Charles Brown has come a long way since Sean Payton said that the left tackle position “gave him nightmares” and “kept him up all night.” Now Brown will be the starting left tackle for the New Orleans Saints, and the team is confident going forward with Brown protecting Drew Brees’ blindside.
Brown has clearly gained Payton’s trust, and the head coach even said that Brown is the clear favorite and has been really consistent throughout the offseason. Brown emerged as the favorite for the left tackle position after he beat out former no. 2 overall pick Jason Smith and talented rookie Terron Armstead.
With Brown slated to start at left tackle, the Saints’ offensive line is solidified; despite losing Jermon Bushrod and Carl Nicks in free agency over the past two seasons, the Saints should still boast one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. In order to keep the job, Brown will need to prove that he can stay healthy enough to start every game of the regular season. Brown’s health has always been an issue as he has suffered some injuries throughout his career so far.
If Brown should go down with another injury, the rookie Armstead will probably get the first crack at starting at left tackle. Armstead outperformed Smith during training camp to earn the backup left tackle position, and he provides some good depth behind Brown on the offensive line.
The Saints’ offensive line is now intact, so the team should once again have one of the best offenses in the NFL next season. Hopefully Brown can stay healthy and be a long-term solution at left tackle for the Saints.