Notebook: 'This was the time' to switch centers, McCarthy says

5:35 PM, Dec. 24, 2012
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith (62) works against Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (94) during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. It was Dietrich-Smith's first career start at center. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith (62) works against Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (94) during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. It was Dietrich-Smith's first career start at center. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
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The decision wasn't easy, but one Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy felt he needed to make with two games left in the regular season.

After standing by 37-year-old center Jeff Saturday for the first 14 weeks of the season, McCarthy finally made the move to go with Evan Dietrich-Smith during Sunday's 55-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.

With Dietrich-Smith, 26, playing the position for which he and the coaching staff agree he's best suited, the Packers' offensive line went off without a hitch. ...

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