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Bruce Arians: Left tackle isn’t our most glaring need

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When looking at the Cardinals’ needs heading into the offseason, many people place left tackle right at the top of the list.

Bradley Sowell finished the year with a strong stretch of play as he allowed no sacks in the final four games. He allowed seven sacks up to that point and graded out at the bottom of the list of the league’s left tackles according to Pro Football Focus, but that’s not leaving coach Bruce Arians feeling desperate for a new option at the position. While he said it is a spot the team will look into upgrading, Arians said it isn’t the first place they’re looking to improve.

“Bradley played OK, and he’s going to get better with another year of strength and conditioning,” Arians said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. “It’s not the most glaring need.”

Arians didn’t identify the most glaring need on the roster, but the offensive line in general has to be near the top of the list. With 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper returning from a broken leg and right tackle Eric Winston heading for free agency, the Cardinals won’t lack for options about how to address those needs.

As for left tackle in particular, the Cardinals aren’t likely to just leave things as they are. If it isn’t a run at a free agent like Branden Albert, it could be a draft choice that would, at the very least, push Sowell in a competition this offseason as they try to go from 10 wins in 2013 to a playoff spot in 2014.

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4 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Left tackle isn’t our most glaring need”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 2, 2014 11:46 AM

    That’s right, Bruce. You need a QB.

  2. bigsmarty says: Feb 2, 2014 12:17 PM

    Most glaring need is Strong Safety. Then LT. Then OLB. Then Corner #2. Then QB.

  3. gvanparys says: Feb 2, 2014 2:15 PM

    Any left tackle that gives up zero sack in the last four games of the season, when those games include opponents like the rams, Seahawks and 49ers, may not be as bad as everyone thinks…

  4. cardsfann1 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:54 PM

    Sowell did not play as bad as Powers did. Sowell got better as the year went on. Powers didn’t… I think a corner that can play opposite Peterson is a bigger need. A pass rusher too. Really can’t expect Abraham to repeat last year. He is a year older. Possibly spend big bucks on Albert at tackle. Not a lot of cap room even if Fitz restructures his deal and they cut College(which they should)….

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