The play of tackle Levi Brown has been an oft-discussed topic, and he obviously has his critics, especially in the fan base. But as I have written before, coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff are not unhappy with his play, and Whisenhunt reiterated that again at the recent owners’ meetings. Mike Sando has all the quotes and the breakdowns — Sando points out there are many first-rounders from that season Brown has probably outperformed — but there is the reality Levi will always be graded down because of how high he was selected (and because everyone knows by now the Cards considered taking Adrian Peterson with the selection).
“Any time an offensive lineman gets drafted that high, especially in a fantasy football world where people want you to get dynamic playmakers, you are going to face some kind of criticism,” Whisenhunt said. “I have to give Levi some credit. As tough as it’s been, he hasn’t let it affect him. He has continued to work and get better and I think this will be a big year for him. This is a chance for him to show that he can play this position very well.”
Will Brown ever get to a Pro Bowl level? Well, usually we’d know that by now. But for all the people — and I hear from many of them — who want to dump him period, that’s not going to happen. Nor do I think should it.
“The reason we drafted Levi where we did was because we had him rated high enough to go in that position, but we also felt like we had to develop our offensive line and defensive line at that point, because that is where the most critical component of your team,” Whisenhunt said. “That is the only way you are going to have a chance to compete. Levi has been a good player. He is often criticized, but I think that comes with being the fifth pick, and I don’t understand how you evaluate offensive linemen, because they are not catching passes or running touchdowns in.”
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