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Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

The natural progression of the Oakland Raiders offensive line demanded that Barry Sims move inside. It wasn't that he was ineffective, but Robert Gallery had to take over at some point to ensure a seamless transition into the future. Sims struggled with wrapping his hands around the move at first but understood the implications enough to do what was best for the team.

When Barry Sims first became a starter in 1999, starting six games at tackle and four at guard, he performed well enough to fuel speculation he could eventually be the successor to perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski. Instead, the undrafted free agent settled in at left tackle for a six-year run in which he held off three players drafted to start at his position. Mo Collins, a No....

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