Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians tends to be pretty open about with the media about what he thinks...at least he seems to be. After last offseason he made some waves locally about left tackle Levi Brown being elite, he is showing public support once again for his left tackle.
In an ESPN report by Josh Weinfuss, Arians said that upgrading at left tackle "doesn't have to be the highest" priority.
"Bradley (Sowell) played OK, and he's going to get better with another year of strength and conditioning," Arians said. "It's not the most glaring need."
I agree that Sowell can get better and stronger. He is young and hopefully has not reached his ceiling. However, we must remember that he was Pro Football Focus' lowest rated left tackle in the league.
In fairness, as Arians noted Sowell played "OK," we should note that, according to PFF, Sowell did not allow a sack in the team's final four games. He did, though allow a total of 17 pressures in those games. PFF has him as having given up seven sacks on the season.
There are reports that the team is interested in targeting soon-to-be free agent tackle Branden Albert.
How much are we to believe?
I don't think left tackle must be the top priority. Sowell did do...OK. He didn't get absolutely destroyed out there.
But, like we have heard before, we probably cannot really believe much of what the coach says, and this is definitely a case of a coach sticking up for a player he brought in. That's what a good coach will do. It also will, in a small way, keep the team from seeming desperate in negotiations with a free agent.
But what how should fans feel if the team ends up rolling with Bradley Sowell another season? Should they be disappointed...or trust that it will be fine?