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Offline wpr  
#1 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2014 7:59:43 AM(UTC)
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No matter where Bryan Bulaga plays, regardless of whether David Bakhtiari remains at left tackle and whoever ends up playing center, the Green Bay Packers have more stability on their offensive line than they did last offseason.

It was nearly a year ago that coach Mike McCarthy and offensive line coach James Campen revamped the line by changing positions for four of the five starters. Bulaga and Josh Sitton switched from right tackle and right guard, respectively, to the left side.


I am looking for and expecting a step up for the OL this year. I don;t see them needing to add anyone during the draft unless they want to get a stud C
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#2 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2014 10:09:43 AM(UTC)
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Having been a huge critic of the OL and coach over much of the last decade, I have a much better feeling about this group heading into 2014.
I think barring any serious injuries this bunch could be pretty damn good.
Not great, but much better.
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#3 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2014 10:26:54 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: yooperfan Go to Quoted Post
Having been a huge critic of the OL and coach over much of the last decade, I have a much better feeling about this group heading into 2014.
I think barring any serious injuries this bunch could be pretty damn good.
Not great, but much better.


Who exactly are you assuming starts?

IF Sherrod suddenly plays like a first round pick, and IF Bulaga plays like he did several years ago, then, yeah, I feel the same way, but those are a couple of huge IFs.

If we settle for Bakhtiari and/or Barclay at the tackles, I can't see being very positive.

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#4 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2014 1:35:48 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: texaspackerbacker Go to Quoted Post
Who exactly are you assuming starts?

IF Sherrod suddenly plays like a first round pick, and IF Bulaga plays like he did several years ago, then, yeah, I feel the same way, but those are a couple of huge IFs.

If we settle for Bakhtiari and/or Barclay at the tackles, I can't see being very positive.



I don't even factor in Sherrod, my hope for him is faint.
The OL without Bulaga played better in 13 than they did in 12 IMHO.
Bak and Barc got valuable playing time and experience under fire, they will improve.
IF Bulaga comes back and plays well that's another +.
I think EDS will be much better in 14 (if he doesn't walk).
The guards are good and should be better in 14.

Tex, this is just a gut feeling that I haven't had in years regarding the OL.
The problem, in my book, is still the coaching.
I think this group is poised to rise above that.

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#5 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2014 2:52:19 PM(UTC)
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I hope your gut is right. I can't see it happening, though, with your scenario. I have been very unimpressed with Bakhtiari every time I've seen him. Barkley IMO over-achieved last year compared to his ability. I can't see him getting better.

If that's all there is, we will probably see our superstar QB running for his life most of the time again.

I'm hoping - albeit without reason - for Sherrod to step up and for Bulaga to return to his old self.
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#6 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2014 8:23:43 PM(UTC)
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I wonder what are the chances of Bulaga staying healthy... just seems like he's gotten hurt a couple years in a row now.

Also if Sherrod will become a very good back-up OT (or more).


And if they're going to resign D-Smith and if not, then who's starting at Center?
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#7 Posted : Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:01:55 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: texaspackerbacker Go to Quoted Post
I hope your gut is right. I can't see it happening, though, with your scenario. I have been very unimpressed with Bakhtiari every time I've seen him. Barkley IMO over-achieved last year compared to his ability. I can't see him getting better.

If that's all there is, we will probably see our superstar QB running for his life most of the time again.

I'm hoping - albeit without reason - for Sherrod to step up and for Bulaga to return to his old self.


O-Line...5 guys playing as ONE unit. That's why it is important to resign EDS.


Tackle jobs: Why didn't McCarthy just announce at the combine that Bryan Bulaga would play right tackle and David Bakhtiari would remain at left tackle next season?

"I need to have that conversation," McCarthy said, referring to a talk with Bulaga.

A key factor why the Packers appear set to keep Bakhtiari on the left side is his harmony with left guard Josh Sitton.



"I liked the relationship between David and Josh, and to me it's more about the combination over there," said McCarthy. "They work well together. They're both wired mentally.

"David's young and raw, and he's got a lot to learn. The game comes very easily to Josh now."

Bulaga suffered a season-ending knee injury Aug. 3, three months into a move from right to left tackle. Immediately, Bakhtiari was installed as his replacement.

"Frankly, Bryan getting hurt as early as he did probably helped him (Bakhtiari) because he had a whole four weeks to get ready for the season," said McCarthy.

"David's a young kid. I think there's a lot of up side there. He needs to get bigger. He needs to get stronger. I really like David."


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#8 Posted : Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:16:24 AM(UTC)
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So based on that, it looks like we are stuck with Bakhtiari. I'm not exactly pleased about that, but maybe they see more in him in practice than he showed in games.
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#9 Posted : Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:19:42 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: texaspackerbacker Go to Quoted Post
So based on that, it looks like we are stuck with Bakhtiari. I'm not exactly pleased about that, but maybe they see more in him in practice than he showed in games.


I'd say he acquitted himself quite well for a rookie on the hot side.
He's going to get bigger and better believe me.
Now Ted, get busy and sign EDS!

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#10 Posted : Saturday, March 1, 2014 11:14:53 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: yooperfan Go to Quoted Post
I'd say he acquitted himself quite well for a rookie on the hot side.
He's going to get bigger and better believe me.
Now Ted, get busy and sign EDS!



He's already a hell of lot better run blocker than we've had at the position in a very long time. I figure Bulaga is back at RT this year and LT will come down to Bacteria beating out Sherrod. I seem to be one of the few around here that hasn't given up on the Big Boy with the ideal measurables.
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