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TXBRONC
09-13-2007, 09:43 AM
Bill Williamson isn't the best beat writer in world but he is on the money about my adoptee D.J. Williams.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2007/09/12/dj-solid-in-middle-at-buffalo/

Perhaps lost in the thrill of the last-minute dramatics in Buffalo and the moxie of Jay Cutler was the play of the Denver defense - in particular middle linebacker D.J. Williams.

The guy deserves a lot of credit. He had a difficult job moving form strongside linebacker to the middle, replacing fan favorite Al Wilson. So the pressure was already on him.

Then the preseason started, and Williams was often out of position. He admitted that he was struggling in the transition.

Yet, in the season opener, at Buffalo, Williams was all over the field. He had a huge first-quarter sack of quarterback J.P. Losman that took Buffalo out of scoring position, and he led Denver with nine tackles.

That showed Williams is in the right place. He is only going to get better as he gets more comfortable.

So for all of those who thought Williams was going to be a disaster in the middle, they can relax. The kid belongs there.

Lonestar
09-13-2007, 09:55 AM
You can teach an great athlete how to play almost any position, but you can't teach guys to be great athletes.

I'm glad to see that he looks like he is getting it. I think he can be a great MLB.

Your correct that Williamson is not a great beat writer, but heads and above that clown klisa.

omac
09-13-2007, 10:38 AM
Cool post. :cool:

Nice to see DJ getting some good recognition, a contrast from the preseason. DJ seems like the kind of guy everyone roots for to succeed. I hope he becomes a consistently excellent player at his possition.

Lonestar
09-13-2007, 10:44 AM
Cool post. :cool:

Nice to see DJ getting some good recognition, a contrast from the preseason. DJ seems like the kind of guy everyone roots for to succeed. I hope he becomes a consistently excellent player at his possition.

Just hope he does not become all world before we have his contract extended..:cool:

Skinny
09-13-2007, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the post TX.
That showed Williams is in the right place. He is only going to get better as he gets more comfortable.And as the guys in front of him get better too.

That's where it all starts.

TXBRONC
09-13-2007, 01:31 PM
Cool post. :cool:

Nice to see DJ getting some good recognition, a contrast from the preseason. DJ seems like the kind of guy everyone roots for to succeed. I hope he becomes a consistently excellent player at his possition.

The posts I saw during the preseason concerning D.J. is what motivated me to start this thread. Yes he struggled but good golly he's in new scheme at different position and yet some people would have preferred to go and get Trotter. That to me would have been a mistake.

Watchthemiddle
09-13-2007, 02:13 PM
No doubt DJ has all the tools necessary to watch the middle...:D

Each practice, each film session, each game he is going to get better.

You can't teach size and speed. You can teach tackling, awareness, and where to go. He will get it.

TXBRONC
09-13-2007, 02:34 PM
No doubt DJ has all the tools necessary to watch the middle...:D

Each practice, each film session, each game he is going to get better.

You can't teach size and speed. You can teach tackling, awareness, and where to go. He will get it.


Where have I heard that phrase before? :confused: :D

In my opinion I think D.J. could ultimately prove to be a better middle linebacker than Al Wilson was. I'm not saying he's at that point, but I think he has more tools to work with.

omac
09-13-2007, 03:17 PM
Where have I heard that phrase before? :confused: :D

In my opinion I think D.J. could ultimately prove to be a better middle linebacker than Al Wilson was. I'm not saying he's at that point, but I think he has more tools to work with.

I think DJ will be like this Broncos team; shows flashes of brilliance along with inconsistent plays mixed in. Like the Broncos, he's still adjusting and learning. But I think he and the team will be able to make the necessary plays to win games just the same, like they did the recent one.

We'll peak during the playoffs. :rockon:

TXBRONC
09-13-2007, 03:30 PM
I think DJ will be like this Broncos team; shows flashes of brilliance along with inconsistent plays mixed in. Like the Broncos, he's still adjusting and learning. But I think he and the team will be able to make the necessary plays to win games just the same, like they did the recent one.

We'll peak during the playoffs. :rockon:

If Bates has the necessary parts to make his scheme work then I don't think inconsistency will be a problem through out the season, or least I hope it wont.

Requiem / The Dagda
09-13-2007, 06:08 PM
You can teach an great athlete how to play almost any position, but you can't teach guys to be great athletes.

This is a false statement. Most of the guys in the NFL are incredible athletes, but lack the mental capability to succeed and adjust to the level of play in the NFL, that goes for all positions. Athleticism cannot be "taught" but there is a certain mental aptitude players have or don't have in their ability to understand schemes, defenses and responsibility. Not everyone can do this.

TXBRONC
09-13-2007, 06:20 PM
This is a false statement. Most of the guys in the NFL are incredible athletes, but lack the mental capability to succeed and adjust to the level of play in the NFL, that goes for all positions. Athleticism cannot be "taught" but there is a certain mental aptitude players have or don't have in their ability to understand schemes, defenses and responsibility. Not everyone can do this.

I don't think JR was discounting the mental aspects to the game. Dream his statement at face value isn't false.

Watchthemiddle
09-13-2007, 06:23 PM
This is a false statement. Most of the guys in the NFL are incredible athletes, but lack the mental capability to succeed and adjust to the level of play in the NFL, that goes for all positions. Athleticism cannot be "taught" but there is a certain mental aptitude players have or don't have in their ability to understand schemes, defenses and responsibility. Not everyone can do this.

Its not entirely false. Sure, all NFL players are great athletes, but not all NFL players are athletic enough to play certain positions. Fair enough??? Same goes for mental aptitude.

TXBRONC
09-13-2007, 07:45 PM
Its not entirely false. Sure, all NFL players are great athletes, but not all NFL players are athletic enough to play certain positions. Fair enough??? Same goes for mental aptitude.


I agree. :salute:

broncosinindy
09-14-2007, 09:00 PM
No doubt DJ has all the tools necessary to watch the middle...:D

Each practice, each film session, each game he is going to get better.

You can't teach size and speed. You can teach tackling, awareness, and where to go. He will get it.

I dissaggree. look at warren he was traded becuase he didnt have it between the ears to pick up this D.

the jury is still out on DJ, dont crown him just yet. although i am really happy we got buffalo in week one as we needed a easier team and wth oakland this week. this team could get on a roll that might i like DJ although i think the D line needs to help him out by keeping trash off of him.

TXBRONC
09-14-2007, 09:17 PM
I dissaggree. look at warren he was traded becuase he didnt have it between the ears to pick up this D.

the jury is still out on DJ, dont crown him just yet. although i am really happy we got buffalo in week one as we needed a easier team and wth oakland this week. this team could get on a roll that might i like DJ although i think the D line needs to help him out by keeping trash off of him.

He couldn't have gotten off to a better start. 10 total tackles with a sack included. That's pretty good indicator that he's getting to where the ball carrier is.

broncosinindy
09-14-2007, 09:24 PM
He couldn't have gotten off to a better start. 10 total tackles with a sack included. That's pretty good indicator that he's getting to where the ball carrier is.
Tackles dont tell the whole story. How far the running back was downfield before contact to me does. We know he has the althleticism but does he make his reads quick and is he able to fight off offensive lineman, Fullbacks, and tight ends.

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