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Packers’ Lang says departure of Wells would be a huge loss

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Soon-to-be free agent center Scott Wells is so close to leaving the Packers that Green Bay has reportedly already started pursuing his replacement. But one of Wells’s linemates says the team needs to do whatever it takes to keep Wells in the fold.

Packers guard T.J. Lang told the Journal Sentinel that Wells was a huge part of the Packers’ great offense in 2011, and the Packers will suffer if they lose him.

“He’s really a role model for the other guys,” Lang said. “He has shown us the right way to go about our business. If it happens, I think it’d be a huge loss for our offense. It’d definitely be a big loss to our whole offensive line group.”

Although there’s some talk coming out of Green Bay that the Packers will be perfectly content with Wells leaving and Texans center Chris Myers signing to replace him, Lang said it’s going to be tough for a newcomer to step in and do what a center needs to do in the Packers’ offense.

“I don’t think people really understand how difficult it is to play center in our offense,” Lang said, “with the amount of information they need from knowing the play, getting up to the line, recognizing the defense, calling out the line calls. And on top of that, snapping it and blocking a guy. It’s tough.”

Losing Wells, who started all 16 games last year, would certainly be tough. And Lang, who started all 16 games next to him, may be the player who has the toughest time adjusting.

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21 Responses to “Packers’ Lang says departure of Wells would be a huge loss”
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 29, 2012 1:56 PM

    Give him some of that “Packer Stock”, I’m sure he;ll stay.

  2. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    No way he goes.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    “I don’t think people really understand how difficult it is to play center in our offense,” Lang said, “with the amount of information they need from knowing the play, getting up to the line, recognizing the defense, calling out the line calls. And on top of that, snapping it and blocking a guy. It’s tough.”
    __________

    Isn’t that what all centers do?

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    Without Wells at center, the Packers never would have been able to come within 17 points of the Giants in their first playoff game.

  5. fsf7 says: Feb 29, 2012 2:25 PM

    So begins the daunting task of keeping the team that won the Super Bowl and went 15-1 intact.

    Although you can keep a core, it is not possible to retain everyone. Such is the nature of potential dynasties in today’s NFL.

    When is Rogers contract up? That will be the one that eats up over $12 million per year…..

  6. conormacleod says: Feb 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    Hey, it’s not like Centers on other teams have to call out the defense, know the play, snap the ball…what??? They ALL do that? Oh, nevermind.

  7. lombardihero says: Feb 29, 2012 2:40 PM

    It’s so difficult recognizing the defense and calling out the line calls and that is why the Packers give up so many sacks….

    Wells is very good but at the money he wants all it will do is make it difficult to resign Lang next year.

    Is Lang willing to play for peanuts if all that big money goes to Wells? Never heard Lang mention anything about his contract status after this year.

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 29, 2012 2:51 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Feb 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    “I don’t think people really understand how difficult it is to play center in our offense,” Lang said, “with the amount of information they need from knowing the play, getting up to the line, recognizing the defense, calling out the line calls. And on top of that, snapping it and blocking a guy. It’s tough.”
    __________

    Isn’t that what all centers do?
    ————

    Yes, but some do it better than others. To see what I mean, compare the performance of Wells to your own Suully.

  9. numberoneinthehoodg says: Feb 29, 2012 3:03 PM

    Look what happened when Birk left the Vikes. Not saying. Just saying.

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 29, 2012 2:51 PM
    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Feb 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    “I don’t think people really understand how difficult it is to play center in our offense,” Lang said, “with the amount of information they need from knowing the play, getting up to the line, recognizing the defense, calling out the line calls. And on top of that, snapping it and blocking a guy. It’s tough.”
    __________

    Isn’t that what all centers do?
    ————

    Yes, but some do it better than others. To see what I mean, compare the performance of Wells to your own Suully.
    __________

    He’s a Sully, not a Suully, and his performance is just fine, thanks. At least we can hold onto the players we want to keep. Congratulations on not letting Donald Driver get away.

  11. packerfan1000 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:44 PM

    Give him some of that “Packer Stock”, I’m sure he;ll stay.

    ———-

    Why is it that Packer haters always seem to be two or three weeks overdue with their punch lines? Finley drops things. Played. Packer stock. Played. Erin Rodgers. Played. Is there so little to rip the Packers organization for that these minor jabs need to be repeated ad nauseum??

  12. shadowgm1 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:53 PM

    Wells excels as a pass blocker, not a run blocker. Chris Myers isn’t as polished as Wells, but he’s far more exceptional at run blocking. Talking to Myers and knowing we can get him for what we are offering or less fro Wells, take it and let Wells walk. If Green Bay wants to get back to the big show in this window, they need more balance than “The Wandering Eye” is giving them. I still think they need to grab another RB by the fourth round this season but I’m telling you, if he overcomes last season’s injury, no one will even see Alex Green coming.

  13. stavreafavre says: Feb 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    Can’t keep everyone; that’s just the way it is. I’m not going to say anything bad at all about Wells. He’s been a warrior and I wish we could have him stay. But we’re going to lose some guys and it’s up to Thompson to find replacements and McCarthy and Co. to get them ready. They’ve done pretty well so far.

  14. orcheon says: Feb 29, 2012 4:20 PM

    I was about to make a comment mocking how every topic on the Packers must have a comment mocking their stock, but then I realized that someone already made such a comment.

    Poe’s Law in action.

  15. iluvbears says: Feb 29, 2012 4:32 PM

    Good. I can’t wait to see how many sacks they give up next year.

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    packerfan1000 says:
    Feb 29, 2012 3:44 PM
    Give him some of that “Packer Stock”, I’m sure he;ll stay.

    ———-

    Why is it that Packer haters always seem to be two or three weeks overdue with their punch lines? Finley drops things. Played. Packer stock. Played. Erin Rodgers. Played. Is there so little to rip the Packers organization for that these minor jabs need to be repeated ad nauseum??
    __________

    Hey, I ripped you for not being able to hold onto your players and all I got were thumbs down. I’m trying, man.

  17. ogarcz says: Feb 29, 2012 5:25 PM

    Miami welcomes you. Pouncey can learn a lot from him and play on his right side.

  18. freakish213 says: Feb 29, 2012 5:35 PM

    I’m a Packers fan for life and I like Scott Wells. I agree continuity is important on the O-line. However, Chris Myers is in an extremely similar system in Houston. Both teams attempt to run a zone blocking scheme when they run the ball. The Texans are obviously more capable of moving the ball on the ground. Some of that is the backs, but a lot of it, in fact, most of it is the line’s ability to create lanes for the runners to cut through. Myers may very well be an upgrade.

  19. vikescry1 says: Feb 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    this is all hear say…. we don’t know what is gonna if we did we’d buy lotto tickets

  20. thinwhiteduke76 says: Feb 29, 2012 6:38 PM

    Scott Wells should come back, and I’m sure he will.

    But the Packers offense is not the problem. Sure you have Finley who drops crucial passes, that’s no big deal to them, he’s coming back, and their running game has slowed down a bit, I’m sure Starks comes back, or they draft a running back.

    The problem is their defense, and they better address it if they want to win the division next year. And no I am not a “hater” i’m just stating the facts. A defense that broke statistical records for the most passing yards ever given up, and they still went 15-1.

    The offense is not a problem, they should spend some of their money looking for better defensive players, and for the love of god, DRAFT SOME DAMN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. They weren’t god awful at getting pressure on the QB for nothing this year.

  21. trapshoot says: Feb 29, 2012 7:17 PM

    With Thompson calling the shots anything is possible.

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