DJ Williams has done everything asked of him on the field since being a Bronco in 2004. Different positions, seven different coordinators. Do you guys ever think that the guy could have reached his full potential had he been given an honest shot to have a consistent coaching effort to make him a better player?
In regards to his play, we know that lonestar's assessment on the matter is a steaking pile of goat piss. His pass rushing numbers have been improving each of the last four years, not to mention forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. Arguably, two of his best seasons have occured in the last three years. He had just as many TFL as Patrick Willis and Clay Matthews last year , and the same amount as Willis and many other quality linebackers in 2010. (And we know Williams isn't on the same caliber level as those players.) Yet, people still gripe about him when he has been one of the most consistent defenders on this team for almost a decade.
There is an obvious drop off in overall play from the linebacking core with DJ absent from the 2012 lineup. You can definitely see it in the passing game where Mays is having to play a majority of snaps in nickel packages where he is blowing coverages constantly, which is where Williams should be playing. It is unfortunate for us, because Joe Mays couldn't make proper calls as a MIKE on a regular basis at NDSU, nor was he ever good in pass coverage against collegiate tight ends who would never even sniff a chance at the NFL. Take off the blinders, goonies. This defense needs DJ.
He has played virtually every position you can at LB and played at a fairly high level. He may have never been an All-Pro or consistent Pro-Bowler, but he has been a solid guy on this team for a long time. The only years with a (large) dip in production came in when he was playing SAM back after his rookie season with the team. Yet, all fans can do is b**** and moan about him because of a recent issue with the playbook, his DUIs and suspension for the urine rigamarole. But then again, this is the Orange Mane -- he isn't Ray Lewis, so obviously he sucks.
Alas, I'm willing to bet most teams in the NFL would hope they could have a first round pick contribute on their team for 8 years, have over 800 tackles, 20 sacks and over a dozen turnovers.
WILLIAMS AT A GLANCE:
[Below courtesy of Denver Broncos website]
• A ninth-year linebacker who has opened at least 11 games in each of his eight professional seasons for the Broncos, starting at the weakside (38), inside (31), strongside (29) and middle (16) linebacker positions.
• Owns five 100-tackle seasons, including a personal-best 170 stops in 2007, along with 30 10-tackle games for his career, while ranking sixth in the NFL in tackles(565) in the last five seasons according to press box totals.
• Led the Broncos in tackles the last three seasons and five times overall in his eight years in the league.
• Joined by James Farrior (Pit.) as the only two players with at least 800 tackles and 20 sacks since he entered the league in 2004 (press box totals).
• Started for the Broncos at weakside linebacker in 2004, ‘08 and ‘11, strongside linebacker from 2005-06, middle linebacker in ‘07 and inside linebacker from 2009-10.
• Finished the 2010 season as the only player in the NFL to lead his team in tackles (119) and sacks (5.5) with the latter figure representing a career high.
• Named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2009 after starting all 16 games and ranking sixth in the AFC with a team-high 122 tackles (100 solo), including 3.5 sacks, at inside linebacker.
• Did not miss a regular-season game or a playoff contest in his first four seasons (2004-07) with Denver as its only defender to see time in all 67 Broncos contests during that period.
• Became the first rookie in Broncos history to lead the club in tackles with 114 stops in 2004 en route to finishing third in Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting and earning Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie honors that season.
Sure sounds ****ty, huh?
Some of you guys are dolts. (LONESTAR)
His best year was when he was at MIKE (2007) and statistically speaking, when he played ILB under McDaniels. Yet, we have a poster on here saying he played his worst football at those positions. Lol, wow. GTFO.