IRVING, Texas -- As Doug Free has gone along in his first year as the Cowboys’ left tackle he has faced some of the top pass rushers in the NFL -- Chicago’s Julius Peppers, Houston’s Mario Williams, Minnesota’s Jared Allen and Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants.
So far it has been so good for Free, who has earned high praise from the Cowboys’ front office and coaches as well as opposing coaches and players.
Sunday brings another challenge in Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney.
Freeney has seven sacks this season and has had at least 10.5 in six of his first eight seasons.
“He’s a great pass rusher,” Free said. “He’s got great speed, great power and good set up moves. A lot of his stuff looks the same.”
Freeney is most famous for his spin move, which often leaves tackles lunging and off balance. Free said he benefits from seeing DeMarcus Ware during practice some of the time.
“Freeney’s one of a kind on his spin move,” Free said. “It’s probably a combination because he’s got a good rip move and a good spin move and both of them look exactly the same.”