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Justice not to blame for the sacks

Updated: October 2, 2007, 6:27 PM ET
By Gary Horton
Philadelphia LT Winston Justice is getting loads of criticism for his play on Sunday night against the Eagles. He is taking the lion's share of the blame for the Eagles allowing 12 sacks to the New York Giants, including allowing six to Osi Umenyiora.

Thing is, not all the sacks were Justice's fault and it was amazing the Philadelphia never made any adjustments to give him help. I watched every one of the 12 sacks and not one time did Justice have help from a TE or RB. They either released into the passing game or blocked on the right side of the line. That makes sense since RT Jon Runyan has always had problems against DE Michael Strahan. Still, there's no excuse for not giving Justice some help.

Justice is a good athlete. Coming out of USC, he was considered an up-and-down player, but no one doubted his athletic ability. But Sunday night, the second-year pro was embarrassed athletically and embarrassed in strength. But remember while Umenyiora may look like a speed rusher, he has amazing upper body strength and plays with great leverage. He manhandled Justice in bull rush situations. But I've seen him do that to some of the best left tackles in the game, including Seattle's Walter Jones.


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