Playing musical chairs with the offensive is usually bad news. Bad news for the offense, bad news for the quarterback and bad news for the entire team.
Yet somehow the Green Bay Packers are continuing to move right along despite a nearly continuous shuffling of their starting five linemen due to injuries. The Week 1 contest against the Minnesota Vikings (ironically enough this week’s opponent as well) saw the Packers use three different offensive line combinations alone.
Green Bay is also on pace to allow its lowest sack total since Aaron Rodgers took over as starting quarterback in 2008. It truly is a remarkable feat and that’s thanks mainly to three factors.
First is flexibility. Having someone like Elgton Jenkins, an elite guard in his own right, able to kick out to tackle when needed takes a lot of pressure off the coaching staff. Having Billy Turner hold his own at left tackle protecting Rodgers’ blind side when his natural position is right tackle also is a tremendous help.
The depth the team has is also huge. Rick Wagner was signed to compete with Turner for the starting right tackle position but now both have been in the lineup at the same time.
The job offensive line coach Adam Stenavich and his assistants have done with the line cannot be understated either. Many teams have been done in by multiple injuries along the line but Stenavich has been able to plug holes that could have resulted in leaks but instead form a decent seal.
There’s more on the offensive line plus what makes one Packers running back so darn much fun in today’s cheese curds.
Packers’ offensive line handles upheaval to rank with NFL’s best—PackersNews.com (subscription)
Jenkins’ performance at right tackle even took center Corey Linsley by surprise and how Jenkins performed have the line a big confidence boost it could handle whatever adversity came their way.
Jamaal Williams ‘brings it’ at all times—Packers.com
How can you not love Jamaal Williams? He’s an absolute ball of energy off the field and a force on the field. No Aaron Jones was no problem for the Packers with number 30 on the field against the Texans on Sunday.
Whether Packers are in the trade market or not, Aaron Rodgers is savoring the ride—ESPN
With the NFL trade deadline approaching on Tuesday, one would assume Rodgers would be banging the drum for another weapon but the truth is he’s just enjoying having a team that’s at the top of the NFC.
Packers K Mason Crosby dealing with two new injuries—Packers Wire
If Crosby can’t go, the Packers could go with JK Scott handling kicking duties as well. Scott played both roles during his senior season at Alabama.
And Now, a Sinkhole Full of Rats—New York Magazine
Nope. Nope nope nope. Nope. It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.