Guards shuffled along the line

Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff made a major move on the offensive line today by rearranging the rookie starters at the guard positions. Tony Moll was promoted, Daryn Colledge demoted and Jason Spitz moved in the process.

The Green Bay Packers still have rookie guards in starting positions along the offensive line, but with new faces. Two days after their interior linemen were manhandled by the San Diego Chargers defense, the Packers decided to shuffle a few linemen.

The Packers moved Jason Spitz, who had been starting at right guard to left guard and demoted Daryn Colledge to the second-team offense. Tony Moll, who had been practicing at right tackle with the second-team offense in training camp was moved to right guard with the first team. Veterans Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher have retained their tackle positions while Scott Wells continues to hold down the starting center job.

Green Bay's first-team offense sputtered against the Chargers Saturday night in Green Bay's 17-3 preseason loss. The Packers went scoreless in four offensive series with Brett Favre at quarterback. Green Bay's inability to run the football and protect the quarterback prompted McCarthy and his staff to make the changes.

"We're just looking for (the offensive linemen) to be aggressive, get after it and we're looking for a comfort level of five guys playing together," said McCarthy. "We feel like we've got great competition in there. Competition is healthy, and we're going to see who takes advantage of the opportunity."

Colledge admitted that he struggled against the Chargers and wasn't surprised that he lost the starting job that he has had since the post-draft minicamp.

"I just made some mistakes," said Colledge after the team practiced in shorts and shells today. "I made some identification mistakes on the defense. I didn't finish a couple of guys that I had the opportunity to do. I just played tight and slow. I allowed my mind to work faster than my body. I over-thought. This is a good spot for me right now. This gives me a chance to cut it loose, keep working and earn that spot back."

Colledge practiced with the second-team line today at left guard while fourth-year pro Siitupe Peko was at right guard. Chris White played center while Josh Bourke and Junius Coston were at the left and right tackle positions, respectively. Coston had been moved from right guard to left tackle last week, but now is back on the right side of the line.

McCarthy said that "time will tell" how long the staff will go with the current line. The Packers host the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night in their second exhibition game of the season. Presumably, the players that lined up with the first team in practice today will get a chance to start against the Falcons.

McCarthy said that the offensive linemen where thinking too much against the Chargers instead of reacting, which led to mistakes in the new zone blocking scheme and/or getting beat.

"There's too much thinking going on," McCarthy said. "Football is a game of reaction and being proactive in your attempt to put your will onto your opponent. I think it was good for us to get that first game behind us, but if you're out there thinking, your opponent is playing faster than you are."


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