Quietly, Sendlein works

Posted by Darren Urban on June 16, 2011 – 1:30 pm

With not much else going on, the breakdowns by sites like have been interesting reads (not that they aren’t always) and as they have gotten into pass blocking of late, some Cards have taken their lumps, most notably tackles Levi Brown and Brandon Keith (Brown was ranked as second-worstleft tackle in the NFL last season, although Jeremy Bridges’ time as pass-protecting right tackle went pretty well).

Then PFF looked at guards and centers. The Cards’ guards, in terms of pass protection, weren’t in the top 15 or the bottom 15. But center Lyle Sendlein was rated as the third-best center — behind Pro Bowlers Jeff Saturday and Matt Birk — and was caught author Khaled Elsaye’s attention enough that he noted Sendlein’s spot:

“The real surprise name near the top is Lyle Sendlein. The Cardinal isn’t surrounded by the best pass protecting talent, but he gave up just two sacks and seven total quarterback disruptions. That put him ahead of (the Jets’) Nick Mangold, who may be the best center of this generation, but finished ‘only’ sixth in this look (though how much of that can be put down to injury we’ll leave to your judgment).”

Mangold, by the way, is still in the top 10 list. I’d be curious to know how Alan Faneca — who is good friends with Mangold from their days with the Jets — would compare/contrast Mangold and Sendlein.

That said, it’s no shock the Cards have liked Sendlein so much. He is way off the radar, even though he was offensive captain this past season along with Fitz. His roughest season was 2008, and he was dealing with a shoulder injury the whole time. You can debate Brown’s status, or whether Deuce Lutui would/should be re-signed, or if Keith will make it as a right tackle. There is little question, though, the Cardinals want to keep Sendlein around (his contract has expired) and I think Sendlein would like to stick around.

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11 Responses to “Quietly, Sendlein works”

  1. By CZarr on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    The same study was not kind to Brandon Keith at RT. Jeremy Bridges was in the top 15 at RT however.

    I need to forward this article to the Madden ratings committee, they always seem to give Lyle the shaft.

    I hope you’re right and we do what we can to keep him around.

  2. By CZarr on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    I’m retarded… Somehow I missed the entire first paragraph.. Belay that post lol

  3. By D on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Resign Lyle, Hadnot at left G, sign D. Joseph as right G, bring in W. Colon to compete for one of the tackle spots..Keith maybe the reserve lineman next year along with Bridges..

  4. By tom on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    yea sendlein is our only good lineman and if he gets away im gonna be mad! after losing tose players last year we should have more than enough money to sign him and breaston!

  5. By Peter in Canada on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    I like Sendelein too. As well as pass blocking I recall in 2009 they had success with some screen passes when they got iside the 10 yard line. Sendelein always managed to keep the oposing ILB from making the tackle.

  6. By SteveDCO on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    This is good stuff….

    We have a lot of work to do at the tackle position but it seems we may have the C and at least one of the guard spots with Hadnot filled.

    Hopefully we can resign Duece and get some help at tackle and with 4 running backs who can all contibute, we should be able to take some oressure off our new QB.

    FA wishlist verion 1.0

    1. QB – Kolb, Orton, Palmer
    2. OLB – need a veteran pressence to help Davis, Schofield and Acho along. I believe Porter will be back for one more season at a very reduced rate.
    3. OT – need to add some talent at the tackle spots. Levi may be a RT and Keith may need another year or two.
    4. WR – if we let Steve go (which I think would be awful) we are going to have to add depth here. We need a legit #2.
    5. DL – Have to resign Branch
    6. ILB – Washington and Lenon should be okay but the rookie will need some time so need a veteran here.

    If the Cards are serious all of these things are very double with Kolb being the hardest as you don’t want to give up too much for him

  7. By Brandon on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply


    Could you actually ask Faneca to compare and contrast? It may be interesting, if he’s willing to be direct.

  8. By Darren Urban on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: Faneca

    Not sure Alan would be willing. And right now, officially, he hasn’t turned in retirement papers which means he remains off-limits for me.

  9. By Scott H on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, I haven’t heard the names Kolb or McNabb mentioned in weeks! Oops, did I say that??? Silly me…actually, it’s been nice. But regardless of the names, the fact is that the QB position just remains one big gaping hole for this team right now. I would just like to know who is the guy to fill it is going to be. I feel like this team has no face until this is resolved. Seriously. The opponents, the schedule, etc…none of it means anything when you don’t even know who your QB is!

  10. By AndyStandsUp on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Best undrafted rookie free agent the Cards have signed since that one QB that had the intelligence, creativity and competitiveness coming out of a non-power college while still remaining deeply religious.

    Yep, that Max Hall is really something.

  11. By BIG RED on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Must be a relative, cause I sure didn’t see nothing on that boy.

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