Campen Deserves Credit
I’m not a huge James Campen fan, but I have to give kudos to the job done this season by Green Bay’s longtime offensive line coach. While his unit was far from dominant, it was rarely a liability. And that’s something to praise when considering that a fourth-round rookie and an undersized former undrafted free agent started at tackle and a twice-released journeyman was over the ball. Even more impressive was how the O-line didn’t completely crumble when right guard T.J. Lang moved to center, right tackle Don Barclay moved to right guard and human turnstile Marshall Newhouse came off the bench to play right tackle after center Evan Dietrich-Smith was forced to miss parts of two games with ankle and knee injuries. Statistically, sacks decreased from 51 to 45 and rushing yards per game increased from 106 to 134. So while it’s fair to look at Campen’s work over 7 seasons and not be overly impressed, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the job he did in 2013.