Wilde seems to have some kind of bee in his bonnet about the fact that McCarthy and company are apparently not going to give Bryan Bulaga a shot at competing at the left guard spot with Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz and possibly Marshal Newhouse.
The Packers stance is that they will be running Bulaga strictly as a left tackle behind Chad Clifton. I agree with this for the most part. Clifton hasn’t made it through a full season in forever. Best to have Bulaga ready for the inevitable.
As for left guard, I’m on record saying I think Colledge will win that job and play well. I know there is a section of the fan base that feels the Packers can’t win a championship with Colledge as starter – to which I respond with the 2008 World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who started Willie Colon for God’s sake, along with an assemblage of turnstiles. Yes, the Packers can absolutley win a Super Bowl with Daryn Colledge at left guard.
Center and right guard are set with Scott Wells and Josh Sitton (…who makes the Pro Bowl this year. Book it.)
And while I think Bulaga doesn’t make a whole lot of sense as a guard, I DO think the Packers would be well served, if they felt compelled to get their first round pick on the field, which seems to be Wilde’s main point of contention – that they will be paying him too much money to sit the bench – I would think giving him a shot to win the right tackle position would make a world of sense.
Yes, the team resigned Mark Tauscher. Yes T.J. Lang, who by all accounts will be ready to go for training camp after sitting out the offseason after having surgery on his wrist, will be in the mix as well. But if you really want to give Bulaga a shot, it makes a world more sense to let him compete there rather than left guard, a position I think he is completely ill-suited for. Right tackle, on the other hand, would suit his physical traits and prepare him for the switch to left tackle down the road. We’ve seen this with various teams throughout the years, most recently with the Ravens playing Michael Oher at right tackle last year before making the switch over to the left side. The Panthers also did the same thing with Jordan Gross.
So yes, by all means, let Bulaga compete for a starting job. But let it be at a position that makes sense.