Green Bay's biggest selling point was that it had experienced guards in T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. The Packers play a different system than the Colts did, and there's comfort in playing between guys who know what's coming and who can help him out if there's something he doesn't know.
Not that there's much of that.
"Jeff's done a great job for us," Aaron Rodgers said. "He understands the tempo of the no-huddle and has been around the game for a long time, so there's not much that surprises him. He's got little tricks of the trade that he incorporates to his game."
Though the line has had its share of problems — Rodgers has been sacked an NFL-worst 16 times, and Green Bay's running game is third worst in the NFC at 84.3 yards a game — it is showing signs of progress. Rodgers left the New Orleans game unscathed, and Cedric Benson had 84 yards on 18 carries.
"I thought it was a good opportunity here and I still feel that way," Saturday said. "I'm excited with the way the team has been gelling. ... I like to see a team advancing every week."
Even if it's at the expense of the Colts.
Saturday is sure to get a rousing welcome Sunday. His own cheering section will be about 70 strong (the Colts helped him line up extra tickets), and Indianapolis traditionally welcomes back former players with a video of their highlights with the Colts.
But no matter how welcoming the Colts and their fans are, Saturday will still be in somebody else's home.
"There's a new general manager, new coaching staff, mostly new players. It's not the same Colts. But it's the horseshoe. It's the blue. It's the same things you rallied around for so many years," he said. "I'm sure it's going to be tough. But you have to put it aside and take it for the job that it is."
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