The numbers don’t work.
That’s the first thing you think of: The Cards actually have too many offensive linemen. Someone is going to be left out, especially now that the Cards have signed Pro Bowler Alan Faneca. It’ll be sorted out as we go through the offseason work and then into training camp. Coach Ken Whisenhunt insisted Faneca will have to compete for his job, but of course, it’s hard to believe Faneca won’t have a starting job unless he woefully underperforms. And they wouldn’t have signed him if they thought that could happen.
So I would guess Faneca will end up at the left guard spot where he has been a long-term fixture. That displaces Reggie Wells, but Wells — who has been a regular at offseason work — could move to the right side. Yes, that’s where Deuce Lutui is, or at least, has been. This is a total guess on my part, but I wonder if Faneca would have been signed if Lutui had signed his tender and had been in place. Maybe he would have been (Whiz did say the Faneca signing was “meant to be”) but Lutui’s absence has been glaring.
If Lutui comes in and plays well, maybe Wells can play some right tackle. I doubt that, however. Brandon Keith is going to be given a shot at right tackle. Jeremy Bridges is there to compete, but I think Keith ends up there. As much as Russ Grimm has always liked Lyle Sendlein, I don’t think he’s going anywhere even with Rex Hadnot around. Levi Brown will be the left tackle.
So that’s my guess at the line, left to right: Brown, Faneca, Sendlein, Wells, Keith. I could be off-base. I’ve been before (as many of you have pointed out with my thought the Cards wouldn’t sign in Arizona). Offensive line coach Russ Grimm, with Whisenhunt, have significantly overhauled the line. It certainly looks more like a mauling line used for running now with Faneca on board, the reason Grimm wanted Faneca back after spending so much time together in Pittsburgh (pictured below).
It’s going to be an interesting path to the regular season. By the time final cuts are made, someone who I expected to be on the roster won’t be. Numbers alone won’t let that happen.
Tags: Alan Faneca, Brandon Keith, Ken Whisenhunt, Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, Reggie Wells, Rex Hadnot, Russ Grimm
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