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Demorrio Williams: Our Average Linebacker

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One thing that we were missing last year from our LB Core was big plays.  Tamba Hali can't do it all and without consistant plays from the other LB's we are going to be in trouble.  A story that was just made today is that Demorrio Williams wasn't over a knee injury and that is why the lack of plays were made.  Seriously?  After the jump I will explain why that might not be the case.

 

I think that to be a linebacker in this league you have to have decent speed especially sideline to sideline.  I think that Williams has shown that speed.  I also think you need to be a sure tackler in this league and with Williams we all know can tackle.  I also think you have to be decent in coverage which Williams needs help in.  He also needs to step up and make the big play in tough game situtations.  I just don't see how having Williams in over Johnson makes any difference.  DJ will let tackles go but make big plays.  Williams will tackle but won't force any turnovers.  Ladies and Gentleman, pick your inside linebacker poison.  Since, I'm a stats guy I will give you a good table over Demorrio's career.

 

Year

Total Tackles

Sacks

Interceptions

Passes Defended

Forced Fumbles/Fumble Recoveries

2004

55

2.5

0

0

0

2005

128

3

2

3

2

2006

92

1

1

3

3

2007

78

0

2

2

0

2008

58

0

0

1

3

2009

117

0

0

6

0

 

He only started all 16 games in 2005 and 2007.  Last year, he started 13 games for us and what do you see?  His second best tackle amount and best passes defended amount.  You also see no sacks, interceptions, or forced fumbles/fumble recoveries.  What made his second year in Atlanta so good?  Was it because he was young and didn't have knee problems?  Well every year after that it seems he went on a decline although he dramatically came up in tackles from 2008 to last year.

 

I think we have to face the facts kids.  We have an "average" starting inside linebacker at best.  He will tackle well and help with run game but sadly he never was a big playmaker on defense even in his younger years.  I'll be amazed if he improves on last years stats.  Go Chiefs!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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