Coach Ken Whisenhunt has talked about the offensive line undergoing changes, and bringing in Alan Faneca and losing Mike Gandy made that obvious. But of the incumbents, switching Levi Brown from right tackle to left tackle is the biggest storyline. But Levi (below talking to Whisenhunt while stretching before Friday’s first minicamp practice) likes the idea a lot, especially after playing there his whole life before arriving in the NFL.
“I was hoping they’d do it earlier,” Brown said. “I was hoping I’d be there to begin with. I don’t know what direction they were trying to go, but I’m here now.”
It’s a little like going home, Brown said. “The only thing that is weird right now is switching the plays over. When they say an even number, I am used to thinking it is right, now I am on the backside of it.”
One aspect that left many wondering why Brown was moved — in theory, the former No. 1 pick is your top tackle. With a left-handed quarterback in Matt Leinart, wouldn’t Brown make more sense staying put and protecting Leinart’s blind side? In the end, Whisenhunt doesn’t put as much stock in the “blind side” equation.
“I don’t know if necessarily matters that Matt is a left-handed quarterback, because generally the best pass rushers in this league are on the left side,” Whisenhunt said. “A lot of times it’s difficult for those guys to switch over because you get used to rushing off of an edge. From that standpoint, maybe it will be easier because if that’s what happens the strongest rush will come from your face instead of your backside, so you have a better chance of seeing it. Until we get into that situation and see how teams will plays us, it’s really hard to say.”
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