After Winston Justice's disastrous performance in 2007 against the New York Giants, he stood in front of his locker in the cramped visitors locker room at Giants Stadium and answered every question about his culpability in the loss.
Two years later, after the Eagles dismantled the New York Giants 40-17, Justice had every right to stand in front of his locker in the spacious locker room at Lincoln Financial Field and enjoy the questions this time around.
However, he took the same approach as he did back on that dreary day at Giants Stadium. He kept an eye towards the future.
"It feels good to win, but we have to play them again," Justice said. "This was a good win. This game was a big difference than a couple of years ago, but that game is in the past and I'm looking towards the future. God-willing, I get to have a lot more opportunities like this."
At the start of training camp, you certainly wouldn't have expected to pencil in Justice as the team's starter at right tackle. But with the injury to Shawn Andrews combined with Justice's impressive summer, the former second-round pick's turnaround became one of the feel-good stories of training camp. It was one thing to impress in the preseason, but another to do it when the games count in the standings.
Through seven games, the Eagles are 5-2 and tied atop the NFC East. Against the Giants, he helped hold Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck to a tackle and a pass deflection.
Nothing else. Certainly no sacks.
"The coaches have given us this mentality that if someone goes down you have to play just as good, if not, better," Justice said. "It feels good when someone steps up to do that."
And Justice certainly has done that this season. And, to borrow a phrase Justice uses often, God-willing, he'll keep it up.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:15 p.m., November 3