Levi will stay outside

Posted by Darren Urban on August 27, 2013 – 9:55 am

With the injury of Jonathan Cooper, the Cardinals have gone with with the Daryn Colledge-Paul Fanika guard combination. There has been a lot of speculation on the outside that the Cards, at some point, could end up trying one of their tackles inside. Maybe Bobby Massie. Maybe Nate Potter. Maybe, even, Levi Brown.

None have been a consideration. Bruce Arians was asked specifically about Brown being considered inside. “Not until I find someone to take his place at left tackle,” was Arians’ reply.

The reality is that Brown is going to be the left tackle. It doesn’t look like Nate Potter has made any in-roads in displacing Brown (in fact, Potter seems to has struggled.). Arians, meanwhile, wasn’t showing any panic about Brown even after San Diego’s Dwight Freeney got to him — and therefore, the quarterback — some Saturday night.

“Overall, pass protection has not been a problem, until the other night,” Arians said. “We didn’t game-plan Dwight Freeney as much as we would have and Dwight beat Levi. It comes down to a one-on-one game. If we feel that way going into a game (that the tackle might get beat), we’ll help the guy.”

One of the things Arians liked the most of his Colledge-Fanaika decision was it was only moving one player — Colledge, to left guard. And Colledge has experience there. Brown hasn’t ever played guard and hasn’t practiced there. Neither have Massie and Potter for that matter (Arians gave a quick “nope” when asked if one of those guys could be moved inside.) Arians had said this offseason that the time for that experimentation was during OTAs. We’re well past that now.

Clearly, Brown’s work at left tackle will remain under the spotlight. It’s hard not to notice. Could the Cards find someone to, as Arians said, take his place? Even with all the tackles that likely will make this roster (Brown, Massie, Potter, Eric Winston) I’m sure the Cards will continue to look at the spot.




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20 Responses to “Levi will stay outside”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Love how BA thinks. “If we feel that way going into a game (that the tackle might get beat), we’ll help the guy.” Translation: it ain’t that complicated.

  2. By rod on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Good thing Palmer didn’t get hurt. BA should scheme to help Levi EVERY GAME. That ultimately helps his QB keep from getting hurt.

  3. By Dave P on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    “false start..offense..#75.. 10 yard penalty.. repeat 3rd down”

  4. By RedAZinTucson on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    False start is a 5 yard penalty 😉

  5. By lg on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Levi Brown did not look good at all Saturday night and that worries me he got to man up and win them one on one match ups.

  6. By montysdsu on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Arians is just going to continue to trot out this the line is fine BS, but that dog don’t hunt. Either he is a worldclass bs artist or he lacks any knowledge on olines or he doesn’t understand oline ply. maybe those years of overrated, crumy lines in Indy that looked better because of Manning that ended up getting the number 1 draft pick killed all last year have given him some crazy understanding on the importance. But, the cupboard is bare, the offseason and draft should have been heavenly concentrated on the line, not just drafting a guard (regardless of how good he is, he’s still a guard) and saying, oh, boy, the line is so much better than anyone with any eyeballs can see.

    Whiz spent his time running away from addressing the line and the talking points from Brucey seem to be on the same track. Until they address the line or catch lightning in a bottle with a qb that gets rid of the ball quick like Manning or Warner this franchise will continue to be a bottom dweller.

  7. By Rugbymuffin on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Officially requesting a story on Paul Fanaika.

    He is playing very well for us, IMO.

  8. By Roland on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Levi Brown is to slow on his feet. How many times does he need to be beat off the ball to prove this. He is off sides in the years past all the time. AM I WRONG ON THIS.

  9. By debeezy on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    @montysdsu please tell us how much of an expert on Offensive Line expert you are, compared to a coach that’s been around the league for plenty of time.

  10. By Louisville Card on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply


    Arians wasn’t even in Indy when Manning played there. If you’re going to complain then get your facts right. To say the didn’t address the line this year is a bit off too…Lose one game preseason game and the sky is falling.

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Arians/Manning

    They were together in Indy. Arians was Manning’s first QB coach in the NFL.

  12. By monzz on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply


    I am curious what qualifications you have to run your mouth regarding BA and the GM, were you in the running for either HC or GM? If not your opinion is full of BS, the new team has blanked the Pack and held the cowboys without a TD well into the 4th quarter. they had a bad game against SD but every team does that’s what preseason is about. You should refrain from bad mouthing until the new coaching staff and GM have had a chance to show us what they can do.

  13. By Cardsalltheway on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    2011 all over again with Levi Brown. Why change the GM and head coach but still keep the same terrible LT?

  14. By credit card on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Brown’s leg turn-over rate did not improve since last year. Huge, enormous, gigantic, big concern for the Cards. Can’t be even the slightest effective if you cannot even touch the person you’re supposed to block. Cards should have stapled a jump rope to his hands over last winter. Too late now.

    I hope Denver plays Ryan Clady for a few series, while Brown is playing. Observe the speed difference between the two — you figure who is more effective….

  15. By johnnybluenose on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    No doubt BA knows what he is doing but I am surprised that Brown was not moved to guard and Massie named to replace him at tackle. We need to get a lot better in the next ten days.

  16. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Bruce Arians was asked specifically about Brown being considered inside. “Not until I find someone to take his place at left tackle,” was Arians’ reply.

    Translation; If you can find me someone better, we will go with him, but right now Levi is the best we got and so we will give him help and get through the year.

    In deeper thought; I sure hope Lewan or Mathews fall to us in next years draft. I could then pair my new LT with a healthy Cooper and make this thing work.

    I also heard Bowles thoughts; Guys, can I get a pass rusher before the forth round next year? A big young DE also please.

  17. By HunterSThompson on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    The “Levi Hat-Trick”:

    One false start penalty, one holding penalty, and one sack given up. Bonus points for either penalty occurring at a crucial point in a drive.

    Keep score at home folks! The last couple of seasons have been a lot of fun!

  18. By truths4all on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sure its BA’s call to keep Brown at left tackle, but after seeing Freeney knock Brown back on his ass time and time again or speed rush past Brown to the outside or inside at will, we should prepare ourselves for the Drew Stanton era because poor Carson Palmer is going to get hurt and knocked out of games just like Kolb did with Brown “protecting” his blind side. Now, Drew Stanton has looked good against mostly vanilla defenses, but Carson Palmer is the only proven NFL QB on the roster.

    Now contrary to many blind-faith fans, of course BA has creds, but he is the first to admit he is not infallible, as evidenced by his and his coaches’ poor job in getting the team ready to seriously play the Chargers in the last pre-season game. And keep in mind that during BA’s season as the interim head coach at Indy, the Colts played most of their regular season games against teams with losing records which, of course, helped their gaudy won-loss record.

    With the declared genius of BA, I wonder why there is no consideration of using or even trying proven, All-Pro Eric Winston at left tackle. With his experience, brains, athleticism, and track record, Winston should be able to step right in and play left tackle much better than Brown or Potter

  19. By ored on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    next draft is a long ways away and much can and will happen between now and then,but it is looking like there will be a focus OLB and TE next year.still lots of time and variables for the tackle and rb spots to sort themselves out,we have 4 tackles for 2 positions,somebody just needs to stake a claim.

    hoping for a good year from mendenhall,but even so i don’t think he’s the long term answer,if we’re not into rb by committee,then we’ll probably be looking to draft one,we seriously need a quality db opposite PP,doing that and finding a long term answer to pass rusher would go a long ways to cementing our defense.if just a few things break our way we could be an upper echelon team,we just need to gel and a few players to break out,we’re really close,listen to some of the players,they agree. we have short term solutions at a few positions,just waiting to see someone develop and that will be happening the more they play.

  20. By Eazy E on Sep 7, 2013 | Reply

    I simply don’t understand the love affair with this guy. He isn’t good hell! Dwight is great and a famer but sheesh, it doesn’t matter if they game-planned or not, Levi getting that butt whipped a lot by Dwight period. Damn our left side is vulnerable.

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