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Josh Sitton: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton

Josh Sitton

1) Introduction: A fourth round draft pick in 2008, Sitton was a right offensive tackle in College that the Packers moved to guard. Sitton signed a five year contract last September, as the Green Bay moved swiftly to lock up their best offensive lineman.

2) Profile:

Josh James Sitton

Position: G
Height: 6-3
Weight: 318 lbs.
AGE: 25

Career Stats: 

3) Expectations coming into the season: Coming off being named the Offensive Lineman of the year by the NFL Alumni Assn and a Pro Bowl Alternate, expectations for Sitton in 2011 were to continue his domination of defensive linemen.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: The season highlight for Sitton was the opening game against the Saints. He was his normal dominating self, earning his highest ratings from ProFootballFocus.com in both the running game and pass protection.  His lowlight was the game against St. Louis. Playing with a very sore knee, Sitton gave up a sack, 2 QB pressures, and was beaten off the ball all game.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Despite an up and down season hampered by injuries, Sitton was still an important part of the Packers line when healthy. You can divide his season into three parts. The first four injury-free games, he played like Josh Sitton and gave up no sacks. The middle nine games he struggled with the injuries and gave up 2 sacks, 5 QB pressures and was called for 4 penalties, while missing the last two games of that stretch. Finally, the last five game portion (including the playoff game),  started when he returned from sitting out those two games, and Sitton almost looked like his old self.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Sitton was pretty much back to normal by this game. He was solid against whoever the Giants put in front of him and only allowed one play where his man got a hand on Rodgers.

Season Report Card:

(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C+

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7 Responses to “Josh Sitton: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. Ron LC says:

    It was obvious that early on Josh was playing hurt. He lost that impressive push off the ball. He struggled on until they finally gave him a few games off when the injury was aggrivated aginst Detroit. After he returned, he was the old Josh again.

    I have great expectations for the guard duo in 2012. A little more depth will ensure a player would be able to take that game or 2 rest to heal and not have to play hurt because of neccessity.

    The grades are probably correct. But, I’m very happy he is coming back in 12′.

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  2. Pete Kliman says:

    Sitton will hopefully head a line that is ready to come into its own and likewise the running game with it. However, I still think we need a back with some power and speed. If Richardson would be available to us with a slight move up ,I would be very tempted.We could still upgrade our pass rush through the rest of the draft and a mid FA. Remember our second weakness is our inability to run the ball consistently.

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    • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

      Don’t forget about Alex Green. I think he’s going to be a good one – better than grant, Starks and Saine…

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      • Oppy says:

        Al, we’re either on the same page or on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. On the topic of Alex Green, we’re clearly on the same page.

        I just hope that his knee injury hasn’t set him back and he’s good for a full recovery.

        Seeing as Green has some tough learning disabilities, I hope the extra down time has been spent pouring over the play book with the coaches. Green running behind Lang/Wells/Sitton/Bulaga.. Boy, sure sounds like the Packers could run power again if they wanted to.

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        • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

          BTW, Oppy, on a diff topic, I checked with the folks at ProFootballFocus and they confirmed what I had said about BJ Raji. Despite being listed as a NT, he played a lot more at DE last season. According to them, here are how his snaps broke down:

          Raji-
          Over the C in 2 or 3 man front 22%
          LE 14.1%
          RE 59.4%
          Anywhere on a 4+ man front 4.4%
          hand off ground 0.2%

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          • Oppy says:

            Thanks for the check, Al.

            Damn, I really liked that “We’re both right” situation we had for a second ;)

            So, I guess the question is now, what’s wrong with BJ Raji?

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  3. Oppy says:

    c+ grade seems stiff for Sitton, but when a kid has the ability to dominate the way Sitton does, he is held to a higher standard.

    That being said, I could almost drop it to a c or c-. No knock on Josh- it was clear he struggled with injury. But he’s normally so good, he was just a shadow of his normal, healthy self most of the season.

    Get well soon, Mr. Sitton. I hope you, TJ and Brian get the chance to fire off the ball and maul some DLmen this upcoming season.

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