Ted Thompson was right, as usual.
Folks who were worried about the team’s offensive tackles should have, as the Packers G.M. suggested, gone on with their lives.
The Packers have gone on with their lives just fine, so far, after left tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a torn ACL during training camp and rookie David Bakhtiari was pressed into service. Against a stout San Fran defense in Week One, the Green Bay offensive line allowed only one sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Last year, the Packers surrendered 51 sacks for the season, an average of more than three per game. Three is the number the Packers allowed to the 49ers in Week One of the 2012 campaign.
Last week, the lone sack came on the second snap from scrimmage for Green Bay, with 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith beating Bakhtiari to the outside. After that, Bakhtiari settled down — and shut down Smith.
The rest of the line did their jobs well, too. Review of every passing play via NFL Game Rewind’s coaching film shows that Rodgers was hurried only a handful of times, tackled with the ball once at the line of scrimmage, and hit only one other time (legally) after that, on the final play from scrimmage.
On plenty of plays, Rodgers rolled away from potential pressure. On plenty of others, he got rid of the ball quickly. Still, he was able on multiple occasions to set up shop in the pocket and make his reads unmolested by the 49ers pass rush.
Sure, the Packers still lost. But if they can protect Rodgers like they did on Sunday against the many lesser defenses they’ll face, the Packers will win plenty of games in 2013.