McCarthy: Packers to Shift Entire Offensive Line

Kevin C. Cox

Opponents will face a new-look offensive line in 2014.

In a surprise move today, Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that the offensive line will get a major overhaul next season. Citing a need to maximize player versatility in case, "everyone gets friggin' injured again", McCarthy said the offensive line players will be moving one spot over because, "that seems to make sense when you think about it."

That new alignment will feature David Bakhtiari at left guard after a stellar rookie season, while Josh Sitton will play center in the absence of the recently-departed Evan Dietrich-Smith. This comes after McCarthy hinted that Sitton could be a candidate for the center job last week. Rounding out the line, T.J. Lang will be moved to right tackle (a position he has played sporadically in the past) while Bryan Bulaga will take reps back at left tackle as was initially planned for the 2013 season.

In referring to right guard, offensive line coach James Campen was quoted as saying, "We did one of those online surveys among the coaches and concluded that the best way to fill that position is to rotate players in based on matchup." When asked to clarify, Campen simply said, "You'll just have to see" before holding up a Packers jersey with a giant question mark on the back. JC Tretter, Derek Sherrod, and Don Barclay will likely be among the candidates to start at right guard.

GM Ted Thompson made a brief media appearance, saying the following:

You never want to show all your cards to your opponent. We're firmly committed toward making our offensive line a unit no one can really game plan for, including ourselves.

Fans will be able to get a look at the new-look offensive line when training camp kicks off later this summer.

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