August 8, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
It’s one of the many questions that eventually gets asked every time a Colts defensive coach or player is interviewed during training camp at Anderson University:
How are Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis adjusting to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4?
The realistic answer, for now, is stay tuned. Call it a work in progress.
Skeptics will argue you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. But I’m inclined to agree with Colts inside linebacker Pat Angerer, who discussed the transition matter-of-factly when asked Tuesday morning.
“Those guys are doing good,” he said, repeating what everyone says. “They’ll do good anywhere. You put them on the field and those guys are unbelievable.”
The fear is that Freeney and Mathis will have trouble in pass coverage. I’m not concerned about Mathis. He’s fast and has shown excellent anticipation in camp drills. I teased him about his spin move after intercepting a pass intended for Coby Fleener in one drill.
Freeney, we will see, but it’s fair to surmise the Colts’ all-time leading sack man will be rushing the passer more than covering pass targets. It just makes sense. Mathis, too.