Wolfe Rookie Diary: 11th Entry

In this installment of his Rookie Diary, Garrett Wolfe writes about the frustration the entire team felt in Detroit, backing up both Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson, and growing up in Chicago watching all those Bears-Packers games.

It was good to get into the game for more than just one play this time. I realize that for the most part I'm a situational-type player, or at least that is what my role with the team is so far. So any time I get the opportunity to play, I'm very excited. My job right now is to be sure that when I am in, I do exactly what I am told to do. That's the way a rookie can get his playing time increased.

I'd be happy to get in there for the entire game or at least receive 15 or 20 snaps, but we do already have two strong players in place at this position. And I understand that I am nowhere near that point yet.

The game against Detroit was a difficult one. You never want to get a loss, and a loss like that is very hard to take. But it's behind us now, and it's time to move on. I think that having the Packers next on the schedule will be a very good thing. It's a longtime rivalry, and it should be an intense game. That's the kind of thing you want at this point, a difficult game that could end up turning our season around.

I think that all of my teammates are feeling the frustration for not having things go the way we've wanted them to so far. The Packers are coming into this game with a great record and a lot of momentum. It is up to us to change their direction.

It's not for me to say how the offense should be run. I am very content to back up both Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson. They are the players with the experience, and I should be learning from them.


RB Garrett Wolfe
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Brian Griese is a good player. He's doing everything that he can to change things around and get the momentum back on our side of the ball. We are still working out the timing on some of the offensive plays, and that showed on the field last weekend. He just hadn't had the chance to get that many snaps with the first-team offense. By this week, things should be going much more smoothly.

It's up to us to start executing better. I don't see the fault as being with anyone or with any position in particular. We have to be more productive as a unit.

An offense should be a very precise thing moving together on the field. Each player needs to be doing exactly what he's supposed to do. If any one person doesn't execute his assignment exactly, things can fall apart. That's the kind of thing a defense can spot and use against you. I think that's what we'll be concentrating on this week, execution and following through.

Green Bay's defense has shown itself to be a tough one in their games so far. I think because of that, it's even more important that we are confident in our assignments and in our ability to carry through. There won't be any room for error. I'm envious of them and their record. Who wouldn't want to be undefeated? It seems that everything has been going their way.

This is one of those times that can be a team's turning point. There's plenty of time left on our schedule if we can start winning now. We need to all start pulling in the same direction in terms of setting things right. I think that each of us has some responsibility to do this. We all have the talent, but we need to raise our level of play.

Of course, growing up in Chicago, I am quite familiar with the Bears-Packers games. It's something I've followed for years. Having the opportunity to play in something like that will be a thrill. And the fact that it will be nationally televised should make the experience even more intense.

Sure there will be a lot of pressure to do well, but we all thrive on pressure. Otherwise, we wouldn't be playing this game. But we definitely feel a sense of urgency. We want to come out and play well, and most definitely we want to win this football game.

Actually, the Bears have a good record against the Packers at Lambeau Field. That's somewhat surprising as their fans are very much involved in the home games as far as noise level is concerned. If we are focused and execute the plays, we should be right in there. Every game to us is a must win. Going against the Packers is certainly no exception.

Garrett Wolfe writes his Rookie Diary with longtime correspondent Beth Gorr every week exclusively for BearReport.com.


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