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A Look At The Four Sacks Allowed This Year By T Levi Brown


The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded for tackle Levi Brown, who has given up four sacks through four games thus far this season and below are animated gifs of each of them.

The first three sacks Brown allowed were in week one against the St. Louis Rams and all were surrendered to defensive end Robert Quinn and all to the outside. As you can see, Quinn’s speed and handwork is much better than that of Brown’s and the left tackle said as much after that game.

“He’s got a lot of speed,” Brown said following the loss to the Rams. “He’s good with his hands. Tough job today.”

Brown not only gave up three sacks in the game, he also gave up a hit and a hurry as well.

One thing you’ll notice in all of this gifs is that Brown is a cautious setter. Instead of punching, he’s trying to get his hands outside the frame of the pass rusher. Look at his arms down by his side in the second and fourth gif. Look at the separation that Quinn gets with his left arm in the second gif as it even doubles Brown over. In the first gif, Quinn swats Brown’s left arm away and the gate is now open. In the last gif, New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette also knocks the arms of Brown down.

Brown appears to have a wide enough base on a few of these. He is not the instigator of the block, however. His arms and hands go out and thus he has no power to ward off the initial rush. He really needs to learn to fire those arms out and not down and up. Maybe Tunch Ilkin can teach him the Tunch Punch.

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  • Stillers FAN

    CAN’T do no worse than Adams! it’s tough watching Ben play this well and not have any help from his lt.

  • steeltown

    If you think about it, the 3sack game in week 1 was his first regular season action since the 2011 season.. since that first week he’s given up just one sack

  • CrazyTerry

    it could also be that the AZ line has other weak linemen and there is no need for defenders to exploit LT alone.

  • steeltown

    Are you just grasping at straws now

  • kev4heels

    Brown is waiting to punch too late. That can be fixed.

  • Dan

    Looks very Adams-esque in these clips, but I’ve spent enough time this week being pessimistic. Let’s assume that the front office did study him and is correctly judging him to be capable of mediocrity (a huge step up from Adams). And lets assume that the coaching staff can coach him up and prepare our O-line for an NFL caliber performance.
    If not Tomlin and his crew can go the way of the last coach to lead the Steelers to an 0-4 start in 1968. It would be great if our 2014 coach turns out to be another Chuck Noll.

  • Noel

    Ummm, Steeltown, you are the master of “grasping at straws” I love your optimism but it’s important to be realistic as well.

  • r4kolb

    Yeah, like the they studied Adams and wasted a #2 on him.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    He’s getting paid to be a little better than mediocre.

  • gene mann

    I hope Ben knows a good doctor.

  • Tom

    Looks like he will fit in well.

  • Shea Fahr

    I would really like to see the other numerous pass plays that he played this year as opposed to just the 4 sacks he gave up….but it does not really matter at this point. It is what it is.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m willing to give him a shot. Remeber Valasco was on the street when we picked him up and he’s worked out fine. I know he was cut for salary cap purposes but he was still available. We don’t need Brown to be an all pro left Tackle however it would be nice if it turns out that way….we just need him to anchor that LT spot and not get our QB killed on 3 step drops!

  • Douglas Andrews

    I see this as a good move. You could see Adams needs competition to push him. Unfort some guys are just like that and hopefully this makes him a better LT or RT. Now we have competition at both T spots and the guys are on alert that they have to play better.

  • Bell Cow

    Can’t be any worse than Adams right? Although I still think we have 3 right tackles on the team (Brown, Gilbert and Adams) and neither can play LT very well. The search to find a true LT will continue into this upcoming off season.

  • Bill Molinaro

    I know he doesn’t look so good on these films but if nothing else, the Steelers needed to add OL depth especially at tackle. Let’s see what happens.

  • Bill Molinaro

    You might think the Steelers have problems but the Tampa Bay – Freeman thing is a real mess. From where I sit at least some of this is on Greg Schiano. I see he’s still doing that all out contact on the kneel downs and that makes me question his grip on pro football acumen.

  • Mkeller

    Arizona GM says it was no brainier to get rid of Brown and that he wasn’t worth a roster spot. Arians stated there was no risk to trading Brown because “they couldn’t get any worse in pass protection”. Here we go Steelers……!!!!

  • Scott

    That is exactly what I was thinking. Why did we give up draft picks for this? Supposedly Adams has the ability to be a good tackle, but has a history of being lazy. Maybe this will light a fire under him. Then again, maybe this will light a fire under Brown as well. I just hate to waste draft picks.

  • AndyR34

    One thing that I noticed is that, unlike Adams who just stands there gawping, Brown at least continues to pursue the play and tries to help out…even when initially beat. In the first gif, he recovers the fumble and advances it. In the others he continues to pursue the rusher, while Adams grabs a bowl of popcorn and a seat.

  • Dan Broadbent

    The “conditional” pick better not be better than a 6th rounder… that is all I am saying.

  • Islesteelr

    I think you are right Dave! He needs a Tunch Punch, cuz his base looks good…. I think his issues are fundamental. Maybe the injury is still up in his head?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Not funny, Dave. Pretty tricky video manipulation. Isn’t that really Adams? Sure does look like him

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