It has been well documented that the Arizona Cardinals offensive line struggled in 2010. Levi Brown and Brandon Keith both were rated among the lowest offensive tackles in pass protection. It is looking more and more that Levi Brown is, in fact, the second coming of Leonard Davis -- he even wears the same number. However, do not expect the bookends of the line to change for 2011.
Why is this?Well, we here in ROTB have discussed and read the discussions of hoe the organization should not put Brown in a position to continue to fail and move him over to guard. It would be easy now that Alan Faneca has retired and Deuce Lutui is not under contract.
The problem is that I don't think it will ever happen. I asked Kent Somers if he had ever heard it being batted around a change for Brown to guard. Somers responded stating, "Never heard moving L. (Levi) Brown to guard discussed. Coaches like Brandon Keith's upside. Think he'll be better than Bridges with time."
Now part of this potential lack of change is likely due to the possible wholesale changes on the interior line, as Faneca is retired and both Lyle Sendlein and Lutui are not under contract.
I'm not sure why the conversation of putting Brown inside has not even taken place, especially considering the history of the team and highly drafted offensive tackles. It seems that keeping him out there is an act of futility.
But it seems we can expect the same. I don't see the team going after a tackle in free agency, but maybe they will.
At this point we have to, don't we?