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ESPN analyst: Arizona Cardinals' Levi Brown is not 'fixable' right now

Arizona Cardinals tackle Levi Brown (75) walks off the field during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Levi Brown had a rough game against the St. Louis Rams last week.

And that's putting it nicely.

Brown surrendered three sacks to Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, two of which resulted in Carson Palmer fumbles.

"It seemed whenever there was a critical play in the game, it was Levi getting beat," ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Thursday. "I think some of the onus to correct those things, obviously, Bruce Arians has to address it."

Jaworski said the coaching staff needs to understand that Brown will need help, meaning the team will have to keep a tight end or running back in to help block.

Doing that, though, forces Arians to adjust his game plan, limiting what the offense could attempt.

The question is not if Brown was bad, but whether or not the 29-year-old, former first round pick will get better. Having missed all of last season due to an injury, it's possible some rust needs to be shaken off.

However, Jaworski doesn't believe better days are on the way.

"I don't think it's fixable right now, I really don't," he said. "I don't know how you make a person's feet get quicker at this point in their career."

Jaworski noticed other issues in Brown's performance, and wonders how someone who is receiving as much coaching as the left tackle must be could have so many issues.

Yet, unless something drastic happens, Jaworski believes having Brown at left tackle will lead to bad things for Arizona.

"When you become a turnstyle and everyone is looking at that tape right now, saying, 'Man, I can't wait until we play the Arizona Cardinals,'" he said. "Guys are salivating to get to that side on the defensive end position or the linebacker position because they know they're going to make All-Pro in these few games."

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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