Thursday, September 16, 2010
Can Alex Barron recover from The Hold?
By Dan Graziano
In his debut column for ESPN.com, former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker takes an optimistic look at Cowboys right tackle Alex Barron's future. He suggests that Barron should call Eagles right tackle Winston Justice, a man who knows something about being humiliated on national television.
"Justice is the guy who gave up six sacks to Osi Umenyiora on a Sunday night game in 2007," writes Tucker. "Most people thought he was just terrible. Even more believed he would never recover mentally from such a meltdown.
"Well, all Justice has done since then is work himself into the starting lineup for the Eagles at right tackle and play well enough at that position to earn a contract extension. Now he is arguably the Eagles' most reliable offensive lineman, as hard as that would have been to believe three years ago."
The big difference between these two players is that Justice was making the first start of his career in '07. It was an embarrassing night for sure, but he was only in his second season with the Eagles. Barron was making the 75th start of his career Sunday night. Tucker seems to think that Barron might have a chance to redeem himself this season. I'm not so sure the Cowboys will allow that to happen.
Welcome aboard, Ross. I've enjoyed your work on SI.com and now I look forward to working with you. Please leave your cell phone number in the comments section.