Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams had a pretty terrible 2011 season. Although he wasn’t the weakest link in the Packers atrocious secondary, he was nowhere near his 2010 performance.
Apparently, he never recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered in week one. In fact, he suffered nerve damage and says he still isn’t 100 percent.
“I’ll be able to get to that point,” Williams said. “I don’t know if I’ll get to that point before we start playing. But I believe I can get back to 100%. Once the nerve gets back, I have no doubt that I’ll be back to 100%. . . . It’s one of those things you have to go through. You don’t want to sit on the sideline. If you can play, you play.”
So is Williams blaming his poor play on the injury that caused him to miss only one game? Of course he is.
“I couldn’t even lift a bench press of 30-, 35-pound dumbbells,” Williams said. “It was bad. I kind of tuned it out at some point because I knew I had to play regardless. I knew I could still play but, obviously, it affected me.”
We’re not going to speculate about what might have happened if Williams would have sat out longer. God knows Sam Shields didn’t belong in the starting lineup, so it probably wouldn’t have made much difference.
The real question is whether Williams will be able to return to form this season. We’ll have to wait and see.
If thats really true that he couldn’t bench 35 pound dumbells, thats a huge issue. Srsly how could he even hope to tackle anyone at all?
I doubt having him sit out any longer would have made a huge different (i.e. getting the Packers to the Superbowl). Actions speak louder than words. If he was really hurt then I would expect him to have a stellar 2012 season.
Last year he looked injured and disinterested. Let’s not forget he was extended the year before and no longer needed to play for the big contract.
He still has all the tools to be a top corner. He was a HUGE factor in the Packers now having 4 Lombardi Trophies sitting in a room in the Packers HOF. So, he deserves some patience.
But 2012 is a big year for him.
Am I alone in thinking that our defense is going to be significantly better this year? (Granted, it couldn’t really get worse.) But with the new draft picks and an actual offseason program, I am much more confident. Then again, maybe I am putting way too much stock in coach-speak.