Green Bay Packers OL Coach Adam Stenavich deserves high praise and a lot of credit for the performance of the offensive line through 4 games this season.
Stenavich has been the Packers offensive line coach since 2019, when (then) new Head Coach Matt LaFleur brought him on his staff. Prior to Green Bay, Stenavich spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as an assistant offensive line coach with the 49ers, whose offense shares many parallels with the Packers. During his tenure in Green Bay, offensive lineman David Bakhtiari and Corey Linsley have been awarded 1st Team All-Pro honors.
For anyone that follows the Packers, it’s no secret that the offensive line has been a major success through the first quarter of the year. While the season opener against the Saints was a rocky start, the Packers have rebounded with three consecutive wins as they head into this weekend’s matchup against Cincinnati. In those four games, LT David Bakhtiari has missed all of those contests, while emerging star lineman LG Elgton Jenkins has played in 2 out of 4 games.
With those key absences, that has left a lot of unknown among the Packers front. Specifically, it’s led to starts from 3rd string LT Yosh Nijman (3rd Year), Backup LG Jon Runyan Jr. (2nd Year), Rookie Center Josh Myers and Rookie Right Guard Royce Newman.
In weeks 3 and 4, the Packers played very talented defensive lines in the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers. In their week 3 matchup against the 49ers, whose defense had tallied 5 sacks through their first two games, the Packers offensive line was able to keep Aaron Rodgers relatively clean and only allow a single sack. In the following game against the Steelers, the Packers did enough to give Aaron Rodgers time to operate on crucial 3rd downs (9 for 15 conversion rate), while paving lanes in the rushing attack en route to a 129 yard combined performance from RB’s Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
With the combination of rookies (Myers, Newman) and young backups (Nijman, Runyan), the Packers should be very proud of their players and coaches with their performances thus far. Stenavich deserves a lot of credit and Aaron Rodgers recently gave him positive remarks.
“Stenavich is a fantastic coach”, Rodgers said during his press conference after the Steelers game. “He’s not just a good man but he’s a really bright coach and I think he’s got a future above offensive line coach, for sure”.
While the Packers aim to get Bakhtiari and Jenkins back on the field as soon as possible, it’s very encouraging to see the development of the other Packers lineman in a short period of time. Even if some of those players don’t see playing time as much through out the season, it gives reassurance that the future is in good hands when they eventually receive full-time opportunities to play. Undoubtedly, with multiple backups and rookies starting the last couple of weeks and playing well, Stenavich deserves appropriate recognition.——————
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