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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
WEEKOPPBEATSACKERDWNDISTHELP
1ARZ @ SLOUTSIDER.Quinn110N
1ARZ @ SLOUTSIDER.Quinn312N
1ARZ @ SLOUTSIDER.Quinn39N
3ARZ @ NOOUTSIDEJ.Galette110N
2011
WEEKOPPBEATSACKERDWNDISTHELP
1CAR @ ARZOUTSIDEC.Johnson110N
1CAR @ ARZOUTSIDEG.Hardy220N
4NYG @ ARZINSIDED.Tollefson215N
4NYG @ ARZOUTSIDEO.Umenyiora36N
5ARZ @ MINOUTSIDEJ.Allen38N
5ARZ @ MINOUTSIDEJ.Allen213N
8ARZ @ BLTOUTSIDET.Suggs3GN
9SL @ ARZINSIDEJ.Hall27N
10ARZ @ PHIOUTSIDET.Cole110Y
11ARZ @ SFINSIDEA.Smith110Y
17SEA @ ARZOUT LB STD.Hawthorne210N
2010
WEEKOPPBEATSACKERDWNDISTHELP
2ARZ @ ATLTE STUNTJ.Babineaux210N
3OAK @ ARZOUTSIDER.Seymour39N
4ARZ @ SDOUTSIDEJ.Tucker36N
4ARZ @ SDINSIDE STUNTK.Burnett110N
8TB @ ARZOUTSIDES.White210N
10SEA @ ARZOUTSIDEC.Clemons110N
10SEA @ ARZOUTSIDEC.Clemons410Y
15ARZ @ CARBULLRUSHC.Johnson110N
16DAL @ ARZOUTSIDED.Ware210N
17ARZ @ SFOUTSIDEJ.Smith115N
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