Terrell Suggs, Texans' Duane Brown set to clash

Matchup between linebacker, left tackle could impact outcome

January 13, 2012|By Edward Lee

Not too many offensive tackles relish the idea of trying to block Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. But Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown isn’t shying away from the opportunity, which will present itself Sunday during the AFC divisional playoff round.

“This will be my third time going against him in my career,” Brown said in comments distributed by the Texans Wednesday. “I’m up for it and I know what to expect. It’s not going to be easy. Just because you know what he’s going to do you still have to go out there and execute. I’m ready for it.”

Brown fared well in the Oct. 16 meeting between these two teams, shutting out Suggs in sacks, quarterback hits and tackles. Suggs said Brown is unlike any other tackle he has faced this season.

“He’s a really good tackle. But when it comes to similarities, I can’t pinpoint one person,” said Suggs, who set a career high with 14 sacks this season. “I think he’s unique all in his own. [The Miami Dolphins’] Jake Long and [the Cleveland Browns’] Joe Thomas and [the Cincinnati Bengals’ Andrew] Whitworth, they’re all big left tackles. Those guys are similar, but he’s kind of his own special player. I think he’s a lot more athletic than them and a lot more explosive.”

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Brown returned the favor, saying that Suggs presents a unique challenge.

“He’s very athletic,” Brown said. “If you try to focus on his athleticism so much, you forget about his power and he can use that on you. You just have to stay patient with him and just stay true to your technique. If you try to get too aggressive, he can make you miss. If you try to get too light on your feet, he can push you back. So it’s a big challenge for me, but I’m up for it.”

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