The grand experiment that is the Green Bay Packers‘ offensive line begins in less than a week as the team opens its training camp – a camp that will feature the shifting of former right tackle Bryan Bulaga and right guard Josh Sitton to the left side.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced a couple of months ago that he was making the change to enhance the team’s run game and to do something about the Packers lack of consistent pass protection. Considering the Packers gave up 51 sacks on all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers, something had to be done.
With the change comes huge responsibility for Bulaga, who has been injured the past couple of seasons. He played nine games last year and 12 in 2011. He was solid his rookie season, playing in all 16 games and taking the ride through the playoffs to a Super Bowl championship in 2010.
But he starts all over this year.
He played left tackle in college and got snaps at the position in training camp as a rookie, but since being moved to the right side his rookie year he’s not seen the left side.
If the change is going to take time, our hope is that he’s a quick study and that he and Sitton will adjust to their new assignments. Four weeks or so of training camp is a short time to fall into a new position, but if there’s anyone who can do it, we’re hoping that Bulaga is the one.
He will have to because the going gets tough right out of the gate. Here’s a few of the mega-rushers he will face in 2013: San Francisco 49ers‘ Aldon Smith, Terrell Suggs, Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen, Michael Johnson and Jason Pierre-Paul.
The change has been made and there’s no going back. Certainly, there will be bumps along the way, but our hope is that Bulaga is up to the challenge and will do his part in keeping Rodgers upright long enough to continue his run as an elite quarterback, as well as move the defensive line to allow the revitalized Packers running game to take root.
It will be interesting and one of the more highly watched positions this training camp – stay tuned …