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Offline porky88  
#71 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:12:51 PM(UTC)
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I wanted to let this news digest before commenting. I’ve always felt Bryan Bulaga could play left tackle. It’s been my opinion of him since 2010’s draft. I actually thought Buffalo would take him in the top 10 because of this reason. I also think he’s incredibly underrated. He had his worst game on Monday night football, which is why so many feel unsure about him. That’s a false evaluation, though. Beyond that half of football, he’s been rock solid for the better part of his last 20 games. He’s a fine technician and has experience playing the position, so I think they can make it work.

I do worry, though, that a very good right tackle sometimes makes for an average left tackle. Average would look good right now on the left side, but that’s unfair to Bulaga’s development. The Ravens face similar problems with Michael Oher. He doesn’t have the feet to play left tackle. He’s a great right tackle, but moving him around has hindered his growth.

Sitton is such a great player that I don’t foresee an issue with him moving to left guard. He’s a great run blocker and protector. He’s a whale stuck in the pond (the pond being Green Bay’s o-line). I also understand the concept of shoring up the left side. That’s Aaron Rodgers’ blindside. If you’re going to have a weakness, then have it on the right side, so Rodgers can see the pressure and react more quickly.

My feelings on Lang have soured. He was solid in 2011, but below average last year. He's always been versatile. He’s played both tackle positions and now both guard positions. I think the transition will affect him the least, but he doesn't have the most to lose.

Overall, it’s good to get Marshall Newhouse out of Aaron Rodgers’ blindside. He’s just not a very good starter, in my assessment. I’d like to see him as a backup swing player. This really helps David Bakhtiari. He’s a good pass protector with left tackle footwork. He just doesn’t have left tackle size. I think they’ll allow him to compete at right tackle and he’s capable of winning that job. The wild card is Sherrod. If he’s healthy, then right tackle isn’t a bad spot for him. Perhaps you could slide Bakhtiari inside to push Lang and have Sherrod settle at right tackle. That’d be almost the best scenario, as Lang needs pushing.

I like to refrain from May predictions, but I could see Bulaga, Sitton, EDS, Lang, and Bakhtiari as the week one starting offensive line. That represents improvement, but there's a big onus on that right side.
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Offline nerdmann  
#72 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:22:00 PM(UTC)
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Bulaga has played well at LT before. They moved him to RT, because he has "shorter arms" than Sherrod. Sherrod has a cutout of his hands at the Packers HoF, because he is the largest man on the team.

No reason Bulaga can't get it done. In fact the reason they moved him over was to solidify that side.

I see a rookie beating out EDS at C and Newhouse getting challenged at RT.
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#73 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:44:03 PM(UTC)
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I like all these thoughts. I also think it would be a positive to mix things up a bit, for a couple of reasons.

We may get some positive results with different looks for the various d linemen we face. One d might lineman have our previous o lineman "figured out"- notsomuch with a new, equally competent one, with perhaps different weaknesses and "tendencies".

I totally agree about the Saturday comments. I think Shawn spoke of the "unit" . Saturday's play set us back, imo. He was out of gas. Great career, respect it, not for us, though, it happens- Don't blame Ted for that try.

These guys are not going to forget how to play their old positions, so we can always shuffle back as needed, and the time to try these moves is now, as regards the 2013 season- I did hear and feel Shawn on the "continuity" thing, but we have to think pluses and minuses, and this shit is not working, it is killing us on offense and defense-- we need a ground-control-element, and we need to protect the Green Bay Packers entire identity in one Aaron Rodgers, and that is very little overstatement.

This may work, imo, and that is encouraging, to me, as a close follower of our offensive line play.
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#74 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:52:15 PM(UTC)
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nerdmann said: Go to Quoted Post
I see a rookie beating out EDS at C and Newhouse getting challenged at RT.


While I think EDS will start out the year at C, I don't see him lasting all 16 games there. It'd be nice if one of the rookies or last years backups focused solely on being a 'dedicated' C with no moving around.

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#75 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 6:29:53 PM(UTC)
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While I think EDS will start out the year at C, I don't see him lasting all 16 games there. It'd be nice if one of the rookies or last years backups focused solely on being a 'dedicated' C with no moving around.



LOL, we all know THAT ain't happening.

As for Saturday, blame Ted all you want, but we got more out of him than the Rams got out of Wells. We still came out ahead, imo.
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#76 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 6:39:27 PM(UTC)
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LOL, we all know THAT ain't happening.

As for Saturday, blame Ted all you want, but we got more out of him than the Rams got out of Wells. We still came out ahead, imo.


Oh I know. With this team the term offensive lineman is taken quite literally
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#77 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2013 8:03:16 PM(UTC)
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pretty good, Mucky, lol

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