The Green Bay Packers had a very wild Labor Day weekend as the 53-man roster was set and the 2016 are ready to go. “Let’s just have him drive down and get on this right now and be aggressive and be decisive and I think the ability to be that way came with our preparation”. “We can do some pretty special things”. That was long before he made his one and only appearance of exhibition play in the second-to-last game, August 26 at San Francisco.
“The expectation of the offensive line, I think we clearly could have one of the best lines that we’ve had here”, McCarthy said. “And we expect him to line up and be full bore in Jacksonville”.
What are your thoughts on the Chicago Bears’ signing of Josh Sitton?
As soon as the Packers released Josh Sitton in a surprise move Saturday, the Bears immediately began to aggressively pursue the three-time Pro Bowl guard. Sitton posted an 87.2 overall ranking (91.1 pass blocking 81.2 run blocking), which was ranked, 6 in the National Football League for offensive guards in 1306 snaps. “This about our football team”. The Packers will now move on with Lane Taylor and T.J Lang. Lang is a fantastic guard, but Taylor has close to zero experience in the NFL.
“I think it shows that we want to win”.
“Nobody’s safe, I guess”, said the fellow starting guard. “But yeah, been here eight years now and one of the most surprising cuts that I’ve seen”. Every decision we make is in the best interest of improving all aspects of our program.
On the timing of Sitton’s release, a week before the season kicks off, and personnel operations in general?
“I wanted to get the decision made as quickly as I could”, he said. Things obviously didn’t get better since then and now Sitton is gone.
I might hold my breath a little bit when Nelson takes his first hit, but I believe he will be fine. “But I’m not anxious about it, I don’t think anyone in this locker room is anxious about it. That’s part of the leap when you make changes”. “Each player is evaluated, every person that touches the locker room has always been evaluated, because the locker room is the most important room in our building, frankly, in my opinion”.
Taylor, a fourth-year pro, has started two games in his career.
In addition to providing more protection for Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler, Sitton’s addition to the offensive line will do wonders for the running game. Barth played in 12 games for Tampa Bay last season, going 23-of-28 on field goals and making 25-of-26 extra points. But we just have to find a way.
“Jordy’s full go”, McCarthy said. “You’ve got to have that chemistry”.
And the signing of Sitton has invigorated the offensive line and the offense. Now that player is Lang, in his eighth year, followed by Bulaga, entering his seventh. “He said, no they really cut him”, said Martzke. The big back rushed for just 758 yards and three scores a year ago, but James Stark, who also returns, ran for 601 and two TD’s. His inside knowledge of Green Bay’s personnel will pay dividends when the clubs face off in their historic rivalry this season, an advantage that Chicago will welcome with open arms. “He’s a three-time Pro Bowler”. “The business can be cutthroat at times, tough decisions have to be made. I’ve done a lot on my own to get ready”. McCarthy said the extra day will be particularly helpful with the specialists, as long snapper Brett Goode has returned and new punter Jake Schum just arrived last week.
“It’s preseason for the officials, too”, McCarthy said. We had a few other teams interested. “Today will be a ton of energy”. Perhaps that was the beginning of the end for the veteran in Green Bay.