After today's thriller, we've all begun a bit of reflection. What went wrong? How'd the team step up in the second half? Who's still in the band, or on the street chasing it?
One resounding theme from today was the plight of the offensive line. The run-blocking was awful, and Matthew Stafford was on the ground more than Jim Schwartz's headset. The worst performance on the line was turned in by Jeff Backus.
Now, Backus played horribly all game. He was destroyed, physically and mentally. He gave up three sacks, two nearly game-ending penalties, and undoubtedly was a big reason the Lions went scoreless in the first half.
We can't forget who Backus had to go against. Someone with Kyle Vanden-Bosch's mentality and unparalleled athleticism. Jared Allen is one of the league's best defensive ends, and had a great day.
Sorry to make excuses for Backus, but this was a tough situation. The Metrodome is tough on offenses, everyone else was struggling, and he had to stop a monster. An average player had a bad game, and a great player had an extraordinary game.
Let's not go regress to "Jeff Sackus". He's been a decent player for the last decade. Is he a symbol of mediocrity? Yes. But that doesn't mean replacing him with some random Joe will help us keep Stafford up.
I'm not opposed to giving Fox a chance to play if he's ready, but I don't think it will happen. And the reason for that is, Jeff Backus was, and is, a decent player, regardless of what happened today.