Justin Geisinger Had a Nice Night
Before last night, the only thing I really knew about Justin Geisinger was that he rents a one-bedroom apartment above some local family's garage. Today, I learned something else: that he hadn't taken a single set at tackle in five years. Like, not one snap in practice. Not once since he left Vandy. Certainly not in the second half of a prime-time national television game against perhaps the nastiest pass rush in the NFL.
"College five years ago was the last time I took an actual rep in practice or a game," he said today, during his predictable Monday press grilling after he was beaten by Terrell Suggs soon after replacing Chris Samuels last night. "It's been a while but it's something that I wasn't COMPLETELY unfamiliar with because I've done it before. But it's just been a while. You know, there's no excuses. I don't have any excuses for myself. They expect me to go in there and fill in the spot, that's my job as a backup. I'm more of an interior backup obviously, but when you dress seven guys on Sunday, injuries do happen. It's a violent game."
Suggs's response, to my colleague JLC?
"I actually pointed at Jim Zorn and said, 'You can't do this, you're going to get your quarterback hurt,' " said Suggs, who praised Geisinger's effort under such stark circumstances. "I was like, 'I don't think this guy is supposed to be here. You've got a mistake.' "
"Obviously it wasn't the best-case situation," Geisinger said. "Unfortunately both our tackles went down. I was the lone soldier left, and I had to fill a spot. I haven't played in a while but that's part of it. Part of being a backup in the National Football League is you've got to be ready for those situations. All's I could do is just go in there and do the best I could....I have no excuses. I expect myself to be able to go in there and block him. That's why I'm here."
Geisinger was asked what went through his mind when he ran out to face Suggs; "I don't think I had time for anything to really run through my mind," he said. "He just kind of sent me out there and before I knew it I was lined up. I didn't really have much time to think. That was probably better. Hopefully the guys upstairs and the coaches will have a plan for next week and we'll be able to regroup."
And he was asked when he realized that left tackle was a possibility; "Once Stephon went in there for Jon I knew I was the last guy, and it was going through the back of my head that there's a chance," Geisinger said. "One of those two guys get hurt, I'm the next guy off the bench. That's just the way it is in the National Football League. You can't dress five backups at each spot so you've got to be ready for the situation."
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