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Updated Dec 13, 2013 - 10:53 am

Carson Palmer needs a left tackle for Christmas, ESPN's Jaworski says

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws under pressure from St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) and William Hayes (95) as teammate Bradley Sowell (79) blocks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line has improved in recent weeks, but many would still consider it the team's weakest unit on either side of the ball.

The shakiest position on the line has been left tackle. Levi Brown began the season as the starter, but his performance left much to be desired and he was dealt after four games. His departure thrust the imposing, but inexperienced, Bradley Sowell into the starting unit.

In an ESPN Insider article, football analyst Ron Jaworski takes a look at what each quarterback in the NFL is desperately missing on offense.

As I look around the league heading into Week 15, I see some very talented, established quarterbacks who could use some help from those around them. Well, 'tis the season for giving, so Santa Jaws is going to suggest the best present each of these quarterbacks could wish for this offseason.

Jaworski's "holiday gift" to the Cardinals -- and to Carson Palmer, specifically -- is a left tackle. He says the position has been troublesome for the Cardinals "for years."

The ESPN writer says Sowell is "doing a decent job," but that the team has committed a lot of resources to helping him out, often deploying tight ends or running backs as reinforcements on passing plays.

When you need to commit another player to help out, that limits the offense. And protection is especially important for Palmer, who likes to get to the launch point and stay there because he doesn't move that well.

The Cardinals obviously won't have a savior step in at the position before the season ends, but if they commit to Palmer going forward, they might want to focus on strengthening their pass protection in the offseason.

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School: ASU

Started with Bonneville Phoenix: June 2013

Moved to Arizona: Summer of '93 -- right after Suns' run to the Finals

Favorite sports memory: Staying up late to watch Jake Plummer and ASU shut out top-ranked Nebraska in '96

Favorite all-time athletes: Ben Wallace, Wayman Tisdale, Pat Tillman

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams, White Men Can't Jump, Happy Gilmore


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