Very interesting note from Bob McGinn this morning regarding Marshall Newhouse’s early struggles on Sunday against Jared Allen (sorry, sub required):
There was some talk on the sidelines about shifting Bulaga to left tackle, but the decision quickly was made to stay with Newhouse. If Chad Clifton doesn’t return and Newhouse doesn’t improve, Bulaga or Derek Sherrod have to be viable options.
I have to admit, going back and watching the game again last night, Newhouse looked worse than I thought he did when watching it live. But I never thought he was playing so poorly that he should have been pulled.
There were more than a few plays where Newhouse just looked lost – but I think that has a lot more to do with the unique challenge that is playing left tackle for the Packers in the Metrodome. Some of the Packers’ best have come apart there, from Chad Clifton to Ken Ruettgers. So watching Newhouse struggle is no surprise.
I’m glad that cooler heads prevailed. I think Newhouse could be a good left tackle – no more, no less – if he’s allowed to grow and struggle through tough times like he experienced on Sunday. As McCarthy is fond of saying about young players – he just needs to play.