Friday, September 13, 2013
Chiefs will test Cowboys' rookie center
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – One of the biggest reasons the Dallas Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in the first round was his intelligence.
Frederick, the rookie center, will be tested Sunday at Kansas City. The Chiefs run a 3-4 scheme similar to the one the New York Jets use, one that is designed to confuse with the multiple looks.
"Each particular front throws its own problems at you, but I think the big issue is there’s so many of them," Frederick said. "They’re going to throw a lot of different fronts at us and a lot of different pressures."
Frederick had five months to study up on the Cowboys' first opponent of the season, the New York Giants. But he has just a week to get ready for the Chiefs.
“I think it’s interesting to watch [Dontari Poe], their nose tackle,” offensive coordinator/offensive-line coach Bill Callahan said. “He’s got the traits that you look for out of the run stoppers, the two-gappers that can control the point of attack. [Frederick] has got his work cut out for him and I would say that it’s good he got some experience in the preseason, blocking against a zero-technique-type nose tackle, [Paul] Soliai from Miami. He’s just got that exposure that helps him with his technique. I think it’s going to be a really good matchup that’ll be really interesting to see. He’s obviously challenged.”