Lang To Be The Starter At Left Guard

Head coach Mike McCarthy made it known that the job is Lang's to lose.

After Friday's preseason contest against the Cardinals, most observers felt that veteran T.J. Lang had come out ahead of rookie Derek Sherrod in their battle for the starting left guard spot.

It would seem Packers head coach Mike McCarthy agrees.

Meeting with reporters after practice, McCarthy named T.J. Lang his starting left guard, indicating that it was Lang's "responsibility" to hold on to the job. McCarthy said that the time had come to solidify his offensive line and that he wanted them to get a significant amount of work in together as a unit both this week leading up to the Colts preseason game but for the remaining weeks before the opener against the Saints.

McCarthy also told reporters that Sherrod had suffered a knee sprain in Friday's game. The rookie could be seen out of pads observing practice today, but McCarthy said he hoped he could still play at Indianapolis. Asked if the injury had essentially made his decision for him at left guard, McCarthy said that Lang's play is what was driving the decision.

With Lang locking down the starting job the Packers head into the 2011 season with a line that reads Chad Clifton, T.J. Lang, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga. Second year tackle Marshal Newhouse has been working as Clifton's main backup while fellow second year lineman Nick McDonald has been the primary backup at center and along the interior in general. It will be interesting to see if Sherrod can bounce back in such a way as to get in the mix when it comes to the top seven offensive lineman, the number of bodies the Packers usually dress at the position on game day. As things stand, there's a very real possibility that the Packers first round pick could begin the year on the inactive list.

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PackerBacker's picture

August 22, 2011 at 03:56 pm

There are worse things in the world than a 1st round pick spending a little time on the bench his first year.

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PackersRS's picture

August 22, 2011 at 03:59 pm

Thank you, Mr. McCarthy. That's all I ask, that you stop the shuffling of the OL and let it gel. Rodgers thanks you as well.

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derard's picture

August 22, 2011 at 04:18 pm

solid. give the kid some time to learn

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Brian's picture

August 22, 2011 at 04:25 pm

Do us proud Teej!

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Nononsense's picture

August 22, 2011 at 04:31 pm

A lot of folks were saying Lang struggled against the Cards but I only saw two mistakes when he was at LG and im not sure if they were even mistakes.

It looks like he failed to pick up a couple of stunts in the game but one was picked up by a RB not sure if it was by design and the other looked like it could have been on Wells losing his block on his man, Lang tried to block the guy but was late reacting to the delayed stunt by Dockett.

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Chad Toporski's picture

August 22, 2011 at 04:49 pm

At this point, they need to have a clear starter if only to get some continuity along the line. Set your five guys (sans Clifton for preseason games) and let them get used to each other.

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JohnRehor's picture

August 22, 2011 at 05:57 pm

Been waiting 2 years to see what Lang can do on a consistent basis. Glad MM made the right decision to let Sherrod learn for a while longer

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Oppy's picture

August 22, 2011 at 06:19 pm

Now that THAT's taken care of, perhaps we'll see Marshall Newhouse get some reps at LT in live action vs. a real opponent...

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Chris's picture

August 23, 2011 at 01:13 am

Looks like finally the musical chairs action on the OLine is over early on in preseason. I like it when McCarthy learns from past mistakes.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

August 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Good. He will do just fine.

GBP 4 LIFE

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