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Packers look to shore up line, lower sack totals

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August 22, 2011
— The Green Bay Packers went into training camp focused on doing a better job of protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The early returns have not been encouraging. The Packers have allowed nine sacks through two preseason games, and the problems are deeper than simply deciding whether to start veteran T.J. Lang or rookie first-round pick Derek Sherrod at left guard.


The Packers have given up 123 sacks over the last three seasons, an average of 41 per year. In the five years before Rodgers took over, Brett Favre and his backups absorbed only about 21 sacks per year.


While Rodgers' ability to scramble likely raises the number of sacks, the numbers (34 in 2008, a league-high 50 in 2009 and 31 last year) are still too high to offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.



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