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T.J. Lang doesn’t know why Packers cut Josh Sitton either

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27:  Guard T.J. Lang #70 of the Green Bay Packers on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 38-8.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said there are “a lot of things” that went into the decision to release Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton over the weekend.

Apparently McCarthy hasn’t elected to tell the rest of the team what those things happen to be.

Packers guard T.J. Lang said he still has no idea why the team elected to release Sitton – a three-time Pro Bowl selection – on Saturday.

Nobody’s safe, I guess,” Lang said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “We know just as much as you guys do, the reasons behind it. I don’t know. I don’t want to speculate on any of that. Been here eight years now, and one of the most surprising cuts that I’ve seen.”

Sitton has been one of the league’s most consistent guards in recent season. He was named a second-team All-Pro in each of the last three years and a Pro Bowl selection in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Yet, the Packers decided they were better off without him as part of their 2016 team.

“I think everybody’d like to know,” Lang said. “I don’t think we’re ever going to get an explanation. It’s not our job to understand. We don’t make those decisions. We don’t always have to understand or agree with them. Our job is to show up and play football. Like I said, I could sit here and speculate for hours. The fact is, I don’t know the reasons behind it, and I don’t think we probably ever will. I think that makes it a little tougher to move on, but you’ve just got to find a way.”

Packers general manager Ted Thompson hasn’t spoken on the decision either, outside of a typical “we thank him for his contributions” type of statement in the press release announcing the move.

It’s still a strange decision and it’s hard to think Green Bay will be a better team without him, especially when he signed with a division rival instead.

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29 Responses to “T.J. Lang doesn’t know why Packers cut Josh Sitton either”
  1. angelogiaquinto18 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:49 AM

    Way to screw up your team chemistry Packers!

  2. diveleft says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 AM

    Maybe he pissed off one of the owners.

  3. ajwill729 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:22 AM

    It’s clear this was 100% unplanned and they don’t have anything to tell the players. That’s in itself is a sign it was a bad move. Now, no one is safe, and MM saying no one player makes the team and everyone is replaceable. TT and MM have decided it’s their scheme that makes the Packers work and not the players. Even if we’ve seen the exact opposite. File this off-season and preseason as the possible point TT and MM lost the team

  4. WI has no economy says: Sep 7, 2016 1:28 AM

    Maybe once walker is done destroying what’s left of “Wisconsin”. TT will step in and continue removing vital parts of a once strong,promising, core group of people. Those two are becoming very similar in the way they rule the roost.

  5. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 7, 2016 2:07 AM

    That is going to be a fun locker room, huh?

    Lang had better watch it or he will be the next one cut.

  6. skolkr says: Sep 7, 2016 2:10 AM

    One of their genius “owners” must have made the decision.

  7. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 2:20 AM

    Gross mismanagement.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 2:21 AM

    I think it’s good for team morale for management to let the players know they’re nothing but pieces of meat and can be let go at any time for no reason whatsoever.

  9. kickinpuppies says: Sep 7, 2016 7:35 AM

    Better a year early than a year late as they say. Still, the timing doesn’t make any sense to me.

  10. arnoldziffel says: Sep 7, 2016 7:37 AM

    It’s odd to see a super bowl contending team cut a starting guard on the last day of cuts. And what’s even more of a puzzle is why another guy who never played with the first string is now starting in Sitton’s position – after the preseason is over – and the real season is about to begin. I’ve always heard the best offensive lines have continuity – five guys working together – and now we’re throwing in a ringer.

    Secondly, we know injuries happen – why deplete the line of an experienced vet and valuable depth? What now if somebody else actually sustains an injury and has to miss a game or three? How about two or three injuries?

    If this move gets Rodgers killed, it might be time to move Ron Wolfe Jr. into Ted Thompson’s seat. The Packer faithful may not be in a terribly forgiving mood if this move goes south on us.

  11. wyboemail says: Sep 7, 2016 9:33 AM

    Sounds like some internal issues starting to fester within the self proclaimed Americas team. LOL. As a Bears fan I could not be happier that Sitton is a Bear. Hopefully it works out as well as the Packers picking up Peppers a few years ago. GO Bears!

  12. jags2daship says: Sep 7, 2016 9:59 AM

    Our line is stacked with Def tackles. Its going to be a long sad sunday for packers fans. Pancakes for everyone. DUUUUUVAAAAALLLLLLL

  13. minkytails says: Sep 7, 2016 10:00 AM

    It’s confusing why people don’t understand it. Will they be a better team without him? Probably not. Will they be demonstrably worse? I doubt it. Will this move pay dividends in years ahead by allowing a young guy the reps needed to flourish and save money to sign more important players? DUH.

  14. superpicker says: Sep 7, 2016 10:07 AM

    Makes no sense,especially so late just before the first game,unless they didn’t want to give him a full camp with another team.Of course it’s money,but they must feel very comfortable with Lane Taylor taking over,that being said Thompson has a record doing this and it’s not good.Back in 2005 he let All pros Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle walk,two of the best guards in the league at the time and replaced them with a couple stiffs off waivers one of them being Adrian Klemm can’t remember the other guy but they were awful,couldn’t get any push in the middle and it was a disaster,now this is one guy and they still have TJ Lang and Taylor has been their 3 or 4 years,so I trust they know what they’re doing,we’ll find out!

  15. mccarthyisamoron says: Sep 7, 2016 10:25 AM

    Better three years too early…

  16. qoojo says: Sep 7, 2016 10:57 AM

    Sitton and Lang were told there would be no deals done this year for them. Bak wasn’t told the same thing. It would be stupid to lose a good starting LT for a 30 yo guard. So I suspect that a deal is coming in the next month or so for Bak with the money saved from Sitton. I think it would be worse to say they cut Sitton for money to sign Bak.

    There’s a possibility that it’s for Tretter as well. But you never really know. It could be just for Sitton grumbling and saving 6.5m for next year, which would be extremely stupid reasoning.

  17. stellarperformance says: Sep 7, 2016 11:02 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:21 AM
    I think it’s good for team morale for management to let the players know they’re nothing but pieces of meat and can be let go at any time for no reason whatsoever
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Rich guy problems.

  18. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Sep 7, 2016 11:11 AM

    Bears will be happy to add T.J. Lang as well, who is next after him? Can the Bears get Peppers back too!?

  19. judsonjr says: Sep 7, 2016 11:57 AM

    The most bizarre thing about this to me is:

    – Ted loves draft picks, to a fault
    – Keeping Sitton for a year would probably net them a mid-round compensatory pick

    Something doesn’t add up. Keep a quality player for a year and get a pick when he leaves, or cut him and get nothing.

    Additionally the roster construction seems odd: 6 safeties, 7 WR, and only 3 ILB. Not to mention only one guy is backing up both guards and center.

  20. puntonfirstdown says: Sep 7, 2016 1:06 PM

    Obviously, the best antidote to complacency.

  21. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:21 PM

    Thompson is a moron.

    Next question.

  22. dgt178blog says: Sep 7, 2016 1:33 PM

    T.J. Lang needs to shut up, and do his job…..or he SHOULD be next to get the ax………..

  23. purpleguy says: Sep 7, 2016 2:01 PM

    I sure wish TT had at least traded him to the AFC for a bag of balls or something — now the NFCN teams have to face the guy twice a year.

  24. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:30 PM

    This has all the makings of a schism.

  25. icebowler says: Sep 7, 2016 2:34 PM

    icebowler says:
    Sep 6, 2016 4:01 PM

    My take is that neither Sitton or Lang were in the Packers plans for 2017 and beyond. Having to replace both at the same time next year had disaster written all over it (see Whale and Rivera). Therefore they had to release one of them this year. The deciding issue between to two was potential missed time due to injuries. Sitton’s back and foot are more of a risk than Lang’s shoulder. 2016 is much more likely than not, Lang’s last year in Green Bay.

  26. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Sep 7, 2016 6:10 PM

    icebowler,
    I really don’t think that’s the case. It was well known they wouldn’t be resigning both guards. This pretty much tells TJ he gets another deal, but I don’t think he gets the $8 mil/yr deal he is looking for.
    When Wahle and Rivera left they had 1 down year. Sitton was drafted that year and was starting the next. And we had D. Colledge at the other guard. Don’t embellish the story.
    Check it out for yourself sir.

  27. skol4life says: Sep 7, 2016 6:19 PM

    I wonder what Erin thinks. Messing with the divas protection without his approval has to seam like a slap in the face.

  28. j972 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:49 PM

    Right TJ. You want us to believe that Josh didn’t tell you why. Gimme a break.

  29. green18blue52 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:17 PM

    Sounds like a clash of egos to me. TT is just too darn stubborn for his own good sometimes. Thats a huge blow to the Pack’s Super Bowl hopes. Then again when you have the best QB in football, there’s always a chance to win every sunday.

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