Haley probably vouched for Levi Brown. Wasn't Brown there when Haley was?
I'm down with this pickup. He was a good tackle 2 years ago before he got hurt. And 3 of the 4 sacks he gave up came in week 1. Maybe he can get his groove back. He does look a little slow in pass pro but so did Max and he was fine for us. It's like a free tryout. Hoping for the best.
I think it is important to keep an open mind. Sure his stats were not great this year and last year. First off we know Ariens QB's do hold the ball cause they run alot of down field routes. Also they were such a mess last year with there QB situation I am pretty sure teams were teeing off on there oline. Now he may not be playing well or past his prime. But for what were paying him and the upside it was well worth it. If anything it provides depth. Hate to say it but if there is an injury I feel better with Adams coming on the field than Whimpler.
Here's my optimistic outlook:
Brown serves as a mediocre LT this year, but brings a slight improvement in pass pro and a good improvement in the run game. Shows some signs of life. The offense gets a little better and Ben stays a little healthier.
Next year, the team redoes Brown's deal to make it it more acceptable. Draft a quality LT in round 1 (Matthews, Lewan, or Richardson from UT if we go 8-8 or better somehow), slide Brown to LG where his power is utilized and his weaknesses are mitigated (no assurance this will work, but this is the optimistic view). Foster moves back into a back-up role and along with Beachum makes a great pair of back-up lineman. Draft a C/G in the mid rounds as a back-up and insurance in case Pouncey walks in FA after 2014.
Starting line in 2014 is Rookie LT-Brown-Pouncey-DD-Adams/Foster. That looks pretty nice.
As to Brown... According to one rating, he is rated 60th out of 72 tackles. Adams is 69th (I shudder to think who is rated worse). I HOPE that rating will improve, coming to a place (PIT) where we theoretically get the ball out quicker (than Arians' scheme in AZ). That is the thing I hate most about Adams: He wouldn't even lay a glove on his defender, wouldn't slow his guy down one step!
With Brown (or Beachum, if he is to be the starter), all I hope for is they can slow their guy down enough, to give more plays a chance. Because this offense shows some darn good potential (what with Heath, Le'veon, AB and others).