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Old 09-16-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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Broncos linebacker Williams still tackling change
By Jeff Legwold
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Posted: 09/16/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT


Veteran linebacker D.J. Williams was solid in the debut of the Broncos' new 3-4 defense Sunday, finishing with 10 tackles against the Bengals. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)For weeks the changes came rolling out of the Broncos' Dove Valley complex, like midsize sedans off the assembly line.

New coach, new staff, new defense, new wants and new needs.

Change is the watchword of the Broncos this season, and few players have dealt with as much change on the field as linebacker D.J. Williams.

"I've had some," Williams said. "I guess be ready for anything is how I go about it, because anything could happen. I kind of expect them to come to me after every season and say they're going to try something different."

Williams is playing for his fourth defensive coordinator in his six NFL seasons, and playing in his fourth spot at linebacker. So when the team fired coach Mike Shanahan and started rebuilding the defense, Williams was ready to make a switch again. But early word on what a 3-4 defense might mean to him wasn't all that good.

"A lot of guys I knew came to me and said, 'You're going to hate going to the 3-4, hate it, especially coming from a 4-3,' " Williams recalled. " 'You're going to hate how you do things and all that.' But that's not the case at all.

"People can see already: It lets you do a lot of different things. There's a lot of stuff going on, and we could see that right away in the offseason. Basically I'm not sure what they were talking about hating it, because you can't hate it. It's going to work."

Williams was credited with 10 tackles Sunday in the Broncos' 12-7 victory at Cincinnati, just behind safety Brian Dawkins' 11 for the team lead. Williams now plays at one of the inside linebacker positions in the Denver defense, lining up away from the offense's tight end.

In the Broncos' former defensive playbook, Williams never really found a home, having been moved from the weak side (away from the tight end) to the strong side (across from the tight end) to the middle and back to the weak side.

With each move, it was often said the new position just might be the best one for Williams, who had two 100-tackle seasons on the weak side to go with one 100-tackle year in the middle.

"When we looked at him and watched him, we could kind of see where he fit," Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said. "I think he fits best where we've got him right now and it's fortunate it's worked out that way.

"He's an inside linebacker more than an outside guy. I'll say this, he's a good football player. Since we've been here he's done everything we've asked and more."

Williams said one of the things he likes about the new playbook is that everyone has a chance to make a play. Sunday, three linebackers — Andra Davis, Darrell Reid and Mario Haggan — had the team's three sacks, and another linebacker, Wesley Woodyard, had one of the interceptions.

"Everybody is going to get their turn," Williams said. "Andra had a sack, Mario had a sack. We had two chances to get interceptions. Everybody's going to have a chance to do something. Your job this series or the next series might be taking on a block, but next time you may have to do something big. I look at that and you see opportunities."

Williams said it's all a work in progress, and that he looks forward to seeing where it will lead. Perhaps next season he might even line up in the same position as this season. Now, that would be a change.

"I think it gives us the variety, makes us kind of an offensive defense," Williams said. "I'm still adjusting to all this, but I'm getting more comfortable in what I'm doing all the time."

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Old 09-16-2009, 09:39 AM   #4
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Say what you want about his skills, but he is an awesome team player.
no doubt...

my only beef with him is that he stops moving his feet after he makes contact.
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From the Broncos' Media Relations Staff:

D.J. Williams ranks second in the NFL in tackles per game (8.7) in the last two years according to press box statistics.
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Say what you want about his skills, but he is an awesome team player.

Indeed. Even though he is better at weak side, he has done what the team has asked him even to his own detriment because on the weak side, he could have possibly made pro bowls or at least had more success.

Currently, the Chicago Bears are confronted with a dilemma as to whether or not move Briggs to Mike but Briggs wants no part of it.
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D.J. Williams ranks second in the NFL in tackles per game (8.7) in the last two years according to press box statistics.
This is why I always draft him in my fantasy league that includes individual defensive players. He and either Patrick Willis or DeMeco Ryans. Money in the bank.
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no way..that would be Ian Gold



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I hated that guy
Yeah he would be right up there as well looking back.
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Yeah he would be right up there as well looking back.
Kyle Orton has assumed that crown for now
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I'm sure he will, but right now this thread needs to turn into a taking WW off the field in favor for DJ Williams was the reason our D feel to **** last year thread
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I thought he played well in the 1st game save a few missed assignments, especially taking the wrong gap on the long Benson run in Cinci's scoring drive.

I think by mid-season he will be thriving in the new scheme
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Seriously?

Ian Gold was a good player for quite a while. There eventually came a time when he was too small and had lost some of his speed. Ian was a good player, just not a world beater. Early in his career, he was pretty damn good - especially when he had Al to cover the middle.
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Seriously?

Ian Gold was a good player for quite a while. There eventually came a time when he was too small and had lost some of his speed. Ian was a good player, just not a world beater. Early in his career, he was pretty damn good - especially when he had Al to cover the middle.
I agree. Pre-2003 knee injury, Gold was a good linebacker. In 2002, he recorded 6.5 sacks blitzing off the weak side.
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Seriously?

Ian Gold was a good player for quite a while. There eventually came a time when he was too small and had lost some of his speed. Ian was a good player, just not a world beater. Early in his career, he was pretty damn good - especially when he had Al to cover the middle.
He's right, though. Any time anyone said anything good here about Ian Gold specifically during his second stint here, you would think said poster killed half the board's dogs. There were at least 5-10 guys that would just go ballistic.
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he's right, though. Any time anyone said anything good here about ian gold specifically during his second stint here, you would think said poster killed half the board's dogs. There were at least 5-10 guys that would just go ballistic.
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I'm sure he will, but right now this thread needs to turn into a taking WW off the field in favor for DJ Williams was the reason our D feel to **** last year thread
It was actually replacing Larsen with Webster that did the team in, but DJ lost a lot of respect when he decided to adjust his glove mid-play and proceed to miss a play. The fact that he was squarely focused on by one of the close-up cameras sure didn't help him out either.
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Laurenitis made 14 tackles (10) solo in his debut.
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And they only lost 28-0
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