ESPN’s divisional bloggers continued their positional power rankings this week with a look at left tackles. Former Big Ten standouts Joe Thomas and Jake Long were a runaway 1-2 and the NFC North was completely shut out of the top ten. Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton picked up a couple votes and finished in 12th place while the only other NFC North left tackle to receive even one vote was our very own Jeff Backus.
Ace pointed out the enigmatic nature of Backus and this just adds to the mess of opinions. The oddity is that there doesn’t seem to be any correlation between one’s exposure to Backus and one’s resulting opinion. Most Lions fans’ opinion seems to top out at “serviceable” yet the one vote for Backus in the ESPN power poll came from Kevin Seifert, the ESPN blogger that covers the NFC North.