A year ago around this time, the Green Bay Packers made waves in the offseason by announcing that they were planning to flip their entire offensive line around. Right guard Josh Sitton and left guard T.J. Lang would flip spots, while established right tackle Bryan Bulaga was to move to the left side and an open competition would take place at right tackle (a job which was eventually earned by second-year pro Don Barclay).
You know what happened after that: the Packers drafted tackle David Bakhtiari from Colorado in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, counting on him to be a depth player early on. When Bulaga tore his ACL early in training camp, Bakhtiari stepped in and solidified the left tackle position immediately, committing some expected rookie mistakes but largely proving to be competent and effective at the highest-profile position on the line.
Bakhtiari's play spurred on speculation that the Packers would keep him on the left side and move Bulaga back to the right side. We now have a report straight from the head coach that this indeed will be the plan for 2014:
That is about as clear as day. Bakhtiari earned the right to play on the left side last season, while Bulaga has proven himself as an excellent player on the right side when he stays healthy. This move keeps Bakhtiari with one of the top guards in all of football in Sitton. Bulaga will need to adjust to playing next to Lang instead of Sitton (who was next to him for his entire career up until this point), but he will make that adjustment while playing a position he is very familiar with at the professional level.
Now the big outstanding question is what to do at the center position. It certainly appears that the Packers will be moving forward with JC Tretter as their center of the future, and if we hear anything confirming this or denying it, we will be sure to pass that along.