The Green Bay Packers remain high on former starting tackle Marshall Newhouse but have absolutely no plans to replace youngsters David Bakhtiari or Don Barclay after the bye. "They're our starting tackles" offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Monday. "By performance." Bakhtiari is coming off his poorest game of the three he has started at left tackle since being drafted in the fourth round. He allowed 5½ pressures and 2½ "bad" runs Sunday in a 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Two of Bakhtiari's worst moments came late in the fourth quarter in two of the game's biggest plays. The rookie failed to cut off defensive end Michael Johnson on fourth and 1 at the Bengals 30. Johnson then jarred the ball from Johnathan Franklin and eventually Terence Newman returned it for the winning touchdown. A few minutes later Bakhtiari failed to execute a cut block at the feet of Johnson who stepped past him to deflect a fourth-down pass and clinch the victory. Barclay the right tackle also had two pressures and one "bad" run. Shortly before the opener coach Mike McCarthy indicated that it was possible Newhouse a 31-game starter in 2011-'12 might get at least some playing time. Last week McCarthy was asked if he would still consider inserting Newhouse. "Yeah and they know it too" he replied. "You got Marshall Newhouse standing right there." Although Newhouse was beat out in training camp after opening as the No. 1 right tackle McCarthy holds him in high regard. "It's amazing how this works" said McCarthy. "I don't know if Marshall's ever looked this good as far as practice. He's been outstanding. Best I've seen him." Newhouse who turns 25 Sunday has made 28 starts at left tackle and three at right tackle. His level of performance wasn't always pretty in the past but it never reached the point where the offense couldn't function. Green Bay posted a 24-7 record with Newhouse in the lineup. Despite his history McCarthy said Newhouse hasn't sulked. "He's been a real pro about it" said McCarthy. "The guy's busted his butt. He's making line calls from the tackle position. He's been exceptional." James Campen who coaches the offensive line said he views Newhouse as a starter.
Packers still like Marshall Newhouse
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 27