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Mike Shanahan game-planning for Freeney and Mathis

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has had at least 10.5 sacks in six of his nine NFL seasons. This season, the four-time all-pro selection has three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Colts end Robert Mathis has produced at least 9.5 sacks in five of his eight seasons in the league. Through the first five games, the two-time Pro Bowler has four sacks and one forced fumble.

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams and right tackle Jammal Brown are trying to regain form after suffering knee injuries during the Week 5 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Freeney and Mathis present major challenges, and "even when the tackles are healthy, there's concern about those two defensive ends," Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice Wednesday at Redskins Park. "Obviously, they do a great job consistently.

"They rush the quarterback and react to the run. They've been doing that for a number of years. Been very productive, so everybody better have a game plan for 'em. The nature of their defense is that they attack first and react to the run second. They've always been that way, since I've been watching them at Indy. And they're very talented."

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Owned.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


Owned.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended

back-peddling dive ass, the only thing you own is your dive ass ego

Posted by: hessone | October 13, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

8 posts since lunchtime? My head is spinning...JReid musta got lucky last night.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 13, 2010 3:57 PM

Make that 9 posts...just rediculous...

And hessone all over npi haha...musta got lucky too.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Re: Rocky Mac's injury

So who is the backup ILB? Perry Riley? Maybe they just move Lorenzo inside since he plays about 57 positions?


Re: Manning and disguises

Whateves. We need the 4-man front working and AH to be ready to give his all and get a nice strong push up the middle (insert stripper/paternity joke here).


Re: Injured Tackles

Ugh, I hope we don't need to rely on Stephon Heyer this Sunday. Maybe we can just play without a left tackle. Seriously. DMac knows how to get the ball out quickly, and it'll save us the grief of Steph's 3-4 penalties per game. Let's at least try it for a quarter and see what happens.


Re: The Blog Sucking.

I don;t know what it is, but RI has been sucking. We've had 2 great wins in a row and we end up talking about DT11 and dig up racist posts on each other. It's like we need the disaster of Vinny C to lament or the incompetence of JLa to criticize, but we haven;t got a clue what to do with winning. WTH?

Posted by: p1funk | October 13, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

back-peddling dive ass, the only thing you own is your dive ass ego

Posted by: hessone | October 13, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget his fine German automobile (Rusted out 1983 VW Scirocco up on blocks)

And his Georgetown mailing address (Rotting cardboard box duct taped to a pillar under the Key Bridge)

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 13, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Owned.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended

back-peddling dive ass, the only thing you own is your dive ass ego

Posted by: hessone | October 13, 2010 4:06 PM |

Fuc*king loser. This is why blog-folk are ranked about a half-notch above numismatists, carnies and those weirdos traipsing though civil war battlefields with metal detectors.

God I am glad I'm not you.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 13, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

How do you game plan against good pass rushers? Run the ball.

Colts are 5th worst in the league in yds/rush attempt.

A lot of what Freeney and Mathis do is based on teams trailing the Colts and needing to throw a lot. They don't have to worry about the run when the other guys are down 14.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

How do you game plan against good pass rushers? Run the ball.

Colts are 5th worst in the league in yds/rush attempt.

A lot of what Freeney and Mathis do is based on teams trailing the Colts and needing to throw a lot. They don't have to worry about the run when the other guys are down 14.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 13, 2010 4:15 PM

Co-sign. And limit the turnovers as well. Don't want to give the Colts extra opportunities.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 13, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes zce, and I think Shanahan said the same thing in a very thinly veiled way when he referenced that they pass rush first and then react to the run second.

Teams have put up some monster rushing games against them this year so I expect we get it cranked up as well.

And when I say 'expect' I, of course mean, 'Hope and pray'.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 13, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"numismatists"

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 13, 2010 4:12 PM

Well had to look that one up...

G'nite peeps...everyone try and get a good nights sleep...bunch of grumpy bastards today!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 13, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

How do you game plan against good pass rushers? Run the ball.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse


Run the ball.
3-step drops.
Screens.

But yes, one of the keys is also to not find yourself down by 14.

Posted by: p1funk | October 13, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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