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McCarthy Talks About Moving Around Teams Best Offensive Linemen

Josh Sitton

As Packers rookie orientation camp concluded on Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy addressed the decision to relocate their two best offensive linemen.

McCarthy said the switch aims to improve and solidify an offensive line that surrendered 51 sacks last season, the second most in the NFL.

The topic of line realignment was broached once the season concluded. After going through exit interviews, postseason evaluations and video reviews, the decision became clear, according to McCarthy.

“Frankly, we felt Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton were our two most accomplished offensive linemen, and just going back to the old-school theory of how you structure your offensive line,” McCarthy said.

“We wanted to put those guys on the left side. We had a chance to watch Josh working and playing the left guard position at the Pro Bowl, so there was more information there. And so, with that, I think it creates more competition.”

“With reps, everybody involved on the right side has some history there,” McCarthy said. “You look at, Marshall’s played the right side, T.J.’s played the right side, Barclay’s played the right side, so we’re just trying to make as much competition as possible, and we feel with Bryan and Josh we’ve solved the left side and those guys have some history together, so there’s a number of different things that went into it.”

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