2012 Arizona Cardinals Preview: Three Early Training Camp Concerns
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With an 0-2 start for the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason, there's plenty of blame and criticism to hand out. While it's still early and there's certainly no reason for any kind of alarm, here's three players I have singled out as thus far having struggled the most in preseason.
As the fifth overall pick in 2007, it goes without saying that Levi Brown has been a disappointment for the Arizona Cardinals. While his run blocking can be labeled as solid, he continues to struggle in the area of pass protection.
In the second half of last season, it appeared as though Brown was making strides in that area. Still, the Cards chose to release Brown this offseason, allowing him to test his value in the free agent market. This experiment lasted a mere few days as he was resigned on March 16th.
My observation: Brown needs to do a better job of finishing off his blocks. I still think he can be a solid left tackle in this league; stability at the quarterback position certainly wouldn't hurt either.
Either the Cards first team defense has been way over-hyped this offseason or they're simply not interested so far; I tend to think the latter. While they seem to be in position (minus the touchdown pass to Peyton Hillis on Friday), poor tackling has led to first team offenses scoring at will in the first two games.
This tells me it's more of an effort problem rather than the defense being overrated. While I'm sure this doesn't sit well with Ken Whisenhunt and Ray Horton, I'm willing to give a bit of a pass on this, for now. This certainly better not be the case come September, or it's going to be a long season.
It's getting increasingly difficult to defend Kevin Kolb. His first pass of 2012 was an ill-advised floater that was easily intercepted. On the other hand, Kolb's made passes that show a glimmer of hope that he can be a productive quarterback in this league.
Whether it was the back shoulder throws he made Friday night, or the completion out of the end zone against New Orleans, Kolb continues to play at a level that, while you can't count him out of the competition to be the starter, you certainly can't make more of a case that he should get the job over John Skelton either.
Interestingly enough, Kurt Warner recently said on XTRA910 in Phoenix that Kolb seems to be second guessing himself during plays. Warner pointed out that Kolb is “looking in the right places”, but basically seems to lack the confidence to pull the trigger.
While Kolb does have a couple more preseason games to make his case, one has to wonder, if what Warner said was true, if the rest of the offense senses the lack of confidence as well.
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