If you ask Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, you’d hear him say how he still believes in tackle Levi Brown. He said pretty much just that in the wake of him getting beat time after time by the St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn this past Sunday. Ask anyone else outside the organization, you’ll get a different opinion.
Of course you don’t have to explain to us just how bad he has been at times. He had a subpar preseason and about just as stellar week one. The Cards attribute it to the players he had to face and they are still allowing him to live off the success of the last eight games of the 2011 season.
His 2012 season was of course washed out thanks to a preseason injury. I certainly thought it was a mistake to live off that second-half of 2011 success, especially having the washed out 2012 season. I thought it was a mistake to draft him with running back Adrian Peterson still on the board. I think that pretty much goes without saying though.
Ron Jaworski, ESPN analyst and guest of Arizona Sports 620, said that he “isn’t fixable”. I don’t always agree with him but I think in this case he’s spot on. Unfortunately the fact is there is really no one to replace him with. They should have addressed that in the offseason.
Fans have been calling for Brown’s exit for two seasons, even after the 2011 success. Not all of them mind you, however it sure seems like a majority. You can include me in that mix.
Now the Cards are faced with having him throughout this season. Let’s just hope Cards quarterback Carson Palmer gets through the season in one piece. So far, the jury is still out.