Each week throughout the season, PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush hooks up with a personality who has connections with the Packers and asks him five Packesr-related questions. This week Dan connects Greg Koch, a fixture at right tackle in Green Bay from 1977-85.
1. The focus in this Q&A is on the Packers' current offensive line, which I'm sure you're watching closely. For starters, give me your opinion of veteran Pro Bowl OLT Chad Clifton
Koch: Chad has gotten older, and it is starting to show … he is not as gifted as he once was and plays too soft. He was never a mauler on running plays, but now he (also) gives up too much ground when pass blocking and is inconsistent.
2. What's your take so far on new OLG T.J. Lang in place of Daryn Colledge?
Koch: He was a pleasant surprise in the New Orleans game. He probably was the biggest question mark on the offensive line, and I thought he played well against the Saints. Consistency will be the key, and him doing it week in and week out is what I'm sure the Packer coaches are concerned about.
3. How do you think C Scott Wells played in the season opener?
Koch: Scott really had a nice game vs. the Saints. He is also getting older, but he kept great leverage against a good player in (Sedrick) Ellis, and I thought he showed really good leadership during the game. Again, he's not a mauler, but very effective.
4. Moving to the right side, how do you think Josh Sitton stacks up among the league's guards?
Koch: I like this kid. He seems to have a nasty streak, and that's what I look for in an offensive lineman. He plays under control and keeps his feet moving with a solid base.
5. Do you think Bryan Bulaga will continue to make strides at right tackle?
Koch: I loved it when they drafted Bryan and still think he is going to be in this lineup for a long, long time. He is athletic and big, but you have to remember he is only in his second year, and there is still a learning curve he is going through. I would like to see better balance and more violent hands from Bryan, but that can be taught.
Overall, the line played fairly well in Week One against a New Orleans defense and defensive coordinator (Gregg Williams) who will throw the kitchen sink at you in his blitz packages. The fate of the Packers depends on the man under center (Aaron Rodgers), and I am confident this group can keep him upright to the playoffs once again.