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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Redskins preparing for Freeney and Mathis

By Dan Graziano

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan knows how important it will be to game-plan for Colts defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. New York Giants left tackle David Diehl found out the hard way that Freeney can be nearly unstoppable at times. Skins offensive tackles Trent Williams and Jammal Brown are both battling through knee injuries, which will make the task even tougher.

"Even when the tackles are healthy, there's concern about those two defensive ends," coach Mike Shanahan told reporters Wednesday. "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."

I think playing on the road and on natural grass will neutralize Freeney and Mathis' speed to some extent. I liked how Williams played against DeMarcus Ware in Week 1. And I could see him being successful against Freeney. Brown's the guy you worry about a little more.

He just doesn't seem to be using good technique this season at all.