Ryan Family Gives Freeman FitsSeptember 15th, 2013
Last year, the Bucs faced off against the Cowboys and then Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s confusing three-man fronts, and the Bucs had arguably their worst offensive performance of the season.
Josh Freeman was awful: 10-for-28 for 110 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Doug Martin struggled, too.
Last week, Freeman and Martin also were stymied by Rex Ryan’s blitzing 3-4 defense at the Meadowlands, completing less than 50 percent of his passes.
Coincidence? No, Freeman said on his radio show Tuesday.
“You look at Rex Ryan and he’s known for pressuring and bringing a lot of blitzes. We played against Rob in Dallas last year, and he was mixing it up with the fronts, and you turn on the Saints film, and there are definitely similarities,” Freeman said.
Rob Ryan is now commander of the Saints’ defense, which is banged up and has less talent than what the Cowboys had. But the Saints shut down the high-flying Falcons last week.
The Saints clearly will present looks that are uncomfortable to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and Freeman. Hopefully, the third time is a charm.