Another chance
Daryn Colledge
Daryn Colledge

Posted Dec 26, 2007

Coston, Colledge competing for starting spot on offensive line

The Packers will head into an otherwise meaningless regular-season finale against Detroit on Sunday with some sorting-out still left to do on the offensive line.

Locking in two starters at the guard positions has been a season-long conundrum, which needs a solution before second-seeded Green Bay plays its first game in the NFC playoffs two weeks later.

Although Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher have been weekly constants since opening day at the tackle spots, the Packers have been unsettled on the interior. They have used five different starting combinations.

The latest switch came for the 35-7 loss at Chicago on Sunday. Jason Spitz, who had started the previous two games at left guard, was back at his natural position of right guard. Junius Coston, the starter at right guard the previous two outings, moved to left guard.

Coston, though, was part of a rotation at left guard throughout the game with Daryn Colledge, who started the first 12 games at the position before he was pulled during Green Bay's Nov. 29 game against Dallas.

"That's still not a clean operation for us, and that's why we're still doing what we're doing," head coach Mike McCarthy said.

McCarthy on Monday gave a vote of confidence to Spitz, who has started at all three interior positions this season, saying he "has clearly been the most consistent of the three (guards)."

Spitz will stay put at right guard, but the situation remains cloudy at left guard, where Coston and Colledge could again be splitting playing time Sunday.

"With Daryn and Junius, somebody needs to take control of the left guard position," McCarthy said.

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