Any thoughts of the potential offensive line for 2013 and a shuffle has included — at least from some in the fan base — speculation that moving tackle Levi Brown to guard would benefit all involved. Brown, who did finish the last half of 2011 strong at left tackle before a triceps tear kept him out of the entire 2012 season, said when he re-signed last season he preferred playing left tackle over right tackle. I don’t know what his feelings about guard would be — my guess is that he’d rather play tackle — but it may be a moot point given head coach Bruce Arians’ early thoughts.
“He’s a talent,” Arians said. “I don’t think he’d have any problem playing guard. But tackles are harder to find. Depending on what is available in the draft and free agency, those six or seven we suit up on Sunday you like to have position flexibility. But I would see him more as a right tackle/left tackle than a guard.”
General manager Steve Keim leaned the same way.
“The fact Bruce wants our five best offensive linemen out there means Levi could potentially move inside to guard,” Keim said. “That just depends on the combination of players we either sign in free agency. Looking at it on the horizon I don’t anticipate that happening, but you never want to say never.”
Brown’s return has been hailed by Arians as important help to fix the offensive line. To me, that sounds like a tackle.
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