Posted on: August 23, 2010 1:56 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Trent Williams will face numerous pass-rushing specialists this year – some of the best defensive ends and linebackers in the game. Sure, he’s a rookie LT, but he also was the fourth pick taken in the NFL Draft and the Redskins are expecting him to keep QB Donovan McNabb’s blind side safe.
That’s why Saturday night’s game against the Ravens was so disheartening.
Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs – who’s more of an all-around LB rather than a monster pass-rusher – owned Williams, who gave up a sack and numerous pressures to Suggs in the Ravens win. As the Washington Post points out, that means the Redskins might need to give Williams more help, especially when he has to face the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Mario Williams, Trent Cole and Dwight Freeney this season.
Jason Reid writes:
On Suggs's sack of McNabb in the second quarter, Williams was beaten so badly off the ball that he never had a chance to set up and get into his technique. For that matter, McNabb didn't have a chance, either. And the big play illustrated why premier rush ends/outside linebackers are valued more in the NFL than any position except quarterback and lock-down corners.
(After a Baltimore fumble), on Washington's first play, Suggs raced past Williams and brought down McNabb for a five-yard loss. The Redskins attempted two deep passes that fell incomplete, punted and did nothing on offense for the remainder of the blowout loss.
Late in the first quarter, with Washington facing third and 1, Suggs drove Williams into the backfield and brought down running back Larry Johnson for a three-yard loss. Williams also was called for a false start.
Of course, it was only a preseason game. Suggs has won many individual battles throughout his career against some of the game's most experienced and talented left tackles. And the Redskins had other major pass-protection issues against Baltimore, especially in blitz pick-ups.
But still, not a great start for a tackle who’s very athletic but was also known as a devastating run blocker and just a pretty good pass protector while in college.
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Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 12:50 pm
Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on defensive ends.
Yet another similar list where there’s hardly any disagreement. Either I’m learning something from you, Andy, or your film-watching, note-taking, research-doing, obsessive-compulsive nature is being badly influenced by me.
You want to talk about a pass-rusher, you talk about Freeney. He had an amazing first four years of his career, and after slumping (in part, because of injury) in 2006-07, he’s returned to form the past two seasons. He’s a troublemaker for even the NFL’s best offensive tackles, because he can go inside on them and still get to the quarterback.
In the past three years, Allen has recorded at least 14.5 sacks, accumulated at least 50 tackles and caused at least three forced fumbles. He’s simply one of the top DEs in the NFL. He’s rather average against the run, which is why he’s not No. 1 on my list, but the man can rush the quarterback. Combine him with teammate DE Ray Edwards and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams – our unanimous pick for the top 4-3 DT – and the Vikings front line is the scariest in football.
Good thing the Texans didn’t take Reggie Bush with the No. 1 pick in 2006, eh? Instead of a RB that hasn’t lived up to his billing, Houston got a player who’s improved immensely the past three seasons and anchors that defense.
I don’t buy that for a second about Casserly – now one of CBS’ own analysts. I’m sure that, wherever he lives, before he goes to bed, he walks outside in his slippers and pajamas, looks at the moon, shakes his fist at the sky and says, “Dammit, I was right! I was right!” And before he goes inside to drift off into a fitful slumber, he turns back and screams to the heavens, “And Bill Belichick can suck it!”