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Redskins-Texans matchups: Jammal Brown vs. Mario Williams

Jammal Brown will have this week's rush monster, a big fella named Mario Williams.

Some would dare to compare Mario Williams to DeMarcus Ware, and when I broke down film on him I see why. Williams is built similarly to Ware, but he is thicker and bigger.

They also share the same type of pass rush skill sets. Both have good speed with their upfield rushes, and generally sell the tackle on their speed early in the game, before opening up their pass rushing tool box.

As they get going, these guys mix in an assortment of different approaches. Williams is a true defensive end, so unlike Ware, who is a 3-4 linebacker, he will be rushing from a true three-point stance, which means he will have his hand in the dirt.

The Texans move Williams around a lot, so I also expect him to spend time going against the Redskins left tackle, rookie Trent Williams, who did a good job on Ware last week. But the matchup against Brown is probably a little more favorable for Houston, so I'm betting they'll pit him against the Redskins right tackle often.

I anticipate this being a game in which Brown will have to show early that he can neutralize Williams's speed rush. Williams will be testing Brown's health to see if his agility is intact. He also wil test Brown's balance and strength, by pressuring him with bull rushes.

If Brown is a pro bowl vet in this league, I look for him to have a few tricks up his sleeve to even up the odds. Brown did very well last week, giving up no sacks from his right tackle position to the Cowboys Anthony Spencer. Spencer is very talented but he's no Mario Williams.

So even though Brown was tested Sunday night, this will be a bit more of a challenge.

I look for Brown to make it an ugly game, making contact and then holding and grabbing Williams. He will try to play mind games by talking and getting physical with Williams even if the play has gone the other way.

In this matchup I give Williams the slightest of edges, but won't be surprised if Brown gets the better of him.

By LaVar Arrington  |  September 16, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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LA, you ain't getting enough credit!

Your material is a breath of fresh air for Skins coverage at WaPo. Thoughtful, insightful, and presented without the drama or axes of your RI colleagues.

Please keep it coming!

Posted by: RiverRat56 | September 16, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

LaVar- Your column is the best of the bunch at WaPo. You talk about actual football and stay away from the other BS,(e.g. Portis with the media and anything to do with #92).

Keep it up man.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Good read LA. You bring a perspective that I cannot get anywhere else.

I fear that when Heyer comes into to give Jamal a breather, Williams will go into a feeding frenzy. Hopefully someone will come in and chip when Heyer's in the game.

Posted by: chillwill1 | September 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Lavar; Dude i haven't read anything this good in a while,while others may doubt your skill set(and i ain't talking about the field) i admire the fact that you went out of your comfort zone, and bro, so far so good keep up the good work.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 16, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Good post, LA. But is there a chance this is a Brown/Heyer vs. Williams matchup?

Shanahan said about the Dallas game, "Jammal Brown was in a situation where I didn't feel he has actually had enough plays to actually go through a full game ... So Stephon Heyer switched off with Jammal to keep Jammal from getting re-injured."

Has Brown progressed enough now with both the Dallas game and nearly a week of practice under his belt? Will we see less Heyer substitution? Either way, will the importance of the Williams matchup reduce Heyer's role?

Thinking this a side note to your story above worth mentioning.

Posted by: reddog278 | September 16, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

PS - ditto chillwill1. Sorry, man ... didn't see your post.

Posted by: reddog278 | September 16, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

He will line up against the rookie Williams,not Brown. He plays on the weak side predominantly and that is McChicken's left. they are near the bottom of every offensive statistic and gimpy Portis had 45 yds. on 17 carries before Spears missed him for a 2 yd. gain that turned into a sloppy tripped up 18 yarder to give him 63 on the evening. Texans come up to KFC stadium and pimp slap these FG kicking clowns in the mouth and get white trash central to clam down again. The only reason I would want Bush back as president is to have rumsfeld call in an air strike on that concret toilet stadium on game day and put the football world out of it's mysery.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 16, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Mario williams will be shut down!!!!!! If I am not mistaken the Texans play indoors???? Playing outside in grass the texans will be a bit slower......
Lavar your analysis is over rated just like your playing days here in Washington!!! YOU Should have been traded to Denver for Portis and Washington should have kept Champ Bailey!!!!
This is a game where the Redskins must win!!! Defend your home field!!! Redskins 23 Houston 14

Posted by: sjbrjm22315 | September 17, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Mario williams will be shut down!!!!!! If I am not mistaken the Texans play indoors???? Playing outside in grass the texans will be a bit slower......
Lavar your analysis is over rated just like your playing days here in Washington!!! YOU Should have been traded to Denver for Portis and Washington should have kept Champ Bailey!!!!
This is a game where the Redskins must win!!! Defend your home field!!! Redskins 23 Houston 14

Posted by: sjbrjm22315 | September 17, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Funny how your wife said the same thing about you when Lavar left last night!!!!!

Posted by: rlomax67 | September 17, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, your comments have no credibility after all the stunts you pulled here during your playing days. Your desire to be a me-first player and refusal to play within the system cost us a lot of games. You were a horrible teammate and nobody will ever forget your selfish ways. Besides all that your writing stinks. Tell us something we don't already know for once. Just stating the obvious may pass for journalism these days but most of crave something more.

Posted by: hughesbob19 | September 17, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

LA, Hughesbob is right. Why were you such a bad teammate when you were in DC and why should anybody think you genuinely care about the team? You were a bust and instead of manning up you lashed out at everybody else. You should be humbled by your failures as a player but instead you continue with your arrogant ways. We are all very dissappointed in the manner in which you left Washington. You burned too many bridges.

Posted by: hughesbob19 | September 17, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Good insight and interesting angle Lavar.

Is it telling that in only his second game as a rookie, we are already talking about taking the play away from him (Trent Williams) and going to a veteran instead (Braow)? Says a lot about this kids potential already doesn't it?

Finally, for the Lavar haters (too many for my liking). I draw your attention to when Lavar took on Warren Sapp by looking into the camera with that cold stare of death and told Sapp, "If you come on our side of the warm up Sap, I'll get you, I'll get you Sapp!". If you remember, Sapp never did his trade mark dance through the home team's (this case the Redskins) warm ups for the first time that season. I'll guarante you even Sapp loved that clip when he saw it.

Wow, that's football man! Say what you want about Lavar but that was the most a Redskin has manned up since Grimmsies "50 Gut" to Randy white. After watching disninterested "superstars" like AH for so long with this team, this is an example of what someone who not only loves the game does, but someone who respects what's really important in playing this game.

I'll never forget that LA, that should be played before everygame just to get the team and crown fired up.

HTTR: Skins 23, Texans 20.

Posted by: Canadianskin | September 17, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

@hughesbob19.....Why are you responding to your own posts in the third person? Did you forget to log out and log back in as your alter ego? Busted!!!

Posted by: yampaco | September 17, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

LOL @ yampaco. Busted indeed.

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | September 17, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Busted, hughesbob19! Too funny ...

Posted by: reddog278 | September 17, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@hughesbob19 - it's you who have no credibility. You are dishonest, probably a racist, and I'm glad to see you busted. Arrington is a Redskin great, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt on his football knowledge, especially over some internet loser who doesn't even understand cookies. Plus, LA is an excellent football writer who writes several very informative posts a week. Why don't you take your alter egos and go crawl back under your rock now.

Posted by: jksesq1 | September 17, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

While I agree that this Hughes guy was straight busted I think its intellectualy dishonest to call him a racist. The race card is an all time pathetic low to stoop to. Al and Jesse would be proud.

Posted by: sjp879 | September 17, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

You need to teach Wilbon some things LA.

Posted by: Mike4169 | September 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like LA as a player but I think his writing is great. Most of the coverage of the skins sucks at this paper.

Posted by: augustiswest | September 17, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha hughesbob19 is a tool. Exposed for all to see. Can't stop laughing. I bet it was Wilbon.

LA, nice work once again. You were once the face of this franchise, now you can be its voice.

Posted by: El_Guapo1 | September 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree with El_Guapo1. hugesbob19 is indeed a tool.

Posted by: El_Guapo1 | September 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mario's probably 2-3 inches taller and 25-30 pounds heavier than Ware.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 17, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Brown is not playing the side he is used to, so I don't expect him to be perfect. After seeing what Manning did to this D last week it leads me to believe McNabb can take some pressure of this O-line with some completions early and help the running game as well....fingers crossed.

you LaVar Arrington haters out there, give it a rest please. It's nice to actually get football opinions from someone WHO HAS ACTUALLY PLAYED THE GAME!

I will also say one of my fondest Redskins memories is when LaVar Knocked Troy Aikman's soul out of his body onto the field pretty much ending his career. It was a clean solid smash and it is something I'll never forget. I hate the Cowboys!!!!!

Posted by: skins91r | September 17, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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