Green Bay Packers: Josh Sitton’s move has solidified the left side

Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton (71) during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in December 2012. Though he played the right side up until this season, Sitton has excelled in his left guard position where he was moved prior to the start of the year. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

The offensive line of the Green Bay Packers is given the task of protecting the quarterback as best they can. Now that the Packers are on their third quarterback, that job is becoming even more important.

When Aaron Rodgers comes back, they will have to leave it all on the field, making sure no one gets close to Rodgers’ injured collarbone.

One offensive lineman continues to play a major role in the Packers’ run and pass game.  He might even be the best in the business. Over recent years, Green Bay hasn’t been known for their offensive line but Josh Sitton has been huge (no pun intended) in bringing stability to the line.

Sitton was a fourth round selection of the Packers in 2008 from Central Florida. In his rookie year, he was quick to find success as a run blocker and in 2009 he propelled himself into one of the best in the league.

In 2010, the year the Packers won the Super Bowl, he played major role in the success the Packers experienced. At the time, the Packers were struggling to run the football. Sitton’s run game skills allowed the Packers to become a more balanced team in the playoffs and he dominated any pass rush that presented itself.

Prior to this season, head coach Mike McCarthy decided to shake things up and move both Sitton and right tackle Bryan Bulaga to the left side to help solidify that side of the line.

Though Bulaga never had the opportunity to continue to work next to Sitton on the left side because of his knee injury, Sitton has taken to his new role next to rookie David Bakhtiari – and he’s done it in stride and without complaint. Though it took some time for him to adjust early in the season, Sitton continues to be rock solid for the Packers.

In helping to lock down the left side, Sitton has contributed to the line that has helped bring on the emergence of rookie running back Eddie Lacy while providing the protection that Aaron Rodgers has needed on his blind side.

The sky is really the limit for Sitton, and with him around, the Packers offense has the ability to be great for a number of years to come.

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Josh Sitton

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