What happened to Tramon Williams?
He made the Pro Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2010, and looked like the next top cornerback in the NFL. Now, he can barely make an open-field tackle.
Out of all the horrible defensive back play this season, Williams has been the worst. He tackles with his body, fails to correctly play the ball, and gets burnt at least twice a game.
That’s not what fans expected from a 10-year veteran.
The microcosm of Williams season came in the third quarter when Smith stiff-armed him down to the ground. He then walked over him afterwards. What did Williams do? Miss another tackle.
Besides Week 1 and 2, coach Hue Jackson used Jamar Taylor as the second cornerback on the team. Williams missed two games with a shoulder injury, and hasn’t been the same. He wasn’t great last season, but he played smarter and better.
He might not be a fit for the seemingly complicated defense of Ray Horton. This would be his second defensive coordinator in a year. When Williams made his return, he was spread around, and used as the nickel.
He struggled, but at least he wasn’t man-to-man on an island with the second best receiver on most teams.
He stood no chance against Smith or Mike Wallace. As soon as either got off the line, they were already five yards ahead of him.
It could be age and attrition catching up to him at 33, or he just doesn’t have it, but he has been terrible. Next week, he and Haden will have the task of trying to stop Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates.
It could get ugly.
There really isn’t much that can be done about Williams but to let him finish the year, and start over. If they’re truly rebuilding and trying to get young, he’s someone that is holding up the process.