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Tomlin Excited About Acquiring Brown; Says Left Tackle Plays Has Been Below The Line


The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently trying to finalize a trade with the Arizona Cardinals that will land them left tackle Levi Brown, who was a former first-round draft pick in 2007. The need for Brown is an obvious one as second-year offensive lineman Mike Adams hasn’t played well at all to start the season.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked to comment on the play at left tackle so far this season following Wednesday’s bye week practice.

“We’ve gotten below the line work and that’s the reality of it,” Tomlin said. “It needs to be above the line and we’ll turn over any stones in order for that to happen.”

With Brown still not officially in the fold, Tomlin was still asked to speculate on what his addition to the team might mean and how he will be used moving forward.

“We’re going to wait and see,” said Tomlin. “Obviously, his ability to take in and learn information is going to be an element of it. Also, obviously, the deal isn’t finalized yet. I understand he’s on the street, he’s in transit on his way here. I reserve all comments until it’s appropriate. Obviously, excited about potentially acquiring a veteran offensive lineman.”

Due to the team now being off for the next several days, Brown will not be able to practice until Monday.

As for Adams, he knows Brown is on the way and understands why the move was made.

“It’s a business,” Adams said, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If we’re not getting the job done, they have to do what they have to do. I’ll just continue to try to get better and keep competing.”

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  • TJimmy

    Pro Football Focus ranked Levi Brown the worst Tackle in the league in 2010 (-31.2) and had a -15.5 pass blocking efficiency in 2011.

    Sorry if I don’t share in the excitement.

  • Slab

    how about this year? what is Adams number? (I think you have to be a paid subscriber to get that info, which is why I ask)

  • CrazyTerry

    Steelers spending 3.6M on this loser is idiotic and is just killing their cap further. 2.5M for Foote, 2.5M for Snaders, 1M plus for Whimper, and now 3.6M for Whimper . All thsse expenses add up. Colbert and Khan have no clue how to manage the cap smartly these days. I dont know how they were so good in the earkly 200s because they are so dumb with cap management these days

  • Fritz Baughman

    So, aside from turning stones – what exactly does Tomlin do again?

  • steeltown

    Steelers continuing to play games with their current OL is idiotic

    Foote makes around $1.8MIL a season and you cant ever forecast injuries, also $3.6MIL for Whimper???

  • Dan

    As mentioned in another post this does seem like a panic move. But given Adams’ play it is certainly a panic-worthy situation.
    Hoping for the best….and that we don’t turn into the Cardinals-East.

  • Bilgewater D

    Imitate Herm Edwards

  • T R

    obviously you replying to someone who doesnt know what they are talking about, can’t spell and a few more things.. why way into what they saying… I think the gamble on Brown is well worth the money if it protects Ben any more… Not Everyone is releasing top teir OL these days.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Adams ranks in line with all the 1st round tackles taken in the draft this year.

  • T R

    He head coach the team best he can. He is not the GM, Owner or have crystal ball to predict? And what do you do for a living? Got Steelers to 2 super bowls and has a one of the best winning records as a coach.

  • gevins

    Nothing else maybe this will put a bur under the skin of Adams and make him take things more seriously and become a player.

  • T R

    Funny how some of you think Good OL / Left Tackles grow on trees and you are not taking chances on anyone you bring into your organization.. I wish some of you crystal ball coaches tell us whats going to happen a lot sooner…

  • WilliamSekinger

    Agreed. Adams need competition, and reps to get better. He’s had 4 starts at LT. Funny how everyone want to vilify him for not being able to block Jared Allen and Peppers the last two games.

  • Mkeller

    I guess Arizona believes they grow on trees?

  • Mkeller

    Not after this year.

  • T R

    Everyone is getting on Brown for the sacks and hurries he gave up this year… Must remember he was protecting Calson Palmer. Palmer has always been criticize as having terrible pocket awareness when he was at the Bengals. So maybe Brown can protect Ben just enough for Ben to be Ben.. Theirs a Big difference.. Adams was a turnstyle and was letting to much pressue on Ben. I just think this will work out.

  • steeltown

    Indeed.. Adams is still in the thick of his rookie contract and now he will sit and learn and hopefully it’ll not only make him a better player but hopefully a hungrier player. Also, I think he needs to hit the weights for another year

  • Bilgewater D

    Hey, he’s the coach, the leader. He gets the blame and the praise when things go bad on the field.

    He’s eerily similar to Herm Edwards in his coaching style and cliches. He’s not a good game coach.

    What I do for a living is irrelevant and has no bearing on what kind of coach Tomlin is.

  • Mkeller

    It’s worth it for a 7th round pick and if it doesn’t cause them to restructure another players contract. If they restructure Ike or Troy I’ll know they have officially lost they’re grip on reality. If he was playing at even an average level he’d still be in Arizona. Arians is not an idiot.

  • Mike Carroll

    Hope you are right. Brown does not need to be great. Just good enough.

  • steeltown

    I wouldn’t have a problem with them restructuring Troy at this point, he’s just turned 32yrs old

    Regardless they have to restructure someone..or give someone an extension to do this deal.. I guess we’ll see

  • r4kolb

    Funny you say that. As I’m reading Adams statement I’m thinking if it were me I’d be showing a little more pissed off attitude. Like…” I will do everything I can to keep or get back my starting position and prove to them I’m capable”. I think that’s part of his problem, no mean streak. He’s a pussy. If I were in his shoes last Sunday and Jared Allen was embarrassing me like he did Adams, I’d have been kicking, punchin, spittin, street fighting him. Adams is a big ball of jello. If he were here in my house I’d tell him to his face the big pussy!!! LOL. He’d probably just ask to hit the hooka pipe and for a cupcake. Big pussy.

  • steeltown

    Arians himself called Levi an elite player just last year, but they probably have a better and far cheaper option now(maybe Bobby Massie) we obviously do not

  • Mkeller

    You don’t restructure 32 year old men with a recent injury history. He is part of a defense that hasn’t had a turn over in 4 games. He’s part of the problem. You can’t pay safeties 7-10 mil a yr when the cap is only 125. He’s grossly overpaid and the organization is too reliant on overpaid overvalued players. They need to cut the cord and get their cap house in order. It’s becoming ridiculous. They are 0-4 because of the players. Period. It’s over for the 08’ers. It’s not personal. There’s no room for sentimentality in the NFL. Unless you want to be the raiders.

  • Mkeller

    Teams don’t trade elite tackles in season. You took his bait and so did that genius Colbert.

  • Mkeller

    Like I said….if it doesn’t require a player restructure I’m all for it. Clearly Adams is in over his head.

  • steeltown

    So you want Golden and Shark to start next year?
    I think they can get him to take a paycut and the also restructure, maybe

  • steeltown

    His bait? Please my friend, you honestly think Colbert traded for Levi because Arians at one point a year or two ago called him a good player??? That’s the reason? You think they haven’t done their due diligence and that they are going purely on word of mouth from years past…..

  • CrazyTerry

    Let’s see. Some of us predicted Whimper would be a bad signing from day 1 . Sometimes, you do not need to be one to show some common sense and make a better judgement call on a player than a GM.

  • CrazyTerry

    Arians also said Colon was the best tackle in the NFL when he played him over Starks. Now Colon is nowhere as bad as Brown, but I would not take everything Arians says to be the bible. This is the same guy who released hoyer and traded for Palmer, At least the Steelers had the excuse that they had Ben when they made the same blunder

  • CrazyTerry

    Monroe is not great but is toptier compared to Brown.

  • Patrick J Brophy

    Herm Edwards never went to a Super Bowl. Herm is sitting on ESPN shouting and having fun. I guarantee if Tomlin was fired he would be the #1 prospect for any team with a need at head coach. They are not similar in any way.

  • Mkeller

    Yes I do want that. They have to move on eventually. They used 2 draft picks on Thomas. You’re god damn right I want him playing. I want him playing over Clark now. It’s a lost season…lets get him his experience. Look at the players under contract next year. This is not a 1 bad year then back to the top situation. Next years turnover will blow your mind. Oh never mind. Colbert can’t let go the past so I’m sure he’ll double down on this mess. Wait, wait…he has to double down because of all the god awful restructures. Ugh.

  • steeltown

    You guys think players are the same wherever they go, its silly, different players with different coaches in different systems with different play calling and different schemes usually brings different results

  • steeltown

    Well I’ll agree Thomas should be replacing Clark (next season) but, im not sure we have two starting Safeties behind Troy and Clark, not yet

  • Fritz Baughman

    Interesting, because the large majority of the players on those two SB teams were the pedigree of one William Laird Cowher. Hmm.

    Oh, and what does my profession have anything to do with….anything? If I were a heart surgeon, would you still ask that question?

  • Patrick J Brophy

    I remember a big old slow overrated tackle getting us to the super bowl. Flozell.
    I am hopeful.

  • Fritz Baughman

    He’s an NFL offensive lineman. He could at least TRY to block Jared Allen and Mr. Peppers.

  • WilliamSekinger

    and how many rookie LTs have ever been successful trying to block those two?

  • Fritz Baughman

    Flozell was never overrated. He was a damn good OL for a long time in this league. He was just old.

  • Mkeller

    I don’t know what they did in evaluation. I’m simply saying that if the guy had much gas in the tank there would have been a line around the corner for him. Offers would have been high. I have no problem saying that the tandem of Colbert/Tomlin are riding this franchise into the gutter. It’s a fact. Look at the team. It took them 4 games into a lost season to realize they didn’t have a left tackle on the roster. That’s piss f’ing poor. Bye, bye Kevin.

  • Mike.H

    What Tomlin said above —

    No Shat! I Agreeth…hunnerd percent!

  • Mike.H

    Flozell — aka REFRIGERATOR WITH LEGS!

  • Mkeller

    Yes. He will be a hall of famer. One thing Tomlin and his coach’s are good at is developing o-line talent. You’re silly. Put your Pom poms down and open your eyes.

  • steeltown

    I wont argue that they did a poor job of assembling the Team this year (or atleast the OL) but I think TRYING to bring in someone to better the Team or help in any regard is a positive

  • CrazyTerry

    I think Charlie Batch showed in the Ravens game with his command of the same huddle that Ben was no master of pocket awareness either. Levi Brown will be a disaster. All those hits have slowed Ben’s reactions down a tad. In the past, he wasn’t a fumbling machine like he is now.

  • Fritz Baughman

    Ben being Ben is when he’s running for his life. Not exactly a revelation.

  • TJimmy

    Levi isn’t much better this year. Well below the line. Looks to me like another Guy Whimper acquisition, only this time a salary cap hit.

    This year, Adams is ranked 3rd worst in the league, and Levi is 13th worst. Wee.. what an upgrade!

  • CrazyTerry

    Define “good enough”

  • Mkeller

    Adams isn’t a rookie. He’s a 2nd year 2nd round bust. Colberts drafted one player worth a damn in the 2nd round in his career. Woodley. Bye, bye Kevin.

  • steeltown

    Who said anything about HOF.. all im saying is players can excel in areas where they once may have struggled.. using different systems, coaches, schemes whatever

    My eyes are open, to opportunity, to change

  • Fritz Baughman

    Meaning, when he watches the opposing DE blow past him to smash Ben, he will at least extend the courtesy of pretending to block. That would be opposed to Adams, who just stands there and watches the DE blow past entirely.

  • CrazyTerry

    When they signed Velasco , I for one went on record as loving tha tmove and pretty much said after he showed up for that first game that we wouldn’t miss Pouncey that much. I also called out our defense in advance of the Vikings game as being the one to watch for a downward fall and praised our offense as improving with the exception of LT after the Chciago game. I think Detroit’s D made it obivous how mediocre our D really was in the chicago game by making Chicago turn that ball over multiple times. I also said Colbert was an idiot for signing whimper and predicted he would be worse than J Scott/ The fact that the coaches didnt even put him in the game lsat week after Adams was bombing out there shows tha tthey made the wrong move. We are not qualified to be GMs, but yes, this year, fans like me who shared the same views have beeen better judges of the moves made.

  • Mike.H

    With this trade, we now have multiple Browns, Williams and Jones. Keep up with the Jones. O_^

    [ no, it's not a Korean alphabet above, nosiree.]

  • Mkeller

    You’re hoping for the best. So am I. I just haven’t seen Tomlins crew develop o-line talent. It’s not going to be enough to right the ship. They are in big trouble and seem to have no plan to fix it.

  • CrazyTerry

    Wrong analogy. Flozell was on the tail end of his career. But he was never rated as badly as Levi Brown.

  • CrazyTerry

    To be fair, if it were upto Cowher, Ben wouldnt be a Steeler. We wold have had Shawn Andrews who had a decent year or two at OL but he was out of football soon after. Without Ben, Cowher never wins a SB.

  • Mkeller

    As long as it doesn’t require more cap “magic”. I agree. NO MORE RESTRUCTURES! Trust me…it’s killing the franchise.

  • CrazyTerry

    You ever wonder if Arians said that because it would be stupid to bash your player as a bust after AZ foolishly signed this loser to a rich extension? Maybe Arians was biulding his value to trade him later?

  • Mkeller

    I’ve never once heard such a thing. It was Ben or Rivers all the way. I believe the rumor was Bill liked Rivers better.

  • CrazyTerry

    And Bicknell somehow will coach him up???? Pouncey,(in preseason), Adams, Foster have regressed under Bicknell. our best OL player is somehow they got off the street who didnt have to go through Bicknell’s training camp.

  • Mkeller

    Exactly.

  • CrazyTerry

    So why did they even waste a second oin Whimper? If Colbert is so all knowing, why did they stupidly sign J Scott to a 2M plus contract per year at one time? Just look at their moves on the OL.. Many mistakes/

  • Fritz Baughman

    …and how many LT’s were so bad, they were replaced five games into the season by means of trade? Oh, and the guy they traded for also also happens to be one of the worst LT’s in football? Let’s put that into perspective; Adams was so bad, the Steelers went digging into another teams dumpster to replace him.

    I’ll give you a minute to think about that.

  • CrazyTerry

    There were multiple reports about Rooney prevailing on the team to take Ben. Cowher wanted Rivers. once Rivers was gone, Cowher leaned towards Shawn. no one said Cowher didnt want Ben at all. But he preferred to take Shawn.

  • Mkeller

    Dead on. Pouncey has regressed every year since he’s been in the league. That’s if you buy into PFF rankings.

  • Fritz Baughman

    I agree with this. He doesn’t seem to have a mean streak. Well, unless someone is knifing him in the stomach.

  • Dan Faith

    Class act by Adams to say he will work harder to get better….. Go Steelers!

  • greeny

    Should have won more with the talent he inherited

  • Bilgewater D

    Herm got two coaching gigs too. Herm never had the players that Tomlin did.

  • Sabbie

    Everybody jump off a bridge. Now! The line needs to improve and it is not our money they are spending. Pro football focus is hardly my source for information. I will take the eye test approach once he plays at least a few downs.

  • Eric

    Antonio, Curtis, Jarvis………haven’t we got our fill of Brown’s thu far.

  • T R

    Talent starting getting hurt.. Harrison, Ben. Polamalu, Pouncey didnt play doing super bowl that Steelers lost..

  • greeny

    I give you that but we had depth at that time. Something we do not have anymore due to the refusal to develop guys and/or horrible drafts.

  • greeny

    Have you seen the tape? There wasn’t any effort to block. The only time he made contact with someone is when he decided to block Beachum in the back and let Allen run at Ben untouched. He actually turns to the right to block Beachum. You might as well put me out there at LT. The lack of effort comments made by Tomlin are geared at Adams. At least Gilbert gives effort. The rest of the players give max. effort, it’s just that they are not very good. We have to realize we stink and it will not get better this year.

  • Kris Gusto Williams

    Cowher should of won more with the talent he had

  • Richard Edlin

    I they can, I’d like the paycut and restructure – if not, then move on. Given that Clark shouldn’t play next year (and probably less in this), I think the question is how to introduce Thomas.

  • Richard Edlin

    The ‘talent’ cost … and the coach only has a limited role in player recruitment & retention.

  • Richard Edlin

    Yes, but you can either play the ‘talent’ OR develop guys. You seem to want Tomlin to do both … and that’s both impossible and unfair.

  • Richard Edlin

    Cowher had the opportunity although really how much more? In a competitive division you can’t expect 12-4 seasons every year). The expensive nucleus and patterns of overspending were already in play then; if you’re going to owe the piper, you need to win before he needs paying. Tomlin’s roster was always going to deteriorate, and the refusal to allow this to happen has meant that the ‘crash’ was bigger than it needed to be.

  • Richard Edlin

    Ben needs to be a better Ben … his pocket awareness hasn’t been great this year.

  • Guest

    You forgot Justin?

  • Rubem Dornas

    Jarvis Brown? Who is this?

  • PA2AK

    An apparent upgrade nonetheless.

  • walter mason

    ha ha

  • walter mason

    Im not bashing Tomlin but he had little to do with building a SB team. The Steelers reached 2 SBs depite very poor drafting that brings us to todays problems. Many young players seem to be regressing.

  • walter mason

    Talent wasnt replaced.

  • T R

    Because money was gone.

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