Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Around this time last week, I was involved in a conversation with my colleague Greg Cowan regarding the play of the defense as a whole, with Dwight Freeney in particular worthy of our ire. The lack of production we've seen from Freeney this year was somewhat expected - I always felt Robert Mathis was going to make an easier transition, though I didn't necessarily expect the gulf in play to be as large as it has been to this point. When I think about why Mathis has had an easier transition, I focus on a few things. Firstly, the physique. Mathis is more lithe and gangly compared to the stout stature of Freeney, and Mathis has greater agility and speed at this point in time. When one examines the traditional moves of the two in question, there can also be little doubt that Mathis' potential is maximised, while Freeney's is not. The great utility of 3-4 schemes in my book is in pass rushing - you can overload areas of the offensive line with your best pass rushers if the play is design...
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