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If Levi Brown Plays, Steelers Will Have To Give Him Outside Help


Pro Football Focus has new Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Levi Brown down for 25 sacks allowed in his last 36 games played and that includes the first four games he has played this season with the Arizona Cardinals. I have now gone back and looked at each and every one of those sacks and documented them below along with the down and distance.

On 19 of the sacks, Brown was beaten to the outside and mostly by speed rushers lined up as either 7 or 9 technique. As I pointed out in my post earlier in the week, Brown is not an effective puncher against speed rusher types and he just isn’t nimble enough to get out to the edge against these types either. Robert Quinn blew past him on the outside for three sacks in the season opener and Junior Galette pretty much did the same in week three.

Should Brown wind up playing left tackle for the Steelers, they will almost certainly be forced to give him help in the form of a chipping running back or tight end on obvious passing downs. If not, they will have to hope quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can avoid the pressure from the outside around the edge against teams with speed rushers. If you look at their remaining schedule, you will see that there are a lot of games left against those types of pass rushers.

On the six other sacks that Brown has allowed during that span of games, I have him down for only allowing three via either a tackle/end stunt or a linebacker/end twist or lion game. This is good news as Mike Adams has been horrible thus far at recognizing these. Brown also was only bull-rushed once for a sack.

On two of the sacks allowed, Brown was charged, but in my opinion the quarterback had plenty of time to get rid of the football. These sacks took place right in the middle of the field.

Keep in mind that I only documented the sacks. Over that same span of games, Brown has allowed 63 hurries and 11 quarterback hits and based on the sacks that he has allowed, it’s easy to guess that several of those were also allowed to the outside.

Based on the amount of tape on Brown that I have watched since the trade took place on Wednesday, he is at best a very slight upgrade over Adams and that is the reason the Cardinals gave him up for next to nothing. If the Steelers do not plan on giving him help, Roethlisberger will certainly pay the price at least once or twice a game.

2013
WEEK OPP BEAT SACKER DWN DIST HELP
1 ARZ @ SL OUTSIDE R.Quinn 1 10 N
1 ARZ @ SL OUTSIDE R.Quinn 3 12 N
1 ARZ @ SL OUTSIDE R.Quinn 3 9 N
3 ARZ @ NO OUTSIDE J.Galette 1 10 N
2011
WEEK OPP BEAT SACKER DWN DIST HELP
1 CAR @ ARZ OUTSIDE C.Johnson 1 10 N
1 CAR @ ARZ OUTSIDE G.Hardy 2 20 N
4 NYG @ ARZ INSIDE D.Tollefson 2 15 N
4 NYG @ ARZ OUTSIDE O.Umenyiora 3 6 N
5 ARZ @ MIN OUTSIDE J.Allen 3 8 N
5 ARZ @ MIN OUTSIDE J.Allen 2 13 N
8 ARZ @ BLT OUTSIDE T.Suggs 3 G N
9 SL @ ARZ INSIDE J.Hall 2 7 N
10 ARZ @ PHI OUTSIDE T.Cole 1 10 Y
11 ARZ @ SF INSIDE A.Smith 1 10 Y
17 SEA @ ARZ OUT LB ST D.Hawthorne 2 10 N
2010
WEEK OPP BEAT SACKER DWN DIST HELP
2 ARZ @ ATL TE STUNT J.Babineaux 2 10 N
3 OAK @ ARZ OUTSIDE R.Seymour 3 9 N
4 ARZ @ SD OUTSIDE J.Tucker 3 6 N
4 ARZ @ SD INSIDE STUNT K.Burnett 1 10 N
8 TB @ ARZ OUTSIDE S.White 2 10 N
10 SEA @ ARZ OUTSIDE C.Clemons 1 10 N
10 SEA @ ARZ OUTSIDE C.Clemons 4 10 Y
15 ARZ @ CAR BULLRUSH C.Johnson 1 10 N
16 DAL @ ARZ OUTSIDE D.Ware 2 10 N
17 ARZ @ SF OUTSIDE J.Smith 1 15 N

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Whats the average for sacks allowed for LT’s??

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The sad part is… At this point I would be elated to have left tackle who only gave up .7 sacks per game.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The best left tackles usually allow about 4 or 5 sacks per year (or about .25 sacks per game). Those are your pro bowl types (Joe Thomas, Ryan Clady, Jordan Gross, etc)

    Levi Brown averages 9 sacks allowed per season.

    Adams gave up 3 last game.

  • sean mcmartin

    How do the ravens grab a real o-line player and Steelers get a pretendo?
    Colbert and Tomlin..a perfect pair..

  • dgh57

    I feel like we’re doing nothing but spinning our wheels here with this trade!

  • rizzo29

    It’s turning into dumb and dumber

  • Dom

    He had one year left on his contract. SALARY CAP, SALARY CAP, SALARY CAP

  • HarryBackside

    Levi Brown’s salary is $6M next year. The Steelers won’t be able to pay him next year either

  • RW

    They view him as a one-year stop gap to reduce the number of hits on our QB. Plus he’s significantly better in the run department than Adams when you compare them on the left side. If the Steelers want their franchise QB to play next year, then this seems more like a good move than a bad one. Plus they can get rid of Brown next year w/out significant penalties cap-wise.

  • HarryBackside

    Not disputing that. The conversation was regarding the Ravens landing Monroe, while the Steelers ended up with Brown. A comment was made that Monroe only has a year left on his contract. My point is that because of Brown’s salary next year, the Steelers probably won’t be willing to pay him $6M next year.

    In other words, the Steelers and Browns both ended up with players that will likely be around for this year only. The difference is that the Ravens landed the superior player.

  • RW

    An outstanding point that I hadn’t considered. I suspect that we didn’t want to part with the picks that the Jaguars were asking for, considering he’s just a rental. I also sort of doubt that Monroe would have come as cheaply for this one year as Brown did. In the end, it’s hard for me to know what the better route should have been. We may be targeting a LT in the draft should our season tank despite the Brown signing.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Well I guess that’s an improvement from Adams but is it really? Nope. Lets be clear, we don’t have a left tackle. Probably the most important and hardest position to fill on the line. Somebody in that front office needs a swift kick in the pants. Well, we want to run the ball so with no left tackle guess we have no choice.

  • joed32

    Exactly, Monroe’s price was a 4 and a 5 and he’s not all that great either.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Yes but Brown is a multi year starter and LT, and Adams has had 4 career starts at LT. Who has more room to grow and improve?

  • WilliamSekinger

    Unless Brown has an instant turnaround and plays like a monster for the rest of the season, it’s hard to see any benefit to taking snaps away from Adams.

    Adams has 4 starts at LT while Brown is a multi year starter. Who of those two has the greater potential for growth and improvement? Yes, Adams. But he can’t grow or improve if he is sitting behind Brown all year.

  • r4kolb

    It’s all about the cap hit bud. Couldn’t afford Monroe.

  • r4kolb

    I think everyone is missing the point. They got this guy on the cheap. He will be an upgrade compared to Adams (I think). Plus maybe a change of scenery is what he needed. Only time will tell whether or not it was a good trade.

  • r4kolb

    I think they are trying to stay in the playoff race in our weak division. Also I think they are trying to keep Ben from getting KILLED!!

  • Bob Graff

    This just isn’t Adams this line is getting pushed around. The question is will Adams ever become a quality tackle? There are obvious short comings in the Steelers personnel dept. Drafting , evaluating talent, and now making trades. They throw this young line in there all at once hoping they would have a quality line for years to come[the core of every great football team]. Now the most important questions need to answered this year. Will any of these guys reach their potential? And if so who are they and how long will it take? Then who needs to be let go to make room for someone who will work out? Do the Steelers have the answers? Working through this as Tomlin says really isn’t a good option because another one of there weaknesses is coaching and i’m pretty sure they ain’t coaching there way out of this one any time soon.

  • dgh57

    No, I’m not missing the point since I know he came to us cheap and I agree with giving him a tryout. My problems is the articles and comments that make it appear we haven’t gotten anywhere with this trade. I can only hope for the best going forward!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Monroe might not be an elite but I assure you neither are the draft propects in this draft class. In matter of fact I did some research and found some interesting information- a player like Saffold would would be best FA sign for us. The Rams moved him to right but what’s their real problem? Lack of inside protection. Bradford is a statue when it come to blitz, doesn’t move around and to think about Rams’ weapons, it all makes sense.

    Saffold fell in the category that I’m looking for- a Marvel Smith clone. Not too tall nor short but right around 6’4-6″5″ that has long arms but come with pretty good techniques. there is a reason why our O-linemen is making Kelvin Beachem looking good- Beachem has the worst arms strength that I have ever seen in an O-lineman but his hands usage and foot plant is amazing enough for him to hold his ground.

    Let’s find us a great technican, Ilkin would want us to.

  • HarryBackside

    Monroe cost the same as Brown. JAX did the same thing as AZ, and restructured Monroe’s contract so that he would only cost Baltimore the veteran minimum.

    I doubt the Ravens were the only team that made an offer for Monroe. It’s possible that the Steelers were interested, but weren’t willing to give up as much as the Ravens.

  • HarryBackside

    What? They both cost the same. Jacksonville did the same thing with Monroe as AZ did with Brown. Both players restructured their 2013 salary, and their former teams are eating the guaranteed portion. The only cost to their new teams is the veteran minimum.

  • r4kolb

    And multiple 3rd day draft picks.

  • r4kolb

    Although after watching the gifs of Brown I’m starting to wonder did we get Adams 2.0?

  • r4kolb

    Don’t forget it’s a bye week and we have nothing better to do…….

  • HarryBackside

    What does that have to do with Monroe’s cap hit?

    The Ravens gave up a 4th and 5th round pick for one the better LT’s in the league.

  • Samuel

    Steelers are a 3-13 team. I hope this record will be good enough (bad enough) to allow them to draft Jake Matthews OT from Texas A&M, far and away best LT in college football who will not get beaten by speed rushers!

  • Moneypenny76

    The benefit is that Ben might actually be alive at the end of the season. Adams was a health hazard. Let him fix his technique, get his head on straight, master the playbook, and spend some time in the gym getting stronger…then give him another chance…but only if he can win the job in training camp. Nothing should be handed to him.

    Frankly, it is more important to keep your franchise QB healthy than it is to give a likely draft bust, or at least underachieving, tackle practice reps.

  • Riverstko

    Start Brown at LT and use Beachum inside line believe me we will need him….soon

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