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Arizona Cardinals Might Have Their Tackle Combo, Will Try It Again Vs. Denver

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Aug 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt on the sideline against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt on the sideline against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Aside from the big question about whether or not the starting quarterback will be John Skelton or Kevin Kolb, there is a big question mark over both offensive tackle positions now that Levi Brown is out for the entire season. However, despite how bad the offensive line looked, it might not have been quite as bad as was thought.

Part of it was a lack of scheming, as the team wanted to see what individuals can do. Ken Whisenhunt explained this at his Friday press conference.

"In a situation that we're trying to find out something about our offensive line, you've got to put them in positions to see how they handle it," Whiz explained. "That's part of it. It's a big boys' game. There's going to be collisions, there's gioing to be tackles, there's going to be times you have to play well. We have to evaluate the line and get that situation where we feel comfortable we've got the best guys. So we're in the process of doing that."

He may be on to something as to a possible grouping that could manage in the regular season -- D'Anthony Batiste at left tackle and rookie Bobby Massie at right tackle.

"Last night when we moved D'Anthony to the left side and put Bobby in on the right side, it seemed like we stabilized the protections," he explained. "Everything went a little bit better. Now you've got to say going in to this game, you put that in there and see if it holds true."

Now we have at least on thing to watch for against the Broncos. Hopefully, for the sake of everyone involved, this rotation does the trick.

Do you think this rotation is the answer? Or is Jeremy Bridges in the picture? Whiz explained why Bridges sat.

"I think if you look at it from that standpoint, you know what you have with Jeremy (Bridges)," he went on. "You don't have unlimited reps in training camp or in preseason games, especially not in live action, so you need to look at other guys. Jeremy got a lot of reps early in the preseason at tackle. D'Anthony (Batiste) we haven't seen a lot of, D.J. (Young) we hadn't seen very much of, Nate Potter. So you have some guys you want to look at."

In the end, will Bridges be one of the starters, or will he be on the bench providing versatility as needed?

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