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Jeff Backus has started every game of his 10-year career. That is 160 straight starts at left tackle since Detroit drafted him in 2001.
Throughout his career Backus has shouldered the load from critics and cynics alike, in terms of the performance of the offensive line.
Backus’ sack numbers ballooned in the Mike Martz system, an issue that Chicago Bears 2010 starting left tackle Frank Omiyale knows all too well.
In all actuality Jeff Backus has proven to be a dependable tackle in the Scott Linehan system.
In fact Backus was named the best tackle in the NFC North in 2010 according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn’s yearly report on the division.
In the report Bob McGinn asks NFC North scouts to rank the top three players by position.
McGinn says “They were not permitted to vote for their own players, and none of the comments that follow was made by a scout about a player on his own team. A first-place vote was worth three points, a second was worth two points and a third was worth one point. Asterisks denote unanimous selections.”
Jeff Backus scored a nine, with the Chad Clifton and Bryant McKinnie following with 7 and 5 respectively.
Here is an excerpt from said report.
Backus, who tied with Clifton and McKinnie in '09, won his first outright title since '02 when Clifton was injured. "Backus played pretty good this year," one scout said. "It surprised me." Clifton has had six firsts plus seconds in two of the past three years. "He's the same to me," another scout said. "Just a steady player. Kind of like Backus. The thing that everyone forgets, this NFC North this year played the NFC East and the AFC East. Every week it was a good pass rusher. For our (tackles) to hold up is a credit to them."