New Steelers tackle Levi Brown isn’t sure Todd Haley has his back
When the Cardinals jettisoned Levi Brown to the Steelers last week, the veteran offensive tackle found himself working under a coach who hasn’t been his biggest fan.
If Brown, the fifth overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, is to give the Steelers some much needed offensive line help, he’ll have to do it under the watch of offensive coordinator Todd Haley — his former Cardinals coordinator.
According to Brown, the two weren’t fans of each other in Arizona, and the newest Steeler isn’t sure Haley has his back in Pittsburgh.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“Well, you know, Todd is an interesting fella. Let’s just leave it at that,” Brown said. “Me and Todd — I mean, everybody has their arguments. I’m not sure he’s like necessarily in my corner, but, at this point, I’m here, so, obviously, he liked that fight in me, so I appreciate it.”
If Haley wasn’t satisfied with Brown’s play in Arizona, he wasn’t alone. One year after former Cardinals general manager Rod Graves signed Brown to a new five-year contract worth $30 million, including $12 million guaranteed, new GM Steve Keim explained why the team no longer wanted him.
“I don’t think it comes as any surprise that Levi Brown was not living up to our expectations on the field,” new Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “At the end of the day, we just felt like it was in the organization’s best decision and best interests to move on from Levi.”
Despite his concerns about Haley, Brown said Monday he was happy to be in Pittsburgh with a team that wants him.
“I’m definitely glad to come out here and get a fresh start,” the 6-foot-6, 324-pound Brown said Monday after his first practice. “I welcome the change of scenery, (but) I’ve been here before. Pennsylvania is not new to me, but it’s definitely a change of atmosphere, as far as the team is concerned. So, I’m excited and ready to go out here and help turn this thing around.’