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Packers shuffling line, putting Bulaga, Sitton on left side

Aaron Rodgers, Brian Bulaga AP

After making a major investment in their quarterback, the Packers are making a minor-looking change in how they protect him.

But if it keeps Aaron Rodgers upright, it will be quite significant.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers plan to flip right tackle Bryan Bulaga to left tackle, and swap left guard T.J. Lang and right guard Josh Sitton.

That will leave former left tackle Marshall Newhouse, last year’s undrafted rookie Don Barclay and 2011 first-rounder Derek Sherrod competing for the right tackle job.

“I sat down with Bryan and Josh on Monday and I told them I wanted to make the move to where they’re on the left side,” McCarthy said. “Those two are our most accomplished and experienced players. I told them about the responsibilities and my expectations about playing the left side.

“Some of the things we’ll want to get into schematically as we move forward. They were excited about it.”

Bulaga played left tackle in college, but had settled in on the right side. But Newhouse was a disappointment and Sherrod hasn’t returned from a broken leg, so they chose to go with more of a sure thing after giving Rodgers a $110 million contract extension.

That the Packers have been as successful as they have been without stability up front speaks to Rodgers’ skill, but they hope by putting a more stable group on his blind side, he’ll be better able to shine.

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41 Responses to “Packers shuffling line, putting Bulaga, Sitton on left side”
  1. noeffinway says: May 3, 2013 8:59 AM

    So the mad scramble to patch together an line, begins….TT is going to end Rodgers season early because of his inability to draft effective lineman.

  2. iluvbears says: May 3, 2013 9:00 AM

    Good luck with having Alligator Arms protecting Mr. Rodger’s blind side. You’re gonna need it!

  3. qbofthenever says: May 3, 2013 9:06 AM

    Jared Allen and Julius Peppers like this.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 3, 2013 9:08 AM

    Awesome move, brilliant in its simplicity. Who’s better at his job than Mr. Ted Thompson? Nobody, that’s who.

  5. ohiobears says: May 3, 2013 9:21 AM

    Somewhere Julius Peppers is smiling that big, goofy smile.

  6. gpack22 says: May 3, 2013 9:21 AM

    Very smart move by coach, let’s see if his play calling will follow. Bulaga and Sitton have been the best lineman on the team. If Barclay can improve his pass blocking he might be the darkhorse starter on the right side. He was a mauler in the run game and if they are truly determined to run the ball he could be a big key. If Sherrod is still not ready by the time training camp is over it might be time to cut ties. Too bad since he never really saw what he could do but can’t help the team on IR year in, year out.

  7. mcwest1 says: May 3, 2013 9:22 AM

    Why does the media imply that teams only take care of a QB when he’s highly paid? Isn’t protecting the QB the top priority of all teams regardless of who he is, or how much he’s being paid? Doesn’t the entire team benefit from having an O-Line that protect the QB?

    It seems to me that a lesser quality QB would need the benefit of a great O-Line more than a franchise QB.

  8. deevo265 says: May 3, 2013 9:26 AM

    Well, it can’t be worse than last couple years so why not.

  9. enea900 says: May 3, 2013 9:35 AM

    Shifting our line so those that “pull” better on run blocking plays are in better position to succeed. The pass happy Pack is making a fundamental shift this year to a much more balanced approach.

  10. glac1 says: May 3, 2013 9:43 AM

    If it doesn’t work….. we’re toast.

  11. prideof10000lakes says: May 3, 2013 10:06 AM

    why are they shuffling the line around if they’re so good? I thought the packers didnt need anything other than Rodgers?

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 10:19 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 3, 2013 9:08 AM

    Awesome move, brilliant in its simplicity. Who’s better at his job than Mr. Ted Thompson? Nobody, that’s who.
    ____

    Don’t sell yourself short. I’ve heard you’re one of the best roadkill scrapers around.

  14. mvp43 says: May 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    iluvbears says:
    May 3, 2013 9:00 AM
    Good luck with having Alligator Arms protecting Mr. Rodger’s blind side. You’re
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    Footwork is more important than arm length when it comes to playing left tackle. Research will tell you that Brian Bulaga’s arm length is
    33-1/4″. If you make a statement like that, at least get the facts straight. These 2 guys listed below, arfe pretty good players, so arms length isn’t everything.

    Jake Long 32-7/8″
    Joe Thomas 32-1/2″

  15. castleofcheese says: May 3, 2013 10:39 AM

    I never really understood why Newhouse was on the left instead of Bulaga, anyway. This move should have been done a season ago.

  16. packerblitz says: May 3, 2013 10:49 AM

    I don’t get why Bears and Vikings fans think Allen and Peppers are going to have a field day with this… you guys do realize Bulaga and Sitton are major upgrades to the left side, right?

  17. PowerMad says: May 3, 2013 10:51 AM

    You can always count on the Packers to take every step possible to overlook their running game and keep their offense one dimensional. You can count on them to make ineffective investments in their offensive line, which leaves that woeful bunch prone to getting dominated by the NFC North defenses. Hear that? It’s Allen, Suh and Peppers licking their chops. The Pack should just change Rodgers’ number to a bulls-eye.

  18. purpleguy says: May 3, 2013 11:11 AM

    They should play Bulaga at guard so he can line up opposite the Viking’s new DT Floyd — since they both have T-rex arms it might be a fair fight, provided their respective reaches are long enough able to touch each other.

  19. prideof10000lakes says: May 3, 2013 11:28 AM

    Alternate Headline:

    Packers admit they have no money to sign any talent at o-Line. They are currently fitting Rodgers for a bigger helmet at the moment.

  20. clayshair says: May 3, 2013 11:30 AM

    Wait, what, putting your best offensive linemen on the left side? Genius!

    It only took leading the league in sacks allowed for the coach to figure this out.

    Along with their shift towards “bigger and stronger” players, I’d say they are really earning their millions this offseason.

  21. ohiobears says: May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    I don’t get why Bears and Vikings fans think Allen and Peppers are going to have a field day with this… you guys do realize Bulaga and Sitton are major upgrades to the left side, right?
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    You’re right, it may be an upgrade. But I think my intentions weren’t received as they were meant to be broadcasted. Naturally on the Right side, Peppers always will excel against Bulaga. I guess at the end of the day it doesn’t matter, Peppers will line up where he is more likely to succeed, whether its the Right or the Left side, and McLovin will clean up on the other side. Its just a proven fact that Bulage routinely gets his a$$ handed to him by Peppers, and I guess that’s what I was trying to say. Kinda like Bears o-line used to get burnt by everyone. Kinda like Rodgers burnt the defense of everyone 2 years ago. Kinda like Raji looks 30% retarted.

  22. buckybadger says: May 3, 2013 11:38 AM

    @prideof10000lakes, the Packers don’t waste money on free agents who are on the downside of their career thinking they will be the same player. They have cap money, there is a difference between wasting it and using it right. Draft and develop is the say to win the in NFL. That is how all the recent championship teams where largely built.

  23. GenXJay says: May 3, 2013 11:44 AM

    LeMe Guess CheeseHeads, “Superbowl” since they moved a couple of players around?

  24. olhoss1884 says: May 3, 2013 12:02 PM

    I wouldn’t go that far, but I would say that a team that won the division at 11-5 with no running game and a defense decimated by inhuries has a decent shot at it, yes, considering the draft and the return to health of a lot of better defenders.

    With as much as everyone improved this offseason, I think ultimately it will come down to who stys healthy at the end.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2013 12:27 PM

    The Packers offensive line was able to keep Rodgers healthy all year.

    The Viking offensive line was unable to protect Ponder from the Packers vaunted defense as they ended his season with a life threatening arm bruise. The Packers forced the hapless, tasteless Vikings into playing Joe Webb at QB during their playoff humiliation at Lambeau.

    I’ll be a lot more impressed with the Viking line once they are able to protect the delicate Ponder from more of those arm bruise thingys.

  26. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2013 12:27 PM

    I won’t claim Super Bowl, I’ll just claim the division crown. Not because of moving two people around. Because the packers are a much, much better team than anyone else in the north.

    It isn’t close.

  27. jhtobias says: May 3, 2013 12:46 PM

    And once again the off season paper champs minnesoa vikings get to speak their mind again.

    Hey no matter how much protection you give ponder he still will only complete his one long ball all year.

    Talk about alligator arms read the reports on your savior sharif flyod and his alligator arms.

    Queens go back to doing what you do best picking up older packer free agents praying for the reincarnation of kirby puckett and proposing to your cousins.

  28. mvp43 says: May 3, 2013 12:50 PM

    Love these comments regarding the perceived lack of money the Packers have after signing Rodgers:

    1. Could Viking fans please hide your jealously better? Every team in the league would gladly do the same. I’m pretty certain that Ponder won’t ever be mentioned as one of the best QB’s.

    2. If you research the deal Rodgers signed, its very cap friendly for the Packers. It won’t prohibit Ted from signing anyone he wants.

    3. There’s only 1 team I know that would sign a 29 year old injury prone free agent receiver to a 5 yr/45 mil contract.

  29. deltaoracle says: May 3, 2013 4:23 PM

    They’re experimenting, well before the season begins. Packers will be running more this year, so they’re thinking about that rather than just pass protection, and trying to get Bulaga and Barclay, their two most aggressive OTs, on the field together. If it doesn’t work, Bulaga can go back to RT and the LT will be Newhouse (still just 25) Sherrod or Bakhtiari. Rookie Tretter will be a quality backup at the interior positions and will probably see a lot of action in power packages.
    The GB OLine is going to be much better this year. Very bad news for other teams.

  30. 13xworldchamps says: May 3, 2013 4:36 PM

    PowerMad

    May 3, 2013 10:51 AM

    You can always count on the Packers to take every step possible to overlook their running game and keep their offense one dimensional. You can count on them to make ineffective investments in their offensive line, which leaves that woeful bunch prone to getting dominated by the NFC North defenses. Hear that? It’s Allen, Suh and Peppers licking their chops. The Pack should just change Rodgers’ number to a bulls-eye.
    ———————————————————-

    Hey Power mad, as I recall, we sept the Bears (again) and ran Lovey out of town, Swept the Lions again, and won two out of three from the vikings. Going 6-1 in the Division last year and 6-0 in the divion the year before that. In 2010 we beat the Bears 3 times in one calender year including the NFC championship game, and taking the HALAS trophy from them on their home turf…..Not to shabby…..come back when you have something to talk about rather than false bravado.

  31. axespray says: May 3, 2013 4:43 PM

    qbofthenever says:
    May 3, 2013 9:06 AM
    “Jared Allen and Julius Peppers like this.”
    ———————————
    I’m not sure I get this…
    Considering how “meh” Newhouse has been (allowing 16 sacks since 2011 – 2nd only to J’Marcus Webb’s 19 sacks) – I’m not sure Jared and Peppers would want to go up against a better pass blocker.

    The guys that should like this move are Brian Robinson and …That Shea guy.

    Barclay is a good run blocker – crap at pass blocking, Newhouse is “meh” and Sherrod is coming back from a broken leg.

  32. whatjusthapped says: May 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    The one thing that amazes me the most is not the Viking fans are stupid, its the depth of their stupidity.

    The Packers are simply moving their two best O-lineman to the left side so Rodgers can trust his blind side. This is called common sense and comes as no surprise to any knowledgeable football fan, thereby eliminating all the Viking trolls on this post.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2013 10:21 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    May 3, 2013 4:46 PM
    The one thing that amazes me the most is not the Viking fans are stupid, its the depth of their stupidity.

    The Packers are simply moving their two best O-lineman to the left side so Rodgers can trust his blind side. This is called common sense and comes as no surprise to any knowledgeable football fan, thereby eliminating all the Viking trolls on this post.

    —-

    That amazes you?

    I guess I’m just more used to it. I mean, Vikings fans are the most boisterous losers of any fan base in any sport.

    You look at any other team that hasn’t ever done anything–ever–and the majority of their fans never talk trash. Minnesota? Nope. Never done anything, and their fans talk like the Vikings are God’s gift to football.

  34. vfan76 says: May 3, 2013 10:42 PM

    This makes sense. The Fudgers took a big fudge when they saw the Vikes draft.

  35. vfan76 says: May 3, 2013 10:45 PM

    This O-line is only one step above the Bears. It’s gonna be a good year.

  36. Norseman says: May 3, 2013 10:55 PM

    Shuffle the same five cards… see if you get a better hand. Genius.

  37. Norseman says: May 3, 2013 11:00 PM

    I don’t get why Bears and Vikings fans think Allen and Peppers are going to have a field day with this… you guys do realize Bulaga and Sitton are major upgrades to the left side, right?

    ——-

    I was thinking they were the same crappy linemen you were shuffling around last year…. oh, wait.

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: May 4, 2013 10:12 AM

    I just hope our line is able to protect Rodgers from the dreaded season ending arm bruise.

  39. vfan76 says: May 4, 2013 12:09 PM

    When referring to the Packers Defense that “bruised” Ponders arm, are you talking about the same defense that let AP run all over them?

  40. chi01town says: May 6, 2013 1:21 AM

    NO number 1 WR on this team. Just roll players and a rookie RB against this schedule? the packers are in trouble this season.

  41. 13xworldchamps says: May 7, 2013 2:52 PM

    chi01town says:May 6, 2013 1:21 AM

    NO number 1 WR on this team. Just roll players and a rookie RB against this schedule? the packers are in trouble this season
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    The Bears paid big money for Peppers, Marshall and Cutler. Didn’t make the playoffs and Lovey was handed his hat….At the same positions, The Packers have Drafted, Rodgers, Matthews, Nelson, Jones, Cobb (Take your pick of the receivers) We have made the playoffs 4 years in a row, something no other NFC team has done, we won a Superbowl and oh by the way, beat Tha Bears in the NFC championship game to win the “Halas Trophy” on you guys field. Now Chitown1, who’s the clear winner hear?

    Now that I am thinking about it, when is the last time the Bears have beaten Green Bay, By my math the Packers have won the last 7 games. Not much of a rivalry with that one sided a record.

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