Beyond the Game: Packers offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse
GREEN BAY (WITI) — When the football season begins, the Green Bay Packers are going to find out if left is right, and if right is left for that matter. A big switch on the offensive line has several veterans learning new positions and a starter defending his honor.
With Marshall Newhouse in the starting lineup over the past two seasons, the Packers have gone 23-6. He is keeping that in mind in the wake of Green Bay’s coaches switching him from left tackle to right tackle and setting him up to compete for the top job at that spot.
“It’s not going to be somewhere where I lay my head down or stomp around or throw a fit or anything. It’s going to be bear down, honestly — just be a guy they can depend on. I don’t want to be perceived as a weak part of the line. That sucks. And less outside of the locker room — more inside the locker room. I want to make myself into a strength of the offensive line. I know that I had a lot of success, so I’m just going to have to accept the role that I’ve been given and go at it 100%, and that’s all I can really do,” Newhouse said.
Newhouse is among the more reflective players in the Packers locker room. He is also universally viewed as a nice guy, which is appreciated everywhere, except maybe within the trenches of an NFL game.
“Being an offensive lineman, there’s a lot of passive aggressiveness — especially in pass blocking. Run blocking, there is no doubt there’s a meanness to it and you have to finish run plays, and I know that’s something I’m improving on. Pass blocking — there’s a lot of mean guys that get beat a lot because they’re too aggressive. There’s a balance there and I think I’ve made strides these last few years toward achieving that balance. There’s obviously things that could be done better as far as tenacity is concerned, but I know I have plenty,” Newhouse said.
Newhouse says football is becoming more of a business for him, but he wants to succeed in Green Bay.