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Packers Blog Roundup: Depth Concerns on Offensive Line

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Packers Blog Roundup: Depth Concerns on Offensive Line

Once the Packers announced their 53-man roster this past weekend and it included only eight offensive lineman, reaction poured in as bloggers expressed their concern about the depth at the position. "I'm not too concerned with the starters or the backups at tackle," writes PackApologist at Acme Packing Company. "The starting line looks as good, or possibly better, than last year.  I also don't really have too many concerns with Sherrod or Newhouse as backups at tackle.  I really don't think Evan Dietrick-Smith is a good answer for the interior line, and neither Newhouse nor Sherrod has shown much promise as guards.  This means that an injury to Lang, Scott Wells, or Josh Sittion could be scary thing for this team."

Similar sentiment is expressed at Lombardi Ave. "The backups: Derek Sherrod, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Marshall Newhouse, had their moments in preseason, but they are backups for a reason," writes apackphan. "Though Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff have proven they are masters at plugging holes in the lineup without missing a beat, we all know how key the offensive line is to protection of the MVP quarterback and in opening holes for running backs."

Also chiming in is Lauren Fernandez of PocketDoppler. "When the 53 man roster was announced, I fully expected 9-10 linemen on the list," writes Fernandez. "With five starters and three back-ups, that gives us eight offensive linemen and a heck of a bunch of TEs. TT didn’t have a lot of options or more of a choice with this, so much of the blame can be placed on players not living up to expectations or last season play."

A counter argument is provided by Matt Bove at PackersHQ. "If everybody stays healthy I do no see the offensive line as a huge issue," writes Bove. "Bryan Bulaga really seems to be improved this preseason and I think can play at a pro bowl level this year. Josh Sitton has had an off preseason but it is just a blip as he will play at his perennial all- pro level. T.J. Lang, while not the pass blocker that Daryn Colledge was will be a better run blocker, and will be better focusing on one position. Scott Wells and Chad Clifton should be there normal solid selves as well. Clifton’s bad performance against the Colts can be attributed to Dwight Freeney being really good and Clifton not getting a lot of camp reps.  However, if injuries occur it could be potentially devastating."

The challenge of distributing one ball among plenty of playmaking receivers is discussed by Kevin Seifert, NFC North blogger for ESPN.com.

A weekly Packers stock report comes from Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com.

A post on general manager Ted Thompson comes courtesy of Kris Burke of AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Jerry Kramer joins Packer Pete and Pigskin Paul on the Packers Brothers Podcast.

JonBob's Packer Blog as some thoughts on the roster, some predictions and a reason to love Aaron Rodgers.

A Tennessee Titans blog takes a look at new acquisition and former Packer Quinn Johnson.

Packerville, U.S.A. looks at some old Super Bowl highlights.

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

Second-hand news sources are not included in the Blog Roundup unless they also include meaningful commentary.

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jeremy's picture

I don't think depth on the interior line is as big of a deal as many others seam to think it is. They normally only have eight OL-men active on game day anyway. Sherrod or Newhouse can play RT and Bulaga can move inside if total disaster strikes at guard.

lars's picture

And, they have a C (Genus) and G (Dominguez) on the PS. I thought they'd keep nine, but it's really not a big deal. Who knew that McDonald, who actually regressed, and Caleb would completely fail? They usually dress 7 on game day.

It also looks like McCarthy is no longer willing to carry dead weight like Giacomini, Barbre and Quinn Johnson, endlessly waiting for player development. At least the logjam at FB has been broken. I suspect one of those TE's is going on IR sooner than later, too.

packeraaron's picture

"I suspect one of those TE’s is going on IR sooner than later, too."

Why?

packeraaron's picture

Totally agree jeremy, which is why I only went with 8 OL on my 53. Keeping guys who can't play just to ensure you have the numbers is silly.

some guy's picture

well, they kept newhouse, who got abused all preseason and EDS, who we already know isn't going to cut it. so they kept guys who can't play, that much is clear.

why they didn't go out and get another veteran C or guard boggles the mind - and they were available. its not like they are protecting the franchise back there or anything...

at least they kept 3 receivers on the practice squad. that will help a lot. sigh

packeraaron's picture

"well, they kept newhouse, who got abused all preseason and EDS, who we already know isn’t going to cut it."

Disagree on both counts. Newhouse had one very bad game against the Browns. He was fine after that. EDS is fine along the interior.

some guy's picture

agree to disagree

MarkinMadison's picture

In my mind I see Bulaga flipping to LT if Clifton goes down, and Newhouse or Sherrod at RT. Having Bulaga as option #1 at G as well makes me a little uneasy. If something happened on the interior I'd be waiting for the other shoe to drop at LT. The idea of looking up to four changes ( e.g. 1. Lang down - bulaga move to LG 2. Newhouse to RT to cover Bulaga move 3. Clifton down - bulaga move to LT 4. Sherrod move to LG to cover Bulaga move to LT) on the line strikes me as scary unstable. That may be how it goes down, but I'd sure like to see TT unearth a playable interior lineman from the cuts this weekend.

Jay's picture

Not happening. Sherrod is listed on depth chart as the back up for LT, LG, and Newhouse is backup for RT and RG. I would be really surprised if we saw line shuffling like we have in the past.

packeraaron's picture

You do realize that no coaches have any input on the Packers.com Depth Chart, right?

Jay's picture

I did not know that as a matter of fact. I was responding to MarkinMadison's suggestion (which he doesn't agree with) of having Bulaga as the #1 backup for either LT or LG. I don't think we'll see the kind of shuffling we've see in the past, so it makes sense for me that Sherrod is a backup on one side and Newhouse on the other. We'll see how it plays out should injuries arise, but that seems like the most reasonable alignment to me.

So there, Aaron! =P

jaydubya's picture

Concerned? Oh hell Brian, most of of 2010 I let you and your subversive railbiird mentality lead me to believe beyond all hope after key players injured that we still had the slightest chance barely making it through plqay-offs, and all that Super Bowl stuff. Fuck me if am ever gonna listen to your ... ahem, wow, OMG, OK ... you were right pal. This year even shaping up better ... and no John Elway to turd upon a real 2nd awesome ring in a row. ((LLL) lotsa Lambeau Leaps~

Brian Carriveau's picture

I don't follow. I'm not the one expressing concern, other bloggers are.

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