from position coach James Campen at halftime. The score was only 7-0, and a tirade probably would have caused everyone to lose focus on a winnable game. Plus, the performance was so out-of-character for Bulaga and his linemates that the problems were as much mental as anything.

“It was more settle down and play your game,” Bulaga said. “I think that was the message he was trying to get out there. That’s what I had going on in my mind, just chill out here and do what I do. There was no screaming or yelling. I don’t think anyone in college or high school or even this level had that kind of first half as a group. It was a matter of we had to settle down and get it together here.”

The Packers did that, putting together three straight scoring drives in the second half, helped by a commitment to running the ball, which they did successfully.

“The first half was certainly not the way we want to play,” LG T.J. Lang said. “We got beat up pretty good there in the first half, but watching film of the second half, it’s inspiring to watch the way we responded out of that. It could have been very easy to put our heads down and go in the tank a little bit. But we responded in a positive way and had a pretty solid second half.”

The quick rebound has the linemen eagerly awaiting a return to the field Sunday against the Saints, both to continue that recovery and further erase the abysmal first half.

“There’s no excuse for your quarterback getting hit that many times,” Lang said. “It’s obviously embarrassing as a group, when your quarterback is getting hit like that, sacked eight times in one half. It’s something we take a lot of pride in, and we certainly need to have a better game this week keeping Aaron upright.”

Added Bulaga: “Yeah, it will get a little bit of bad taste out of our mouths I think.”

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36 Responses to “Bulaga lost focus on fundamentals, wasn’t playing his game”

  1. By Scott 1956 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Lost focus? For an entire half? The O-Line sucked out loud for three games in a row! I guess you’ll get your focus back when you play a defense that you can handle! The whole O-Line has been overmatched 3 games in a row! That’s not losing focus, that’s having your butt handed to you, because you’re not that good!

  2. By Hawk_Eye on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would say it was “a good old fashion butt whooping”.

  3. By billfromc'ville on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    We are all rooting for you Bryan GO PACK GO!!!

  4. By nigeriaguest on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    diaper tales of the old west

  5. By but,seriously! on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Scott 1956.

    You are absolutely correct!.

    Are we naive, or stupid enough to believe that fundamentals are to blame for the O-lines poor play for 3 games?. Cut the bull-lony, Bularga!.

    How many of us are excused for having forgotten to use the fundamentals at our jobs?. Ooops!, I didn’t charge that person for my services, or materials. Not to worry, I’ll just continue to fail until I get my fundamentals in order that have been drilled into me since probably high school, and fundamentally have been practicing all week!. Having dined exclusively on corn my whole life, can someone put whats expected of me in corn talk?. Too late!………….losing focus!…………..

  6. By Junior on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    that is a stupid way of saying you got owned by the Seattle defensive line. that’s like me saying that i forgot to pee standing up. get real man!!! you better work on your “FUNDAMENTALS” if you want Aaron to take you guys back to the Superbowl.

  7. By Jeff Kling on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Good for you to be able to turn it around in the second half.But for such a change to occur only means a total lack of mental prep for the first half. No excuse for a highly paid professional.

  8. By Chris Kobe on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Both of you DBs are ignorant as can be. i.e. Scott 1956 and but, seriously! Did you watch the game a second time? Did you see the absolute correction in blocking scheme and fundamentals that the offensive line made? They walked up and down the field in the second half because they changed their protections and believed in their fundamentals (proper sets, etc.) Further, it isn’t all on them, Rodgers has to either fire the ball or take off especially when the defense drops their linebackers so deep. You both need to get Pat Kerwan’s book “Keep Your Eye Off the Ball”

  9. By but,seriously! on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Chris Kobe

    The point Einstein:

    You never, ever, not for a half, or even one play, lose focus on your fundamentals!.

    Better read the book; How to swig down the urinal cake stuck in my throat!

  10. By Puska 35.M on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    “Better read the book; How to swig down the urinal cake stuck in my throat!”


    I take it that you are the author of the book you mentioned?

  11. By but,seriously! on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    @ Puska 35:

    Just like the crank stuck in yours….but seriously!

  12. By o,brotha on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    To but,seriously; LMAO FUNNY! Hey, I get it. Can’t take this too seriously

  13. By Pack4ever12 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Seattle fans still busy trolling after the win the NFL gave them. Every1 knows the hawks lost…Enough said, you’ll lose the ambition to troll when your team gets back to earning their losses and no more freebies are being handed out now that the Pack took one for the league and ended the lockout

  14. By jeffrey haupt on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    to me, the pack is two and one

  15. By jeffrey haupt on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    you people are mean, this is our beloved pack, they will get it together and win the super bowl!!

  16. By Rick on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    “How many of us are excused for having forgotten to use the fundamentals at our jobs?”

    How many of us have jobs where someone is trying to ruin everything we do, all day long?

  17. By David from N.C. on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Bulaga, it’s more than just one half in that one game.

    Not saying it’s all on you, but our line has trouble even blocking a four man rush.

  18. By Rodell on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again. The o-line has been an issue for some time now. Until they start drafting guy’s who are mean and ATHLETIC i expect to see them get worked by quicker athletic guy’s.

  19. By dety ernie on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    He lost focus because he knows there is no support on either side of him. This O line ranks close to the bottom of the heap in O lines. That is why the Pack will be 1-3 after Sunday and out of the playoffs already.

    Ted Thompson is trying to play ‘Billy Ball’. He will not spend a dime on a quality seasoned player due to the contract costs. The Packs mode of operation is centered around acquiring a lot of late round draft choices by trading number two’s and then hoping a few of them can play football.

    I have the Pack at 1-3 after Sunday at the bottom of their division and reality setting in on the fans. Lets compare them to the rivals: The Vikes and Bears both have a solid star running backs and better than adequate backup’s.
    The Lions, Bears and Vikes have stellar pass rushing.
    The Vikes and Lions have talented O lines.
    The Bears, Lions and Packers have talented passers.
    The Pack has talented receivers.
    Doesn’t take much to see the pattern. The competition is not a one trick poney.

  20. By dety ernie on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I place a huge amount of Blame on Mc and Don.

    In the Seattly game I commented to my wife that he needs to start running the ball to freeze that pass rush. Even for no gain, you must stop that on-slaught on every play.

    He actually put the pass rush in that comfort mode where they could forget the run and just focus on one thing, Rogers.

    Mc and Don has one very telling fault: he is stubborn and does not like to change things. When he does its sometimes to late. I agree that you stick with what works but you change quickly once it stops working. His 25-35 yard passing game stopped working in the Kansas City last year. Give it up. Go to shorted routes. If that’s too hard to figure then maybe you deserve to go 1-3.
    How many big time catches has Jordy Nelson, James Jones made since Kansas City game?

  21. By hawgnsonstv on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Pack WILL DOMINATE from here on out!

  22. By nigeriaguest on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

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  23. By rdschwalm on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I am afraid I have to agree with those who think the Pack is done for this year because you can’t re-build an offensive line in a few months, especially with the personnel they have. However, I think Offensive Coordinator, Tom Clement is in over his head. He should go back to tutoring quarterbacks and as long as he has a Rodgers or a Brady, he will look good!
    Moreover, Rodgers has looked lost and confused in the three games.

  24. By J Smith on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sick os these responses from the players. Last year we got the same sort of answer from the defense – basically saying the reason they gave up 400 yds in the 1st half was isolated – and they need to fix the mistakes and we’ll be back….yea back to give up 5oo yds in the 2nd half.

    Bulaga is smug – over-confident guy – got his butt kicked by a rookie —

  25. By northerner on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Brian the next time you and the rest of the line forget the basics maybe you all should cough up half a games salary. Don’t perform don’t get paid. That’s what happens in the real world. Start doing your jobs and quit making excuses. All will be happy.

  26. By joshua beier on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    you all are retarded The pack has fewer problems than most teams in the NFL and they will get their style of football going again with a better run game…Three games and you all are giving up…How damn sad ummmmm and lame go route for some other team and then you can go complain about them cause it seems alot of the people who post on here are always worried about something and blaming different areas of the packers….were you complaining last year….NO but here you are after 3 games and throwing in the towel…..Pathetic as fans can get

  27. By joshua beier on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply


  28. By Ruthan on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s just about it, each we start at 0-0.The Pack will get things back together. The season is young. Back our team!!!

  29. By o,brotha on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    The thing about being a Packer fan; Everyone has a compelling argument, and truly cares regardless if we agree on everything. No one is throwing in any towel, just honest people unwilling to listen to excuses by players.

    “Lost focus on the fundamentals” will never work in Green Bay. Let me say what Bulaga won’t.

    Hi, my name is Brian Bulaga, my butt got kicked. I’m too fundamentally sound to let this happen again!. Redemption is just a game away. Appreciate the faith!.

  30. By David on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Basically, we’re a 2 and 1 team. We got a few problems, but who doesn’t? We have a great quarterback and a team with a better defense than last year. Does anybody remember the up and down season when we WON the superbowl? Play each game to win, then forget about it. We have a class team, let’s remember to be class fans.
    Sometimes you lose because you flat got beat. Sometimes other things happen (meteorite strike or scab refs.).

  31. By bryan86 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Folks football doesn’t get exciting until week 6. This team will win this division and make a serioius push in the playoffs. The defense is much improved from last year as far as im concerned. Letting these young players play now will pay dividends later in the season and anytime you can keep Lynch under 100yds you have done a good job reguardless if it s only by 2yds.The offense needs to use Benson more and go to a real no huddle to offense. They just have no flow on drives and its bring on the kicker for field goal. MIke needs to let Aaron call some plays. BUt most of all run, run, run the football because here comes another aggressive defense. It will be fine folks,it won’t be long before everybody to see the boys from GB do thier thing.

  32. By oso negro on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Re Rodgers and the first three games: I daresay that any QB would be concerned regarding the receivers dropping passes, inability to run their patterns, and wondering when the next defensive lineman would have practically free access to your being. Will still stay with a 10-6 pre season projection.

  33. By Dakota on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Are you guys kidding me…. Really you all are one here bashing your own team saying they will go 1-3.Really?Whaat kind of fans are you. First you guys B*tch about the Defense, and that has now vastly improved, and now its the offense isnt good enough and your calling out for Mikes head? You guys are a poor excuse for fans. Sometimes Offenses start slow especially after a season like we had last year.

  34. By stephen smith on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    I believe it was lack of run attempts (4) in the first half. Seattle was just teeing off on the pass plus there secondary did a lot of holding for pass coverage. As everyone could see the refs sucked for both sides , the only difference was Seattle held more in the secondary.

  35. By ATLPackrfan on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    I think there a few reasons why our offense hasn’t looked that great over the first three games.

    1. We’ve played 3 really good defenses
    2. I think the Refs let the DBs get away with much more holding and illegal contact than the real refs will allow. This makes it more difficult for our receivers to get separation.

    Let’s see how our offense looks against the Saints, which don’t have a great D, with the real refs in place. My prediction is that the O looks much better tomorrow.

  36. By UglyJohn on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    I see all of the bandwagon fans from the last two years are teetering on the edge. Please jump off. You’ve been a huge pain in the @@@ and we’d like to get back to the real fans. Go loser fans, go.

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