As the Colts and Patriots rivalry moves into the 2012 season, some of the faces that have made this matchup so anticipated have begun change places.
However, a few constants remain and that includes Colts outside linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis dealing with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“He’s definitely a guy out there that is leading his team like always,” Freeney said of Brady. “You would think the older you got, your skills start to deteriorate. He’s still as accurate as ever. He’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play.”
While Freeney will be playing a different position than what the Patriots are used to seeing, the Colts Pro Bowler admitted that the main objective of getting to Brady remains unchanged.
“Thank God I don’t have to drop into coverage as much. I don’t have to deal with all the stuff that they do route-wise,” Freeney said with a laugh on Monday. “For me, it’s just trying to get as much pressure as possible, just trying to be disruptive as possible to get his timing off.”
Freeney and Mathis have combined for eight sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 career games against the Patriots.
After missing the Jaguars game last Thursday, Mathis is hoping to get back on the field this weekend to get another crack at a quarterback he holds in very high regard.
“I think he’s one guy that you couldn’t play the disrespect card out of any quarterback in this league because he’s the most highly respected guy,” Mathis said of Brady. “His resume speaks for itself. He’s a guy that’s going to come and play. You just have to match that.”
Brady is now in his 13th season in the NFL and the seven-time Pro Bowler has seen little drop off in his production over the past few years.
Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians feels that Brady might be playing some of the best football of his career at the age of 35.
“If anything, he’s gotten better,” Arians said of Brady’s play over the years. “They do a very good job of keep pressing the envelope offensively. They’ve gone through a couple different guys as coordinators, but Tom and coach (Bill) Belichick have always got their hand on the pulse of the rest of the league and ‘These guys are doing this, how can we incorporate it?’
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