Will Dan Williams Make an Impact?
Jun. 11, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams (92) during mini camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
In Ken Whisenhunt’s system, the defensive line’s job was to occupy the offensive line to free up a blitzing linebacker to put pressure on the quarterback to cause an interception or sack. In that system, Dan Williams never got the chance to rush the QB and show if he can dominate in the league under Whisenhunt.
Williams is entering his fourth season in the league, he has just over 100 tackles and zero sacks. Being considered the third best defensive tackle in the 2010 NFL Draft, there’s something seriously wrong with him having no sacks and I’d bet, being a defensive lineman, he’s looking to get to the QB and make the league feel his presence.
He’s had weight issues since entering the league and that has played a role in his role with the Cardinals. Reportedly this season, Williams has entered OTA’s at 314 pounds and that will help with him staying on the field more often, playing in passing situations and not just against the run.
Keeping his weight down will also help with him rushing the passer and if the defense operates like a 4-3 defense under a 3-4 scheme, then Williams is going to get every opportunity to get to the passer. If Darnell Dockett is going to get the opportunity to do what he does best, then Williams is going to get the opportunity to run people over.
With that being said, as long as he’s used to his strengths, Williams should live up to his potential and actually make an impact. Everyone knows that if a player is put in a position that optimize what they do best, like Todd Bowles does, then yes, Williams should finally make the impact we all are looking for him to do and show his full potential.