ESPN asks and answers a great question: could Dwight Freeney play in any era? It’s largely accepted that he ushered in a new era of speedy, powerful pass rushers but could he hang with the old-timers?
When I look at Freeney, I see a guy who developed some moves, like the spin move. He’s a little unorthodox. He does things that you didn’t see a lot. He does it well. This is an era in which you get paid to get to the quarterback, and that’s what he does. When you line up against most tackles, you know what they’re going to do. He’s going to bull rush me. With Freeney, he’ll start outside and then spin inside. He has more moves than anyone I’ve seen play that position. He’s a lot like John Randle.