Bryan Bulaga

While Ted Thompson and the Packers may not have had a very active off-season, that doesn’t mean major changes aren’t coming for the team.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike McCarthy will move Bryan Bulaga to left tackle, the position that Marshall Newhouse played last season. In addition, Josh Sitton and TJ Lang will swap the right and left guard spots. The right tackle spot will come down to a competition between Newhouse, 2011 first round pick Derek Sherrod (if he’s able to get on the field), and Don Barclay.

Newhouse was widely considered the weakest link on the Packers line along with the now retired Jeff Saturday last season. He may be a better fit at right tackle, though it remains to be seen whether or not he’s the leading candidate for that job. Evan Dietrich-Smith is the assumed starter at center.

The logic behind moving Bulaga and Sitton to the left side is likely that McCarthy feels those two are the strongest and most experienced at tackle and guard respectively, hence why they’d be enlisted to protect Aaron Rodgers’ blind side. But pass protection is not the only area where the offensive line failed last season.

With Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin added to the mix at running back, the Packers expect more out of their ground game in 2013 to take some pressure off of Rodgers (and help him avoid sacks and hits). Though part of the problem was a lack of talent at the position, especially after Cedric Benson’s season ending injury, poor play up front was just as much of an issue.

The Packers are obviously hoping that some position swaps and a couple of draft picks will help fix those problems. We’ll see.