Sept. 9, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) prepares to take the snap as the offensive line squares off against the Seattle Seahawks defensive line during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals: The Offensive Line Will Be In the Top 15 of the League

Levi Brown, Jonathan Cooper, Lyle Sendlein, Daryn Colledge, and Bobby Massie are the projected starters on the offensive line of the Arizona Cardinals. If these guys can stay healthy throughout the entire year, they will improve massively. While Brown isn’t one of the best left tackles in the game, he is ten times better than D’Anthony Batiste, his replacement last season. 

He is excellent in the run game, but has a ton of work to do in pass protection especially if you are protecting the quarterback from his blind side. Cooper is projected to be a Hall of Fame-type guard by many experts. In all honesty he better be being drafted so high that’s what you expect out of any player drafted in the top 10 picks. We all know sometimes it just doesn’t pan out that way though and that person crumbles under the pressure. Cooper has versatility playing different positions for North Carolina in his time there.

Cooper has great athleticism and knows how to get into the second level of the defense which will impact the running game and make Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams happy. Expect Cooper to start off a little bit rocky because no matter how talented you are as a rookie it takes some time to adjust to the big boy level. Sendlein has been probably one of the most consistent of all the lineman. He can share his leadership and work ethic with the new rookies coming in.

Sendlein will be his normal self and do his job nothing more nothing less. Expect consistency play from him throughout the year, and to be the anchor for the line. Colledge the best player on the line this past season will now move to the right side. The interior of line will not be the problem that’s for sure it’s going to be the outside who will have to hold up.

Massie the second year pro had an awful first half last year he was getting beat by anything and anyone. Massie made adjustments and improved so much after giving up 13 sacks through the first seven games. Now I won’t sit here and write that he will not give up a sack this year but I believe he will only give up five sacks this year. He showed his desire to be great in the NFL, and that extra time he spends watching film will benefit him greatly.

This unit has a chip on its shoulder and has something prove after terrible play the past couple of years. If the Cardinals have any chance at making the playoffs, it is going to start with the offensive line. They have a quarterback that can make plays if protected and given time. Now not every sack was on them last season, and it doesn’t help when your quarterback is inexperienced and holds on to the ball for a century. This line will allow less than 40 sacks while that’s not elite it’s a huge improvement from 58 sacks.

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  • Bill Doerr

    Batiste was not Browns replacement for a season. He filled in for Brown for like 4 games , and was HORRIBLE . Whiz put new rookie OT Nate Potter in at LT and he as o.k , Levi Brown is still 10x times better than Nate Potter. Potter is young though , did a alright job, his knock was he wasn’t big enough so he put on 20 pounds of Muscle and is working really hard improving.

    As for Bobby Massie, he was a steal in the 4th round for the Cardinal’s. In the second half of the 2012 season as he adjusted from the College to pro level, he gave up ZERO SACKS. Which is why PFF rated him a top 3 NFL OT at RT in the second half of the year. He will be a monster RT this year.

    As for Brown he will look good this year. A lot will come from QB play. Brown has had to protect horrible QBs that held onto the Ball entirely to long, So brown would have to over-extend his protection. Carson Palmer finished in the top 10 quickest passing QBs in the league in 2012. Brady was 3.17 seconds Palmer was behind him at 3.3 seconds according to ESPN. Browns QBs of the past had horrible pocket presence and could not read defense’s. Palmer gets the Ball off very fast , Steps into the pocket with excellent pocket awareness and reads defenses as good as n e elite QB in the game , all that will improve Browns LT Play.

    Brown has J. Cooper next to him at LG who is looked at as the best OG to come outta the draft in 20+ years , very athletic, a projected multiple pro bowler. With Cooper Brown will not have to worry about getting beat inside, both are solid , which will elevate pass protection w/ Palmer finding his target quickly n getting the pass out, and they will be monsters in the run game.

    Yes Lyle Sendlein is back , he is not the leader of this OL. In fact Sendlein said himself he was excited about Brown coming off the IR because he is the leader of this OL , they have their leader back. D. College is right guard and both are avg- above avg linemen. E. Watford this yars 4th round pick is being groomed n could come in at some point to take over at RG.

    Between Brown – Cooper – Sendlein – College – Massie they have a very solid OL this year with their starters back. With the Rookies in, in the second half of the year the OL gave up 19 sacks ranking 13th in the NFL. With the starters back , a beast in massie , and 7th overall Cooper, this line has 3 high caliber elite players. Brown will be very good. This OL will not give up 40 sacks, 40 sacks is a piss poor OL. At most this OL gives up 25-30 , ranking between 10th-15th in the NFL. Palmers QB play alone boosts the OL performance.

    • Edgar Valenzuela Villezcas

      The 10th best line this past season gave up 30 sacks and the 15th gave up 36 . If the line only gives up 25 it will be in the top 3. Thanks for reading.

      • Bill Doerr

        what I meant to say was 25-33 . So between the #3 NO #14 The Vikings OL. A QB like Palmer showed in Oak good QB play elevates bad OL he had no starts on that line. He is just top QB N the NFL at getting the ball out fast. With Levi Brown coming back, under Palmer Brown isn’t over extend his Pas PRT. Him and Cooper are absolute beasts run blocking . They got starting center Lyle Senlein back is pretty good, RT Bobby Massie is returning off a red hot ( where he voted a top 3 NFL OT) SEcond half of the year,
        All I started to let u know until I went out off about our revamed new OL. I was gonna let u know a few things , th biggest is Batiste didn’t take over for us the season. Rookie Nate Potter was thrown like week 4. All the bad yers with those problems should be gone.
        With such great coaching , a pretty good OL that will predict Palme, & the cardinals have the best WR unit in the division that’s a fact. With 4 top RBs brought , n 6″5 Rb Housler who was excellent hands a huge target n will be utilized for onece . The D is better than last year , especially being stacked in CBa