Be careful what you wish for.
It’s hard not to hear that cliché echo when it comes to the loss of left tackle Levi Brown. The drumbeats from the fans to get rid of him over the years — and which reached their peak this spring after he was released, before he was re-signed — have always been steady. The overall opinion of Brown couldn’t have been more different between the team and its fanbase.
Now, because of Brown’s torn triceps, the Cards and their fans will see what life with Levi is really about. As Mike Sando pointed out, Brown has played virtually every offensive snap since 2008 started, whether it was at right or left tackle. Every time Ken Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm have talked about bringing Brown back, they talked about how he was the best out there. Brown isn’t on the verge of a Pro Bowl, and no one ever tried to say as much. But it says something about the left tackle market. I know some have suggested guys like Marcus McNeill or Jeff Otah, but McNeill is reportedly retiring because his bad neck won’t let him play and Otah has been traded and then cut because he can’t pass a physical.
(A quick aside: In one of the blog comments, someone suggested the Cards grab Otah even if he can’t pass a physical. I don’t get it. What the point of that?)
What the Cards do going forward will be the subject of a story later today. But this is about not having Brown. He was durable. He was a vocal leader. He is smart. He has struggled at times much of his career, but he’s a pretty good run blocker and on a team that has quarterback issues and the possibility of a pretty good running back tandem, a good run blocker could have been useful.
The Cards will find a next man up. Teams always do, whether the guy is already on the roster or a cut-to-come from another team. But be careful what you wish for? It may be about wishin’ and hopin’ now.
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