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Analyzing the Duane Brown situation

Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:16 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Duane Brown has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. The good thing about being an offensive lineman and getting busted for performance enhancers is that you’re an offensive lineman, so few people care. (Look at how much hoopla there was when Brown’s teammate, Brian Cushing, got busted. Granted, Cushing’s case was unique because he had the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. But Brown is a first-round drafted left tackle, which makes him hardly irrelevant).

The bad thing is, because you’re an offensive lineman, now those who do know who you are know you as the guy who got busted for performance enhancers. In Brown’s case, it’s a shame, because we’re talking about a young player who has shown marked improvement in his first three seasons as a pro. (Of course, now we might know why.)

Brown polished and quickened his footwork in pass protection last season. He still struggled with the bull-rush and lacked an idea assertive punch on contact, but overall, the Texans had plenty of reasons to like what they had in him.

Rashad Butler will replace Brown. Butler was a disappointment as a third-round pick in Carolina. If Butler struggles, what are Houston’s other options? Because sixth-round rookie Shelley Smith is untested, the Texans may want to move guard Wade Smith to left tackle. Smith has played on the outside before, and the Texans could feel comfortable replacing him inside with Kasey Studdard.

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