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Trent Williams faces murderers row of pass rushers

Coming off perhaps the best performance of his young career, left tackle Trent Williams has no time to catch his breath. Last weekend was Dwight Freeney. This weekend is Julius Peppers.

"I looked at the schedule before the season. I kind of seen it coming," said Williams, who also has faced Mario Williams, Clay Matthews and DeMarcus Ware. "I expected it."

In last week's Colts game, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked three times, but not once by Freeney. In fact, Freeney didn't even register a tackle on the day, and the Redskins' offensive line helped Ryan Torain rush for 100 yards.

Williams said Freeney is the best pass-rusher he's faced thus far. "He had everything you need to be an effective pass rusher. He had speed, probably one of the strongest ends I've seen thus far," Williams said. "Everybody knows about his patented spin moves."

Williams had little time to celebrate his personal performance. "As soon as I was done with Dwight, my mind was on Peppers all night," Williams said. "It don't get no harder than this."

McNabb has been sacked 14 times this year, more than all but three other quarterbacks. But Chicago has nine sacks on the year and is ranked No. 25 in the league.

Defensive end Israel Idonije leads the Bears with 3 1/2 sacks -- he had 3 in Week 5 against Carolina -- Peppers has 2 and linebacker Brian Urlacher has 1 1/2.
Peppers moves around a lot, but will spend plenty of time lined up over Williams, especially in passing situations, the rookie said.

"Peppers is a huge edge guy, he loves to get the edge," Williams said. "He's got long arms. You can have him two or three yards away from the quarterback and he'll still swipe the ball out of his hands. That'll be a huge challenge for me. It's gonna be another long week."

Should backup tight end Fred Davis get more playing time in the wake of starter Chris Cooley's concussion? Let us know how you feel in the Redskins Tailgate Zone.

By Rick Maese  | October 20, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  Trent Williams  
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Comments

First to say silverback over okung is looking smarter than ever

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Man...there are some real dingbats over there in the Tailgate Zone...never going there again.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 20, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Trent Williams faces murderers row of pass rushers"

where have I heard this before?

Oh yeah ... in the SEASON PREVIEW of ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

"he’s facing a ‘murderer’s row’ lineup"

and ...

The real story in the Beast in 2010 is at offensive left tackle. The names are: Trent Williams, david diehl, doug free and jason peters.
Here are the top edge rushers the LTs in the division will face from the NFC N and AFC S: Mario Williams, Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, Clay Matthews and Dwight Freeney. In the division, its 6 games vs 3 of the following 4: Carter/Orakpo/Albert, ware, osi and cole. I’ve said it for months, this is Murderer’s Row. 11 games vs Pro Bowl level edge rushers coming from the blind side. Not sure I’ve ever seen this sort of pass rush threat since the days when lawrence taylor, reggie white and randy white were all in the Beast at the same time.

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nice to see the WaPo writers catching up ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Williams is coming off the "best performance of his young career."

While Haynesworth's performance three weeks ago against Philadelphia was reportedly his "best performance of the season."

While I'm all for giving credit where due, none of these earlier performances means dick this weekend -- unless they can somehow reach back and re-channel their earlier performances into something even better.

And if we're recalling earlier performances, let's go back to a time when Haynesworth actually mattered... like about three seasons ago.

Truth is, McNabb is getting hit way too often and way too hard by whoever is lining up on the d-line to survive much longer.

Posted by: Vic1 | October 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You know, almost every team has one elite pass rusher, and they almost aways line up over the Left Tackle (whether they are classified as a D Lineman or Outside Linebacker). So this murderers row, while impressive, is really no tougher than what every Left Tackle in the league faces every season. That's why he got drafted so high.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | October 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You know, almost every team has one elite pass rusher, and they almost aways line up over the Left Tackle (whether they are classified as a D Lineman or Outside Linebacker). So this murderers row, while impressive, is really no tougher than what every Left Tackle in the league faces every season. That's why he got drafted so high.

Posted by: Wemiss21

Gonna disagree. This really is different. Its basically all the Pro Bowl guys -- in 1 year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

One things for sure, our line could use a few more guys with his level of skill.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think the word ELITE means...like one of the best...not everyone has one.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

*Carlos Rogers wants picks, but not at all costs*

Did the devil come up to him and offer him a deal or something?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Tough to get guys with TW skill level. You really need to invest for a guy like that. In the draft you will have to choose between a stud D tackle, an elite pass rusher, a pro ready QB, or a o-lineman of TWs caliber.
Any and every team needs these positions so they go fast.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Davis should get the start, imho.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If I had 2 sacks, I would join the circus or be in porn.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Peppers is a huge edge guy, he loves to get the edge," Williams said.


Moving the pocket to help Williams and Brown will ease much of this concern.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 20, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

stu

Whichbdo we go with this yr???

I say stud d tackle/nt

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

One of those sounds fun, PF... the other... sounds like hollywood.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 20, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

stu

Which do we go with this yr???

I say stud d tackle/nt

We need 2 or 3 new young lineman, o and d

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Regarding "Double Move":

Rogers played college football at Auburn University, where he started 44 games over four years. He finished his career with 182 tackles (134 individual), seven interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He holds Auburn’s career record with forty pass deflections,[4] which ranks second in SEC history.[5] He was named to the Auburn football All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

Funny how in college, they keep track of "pass deflections" whereas in the NFL they just call 'em drops.

I guess this means CR falls into the 'we knew what we were getting' category.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 20, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

One things for sure, our line could use a few more guys with his level of skill.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 3:22 PM
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Yep. I just wish Brown could play at the level he has played at in the past. We need to go after interior guys in the draft next year, so Brown needs to solidify that right tackle position. The young guys from the practice squad might push next season, but I think they are on the practice squad because they are "projects".

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 20, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | October 20, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

He holds Auburn’s career record with forty pass deflections,[4] which ranks second in SEC history.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 20, 2010 3:38 PM

Who was number 1 in "deflections"? Fred Flintstone?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 20, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

bic,

Im with ya on the NT/DT. We jumped into this 3-4 scheme w/o the biggest piece of the puzzle. The beef in the middle. Even playing a team like GB with BJ Raji, who is considered an above average NT but not an elite one, the difference in their 3-4 to ours was very noticeable in the middle of the trenches.
Or look at what Suh did in his last game, he was killing it. Now a guy like Suh rarely comes along. But if we are in position to get a prospect I would say that DT/NT is our biggest flaw.

Although im pretty sure our interior Oline just gave up a sack while I was typing this so I wont complain if they go Oline fiost.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Jones: Bad luck has hurt Cowboys; we are playing better each week


having some fun reading cowboy fan comments on one of their blogs. the thread is at the dallas morning news and it's about jerry saying bad luck has hurt the cowboy's. here's a cut and paste of some cowboy fans spewing and a link is at the bottom:


BLEEDINBLUEANDSILVER
11:59 AM on October 20, 2010

Yes, Jerry this is a 1 and 4 team. You need to take a real look and admit your way has not worked since you and Jimmy decided that the 2 giant egos couldn't coexist. Come on and admit it 1 Super Bowl win since Jimmy left. We all know that Barry Switzer's Super Bowl win was with a team that Jimmy had buiilt. It was just good enough to hang on for two years, inspite of an inept coach and an owner that will not leave well enough alone.

well now, does that sound like tampon to you guy's ?


Cowboysfan1985
8:25 AM on October 20, 2010

I'm going to go against the grain and agree with Jerry for once. I think the team has played dumb football, but in all their losses, they are a play away from winning. The ball just doesn't fall their way, and they received some bad calls from refs. Good teams don't make these dumb mistakes though.

now that sounds more like tampon


SRW
9:40 AM on October 20, 2010

The headline should replace the word luck with GM.

sound familiar ? what a difference a year makes peeps. the cowboy's suck and we are competitive, with 2 division wins. and regardless of what any peep says, shanahan and allen have restored sanity to the Washington Redskins.


http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/10/jerry-jones-bad-luck-has-hurt.html

Posted by: hessone | October 20, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that WaPo should be a bit more selective when using the word "murderer" in a headline relating to this team?

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

OK I love the progress Twilliams is making but Sunday night was not so hot and I agree w Redskin's Confidential's take below--keep working hard young feller....rooting my ass off for ya!:

LT Trent Williams. Sunday night, I didn’t think he played that poorly. And maybe he didn’t considering he was facing Dwight Freeney. But he didn’t fare well, even though Freeney only finished with modest stats (two quarterback hurries, one pass defensed). But he constantly pushed Williams back and applied pressure. Like Brown, Williams needed more help than normal; Kory Lichtensteiger helped him out on occasion as did Keiland Williams. That’s how it’s supposed to work, but, regardless, Williams had problems. He did have some nice blocks, but Freeney controlled him. The hard part for Williams is that, unlike Brown, he would get low. But Freeney would get lower. There was one time (on the final play) when Williams was too low – his chest was parallel to the ground and he ended up falling. Williams also was called for holding twice (once vs. Freeney).

Posted by: tabtool | October 20, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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