The Green Bay Packers offensive line is pretty much set for 2014, with one glaring exception: center.
The Packers brass, in their infinite wisdom, has instituted a revolving door policy at the center position. Aaron Rodgers will enter this season taking snaps from his fourth different center in the past four years.
First, the Packers let Scott Wells leave as a free agent. Then they signed Jeff Saturday. He was awful, eventually lost his job and then retired after a single season. Evan Dietrich-Smith was the guy who took Saturday’s job, but got just over a season as a starter. The Packers gave exactly zero shits about Dietrich-Smith this offseason and he signed a free agent contract with Tampa Bay.
This year, the guy will be someone who’s young and untested.
The good news about that is, the Packers will presumably have the center position set for a while. Providing either of these guys are any good, of course.
Here are the suspects.
Tretter (6-4, 307) came to the Packers as a fourth-round pick in 2013. He played tackle in college, but was almost immediately anointed the Packers center of the future. He also almost immediately broke his ankle. The injury happened in May and Tretter remained on the physically unable to perform list until December. So, it’s kind of like Tretter is a rookie all over again.
Then again, it’s kind of not. All we’ve heard about all offseason is how Tretter has been studying and working hard. Obviously he’s done something productive with his time and knows the system pretty well. We also keep hearing how smart Tretter is and that stands to reason. He went to Cornell, so he’s obviously an egghead.
The Packers picked Linsley in the fifth round this year. Unlike Tretter, he played two seasons of center in college (Ohio State). He’s known as a mauler, but is a little bit smaller than Tretter (6-3, 296). Linsley can get after it, but he doesn’t possess the same type of athleticism as Tretter does.
His familiarity with the position and that mean streak will have to be the difference if he has designs on starting.
Tretter has two clear advantages and that’s why he gets the nod. First, he’s got that year in the Packers system. Second, he’s the bigger and more athletic of the two players. We know the Packers are looking to get a bigger body who is more athletic in the middle of the line.
No one was ever going to accuse Evan Dietrich-Smith of being athletic.
Tretter is going to be that guy.
It seems like the Packers are playing a little loose with this key position. They’ll probably be trading for some 36 year old pine-rider by October.
Yeah and then is opening night, and you know the Seahawks are gonna beat that ass. DYNASTY BABY!!!!!!!!!! JUST the beginning! Eat shit Fudge Packers our history will be better than yours.
If we’re fudge Packers that means you’re getting fucked in the the ass ;)
We want the ball and we’re gonna score !
Seahawks your history must revolve around your next meth fix. Your brain has to be fried. Here is a history lesson if you can get that needle out of your arm long enough to learn.
There were ten original NFL teams when the league formed in 1933. The Green Bay packers were one of those ten teams. The Seahawks were an expansion team that joined the league in 1976. There are 32 teams in the league at the time of your last fix two minutes ago. 28 of those teams have more history than the Seahawks including such loser teams as the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings. No matter how much Meth you shoot up you cannot catchup to the History of those 28 teams including the NFL team with the most championships in NFL HISTORY the GREEN BAY PACKERS. When you wake up from your current drug runner just look East and you will get an idea of the location of those other 28 teams. East will be the way your eyes are facing when you pull your head out of your ass.
Dynasty’s don’t happen in the hands of a game manager.
All of this training camp battle conversation regarding rookies and new guys is only idle conversation. How the hell can us as fans be able to comment until we see them in pads under game conditions on an NFL field?
Regarding the center position my question is why the hell did we let EDS leave? Did he have a chronic health problem? Knee tendinitis? EDS appeared to work well with Rodgers and knew the offensive calls. Granted he was knocked off the ball by big D Lineman some plays, but what center isn’t? I will hold judgment on the new guys with no NFL experience until they play in pads. I just hope letting EDS leave does not haunt the team.
The center if I am not mistaken touches the ball every play when we are on offense. The center may touch the ball more than the QB. In addition most of the time the center is making line calls unless he is inexperienced (Tretter). I do not believe the Packers would jeopardize their season over the dollars we are discussing, for ” ultimately a better player” in Tretter. The time for additional Lombardi’s is now. If you take your logic then why would we have signed Jones and not started Lattimore last year were an inexperienced player may not be as damaging to the team?
I agree with your comment that EDS may have felt under appreciated; however there must be more to it than Money. Hurt feelings or a chronic injury may be a different story.
Seahawks-get off our website please. And no need to be so cocky.
They’re only scared because they legitimately lost that game, and they’re pissed they have to keep hearing about it.
Center is one of the easiest positions to fill. Aren’t nearly 2/3 of the starting centers undrafted guys? I think it is foolish to give guys like Alex mack 8 million a year. That money can be better allocated. Like left tackle for instance. And why not let eds walk if you feel strongly about tretter who comes at a third of the price? Or whatever it is. The packers have a relatively tight salary cap situation coming up. Besides nelson and Cobb (I think one of them ends up walking) you have to think about a potential extension for bulaga if he can prove he can stay healthy this year. I see no replacements for him on the roster at the moment