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Old 01-27-2009, 06:16 AM   #1
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Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is wearing a sling after he underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder last week.

Williams, the Broncos' first-round draft pick in 2004, will be out four to six weeks before he begins his normal training and full rehabilitation. Williams' best overall season may have been his first, when he played his natural weakside linebacker position and finished third in the NFL defensive player of the year balloting.

But Williams was switched to strongside linebacker in 2005 and middle linebacker in 2007, and went back to the weak side in 2008. The Broncos gave him a six-year, $32 million contract extension before the 2008 season, and after a terrific start, he was bothered by knee and shoulder problems.
Williams may have to make another position adjustment for the 2009 season as the Broncos' new coaching staff phases in a 3-4 defensive system.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:12 AM   #2
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defensive ROOKIE of the year. not player.
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Why wasn't this surgery done a month ago?
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defensive ROOKIE of the year. not player.
hahaha yeah key distinction

I thought he had finished 2nd after Vilma, who was second?
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His fastball is going to suffer.
Completely agree. He doesn't need that arm to try and run around blockers.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:13 AM   #7
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hahaha yeah key distinction

I thought he had finished 2nd after Vilma, who was second?
Dunta Robinson, if memory serves me correctly. Which is might not, but some rookie corner or some ****.
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I swaer he should have been left off the field with an injury like that. I hope he gets better and has a place on the team next season.
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I swaer he should have been left off the field with an injury like that. I hope he gets better and has a place on the team next season.
I got a feeling that DJ will re-negotiate his contract so he can be traded.
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I got a feeling that DJ will re-negotiate his contract so he can be traded.
I got a feeling after surgery and an injury riddled season his compensation will be minimal so he will be happy to play where Mike Nolan tells him to
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In all honesty not even DJ is safe. His play hasn't been special.
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In all honesty not even DJ is safe. His play hasn't been special.
Thats part of the reason why he's not worth trading at the moment.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:13 AM   #14
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Maybe the new staff can coach DJ up some. He's not much of an impact guy so far. 75 games, 6.5 sacks, 2 INT's, 6 FF's, 4.7 solo tackles per game. Hopefully his production increases.
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Maybe the new staff can coach DJ up some. He's not much of an impact guy so far. 75 games, 6.5 sacks, 2 INT's, 6 FF's, 4.7 solo tackles per game. Hopefully his production increases.
I just want him back to how he was playing at WLB this season before being injured when he was the best 4-3 WLB in football. 9.625 tackles per game and 2.5 sacks.
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But a solid fatty in front of him and lets see what he can do.
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In all honesty not even DJ is safe. His play hasn't been special.
When you are the worst Defense in the league and make a significant run at some all time futility records... No one is safe. Including champ.
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But a solid fatty in front of him and lets see what he can do.
Word. Ray Lewis can be even worse at dancing with blockers than DJ. That's why Baltimore puts a premium on keeping him unblocked.
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Word. Ray Lewis can be even worse at dancing with blockers than DJ. That's why Baltimore puts a premium on keeping him unblocked.
Not even remotely accurate. Between Adams/Siragusa and Kelly/Ngata, Ray was still the best linebacker in the league and extremely physical. Putting DJ anywhere near his league is completely ridiculous.
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Not even remotely accurate. Between Adams/Siragusa and Kelly/Ngata, Ray was still the best linebacker in the league and extremely physical. Putting DJ anywhere near his league is completely ridiculous.
I never put DJ in Ray's "league" in terms of a linebacker. But as someone who has watched a majority of the games in Ray Lewis' career, he has always had issues dancing with blockers. Alan Faneca even made reference to it a few years ago. I believe the question was, "Is Ray Lewis the toughest LB to block in the league?" and Faneca's response was something to the effect of "Well we get together twice a year for the waltz." Ray did less of this early in his career but as he's gotten older, he doesn't take blockers head on as much as he used to. With that, the Ravens has always been very smart about making Ray's ability to avoid blockers a top priority. I'm not sure what you're referring to as "between Adams/Siragusa and Kelly/Ngata". Kelly Gregg took over at NT when the Ravens moved to a 3-4 in 2002 following the departures of Adams and Siragusa. I'd be very intrigued to see how DJ would play with a solid DL in front of him to keep blockers off.

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I never put DJ in Ray's "league" in terms of a linebacker. But as someone who has watched a majority of the games in Ray Lewis' career, he has always had issues dancing with blockers. Alan Faneca even made reference to it a few years ago. I believe the question was, "Is Ray Lewis the toughest LB to block in the league?" and Faneca's response was something to the effect of "Well we get together twice a year for the waltz." Ray did less of this early in his career but as he's gotten older, he doesn't take blockers head on as much as he used to. With that, the Ravens has always been very smart about making Ray's ability to avoid blockers a top priority. I'm not sure what you're referring to as "between Adams/Siragusa and Kelly/Ngata". Kelly Gregg took over at NT when the Ravens moved to a 3-4 in 2002 following the departures of Adams and Siragusa. I'd be very intrigued to see how DJ would play with a solid DL in front of him to keep blockers off.
People refer to fighting as dancing sometimes too. What Ray does hitting Faneca in the mouth, and what DJ does, trying to run around blockers or being obliterated by ****ing Dielman of all people, are hardly comparable on any scale.

And you'll notice Kelly and Ngata are paired together, I hope? Kelly alone isn't and wasn't enough to keep an interior player clean, which is why Ray lobbied for another hog the year before they drafted Haloti. Pre-Haloti, Ray was still an animal despite fighting through 1-2 blockers on nearly every snap.

Where's DJ playing with a solid DL? At the weakside where he rarely gets touched anyways? Or is he back inside where he'll have to learn to play in SOME traffic regardless of what's in front of him.

You can find the biggest DJ homers on the board and all will admit he's no Al Wilson, and as much as I love, he also was no Ray Lewis.
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