Missing Levi Brown?
Posted by Brad Wilbricht
Tuesday, August 28 - 2:00 PM
If you asked any Cardinal fan the weak link of this year’s team and past teams, many would have answered with LT Levi Brown. Brown has struggled throughout his career in the desert and has always been under the microscope since being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft
Many draft pundits considered the selection of Brown a reach and their claim can easily be validated given Brown’s performance on the field – particularly when he became the blindside protector of Arizona’s quarterbacks.
But if Cardinal backers didn’t like what they saw from Brown, who was placed on IR earlier last week with a triceps injury, they may be in for a rude awakening in 2012.
With Brown out for the season, D’Anthony Batiste, D.J. Young and Nate Potter are next in line to take the reins at left tackle. None of the aforementioned names possess a comparable skill-set to Brown – who by the way usually graded out as one of the worst left tackles in the NFL.
So as the Cardinals’ trials and tribulations along the offensive line continue, underwhelming results can be expected once again. In fact, those underwhelming results have already surfaced this year.
In four preseason games, Arizona has allowed 18 sacks and neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton has had a fair chance at earning the starting job. With both Kolb and Skelton already ruled out of the preseason finale, their battle for the starting spot will carry into the regular season – something every NFL teams tries to avoid.
Regardless of who winds up under center, the Cardinals offensive line will probably struggle – even worse than the past handful of seasons – leaving many of the Arizona faithful missing Levi Brown and wishing for him to be back on the field.
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