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Pat Williams: Time to Go?

Pat Williams told the Star Tribune this week that the Vikings will be in rebuilding mode for some time to come. Last year he was talking about retiring. Pat said he doesn’t know if he’ll be in Minnesota next year or not, but apparently intends to play. He also said that if he does play elsewhere, he will retain his home in Minnesota because he’s got a son in school here and is a partner in a custom car detailing and modification business.

Williams came into training camp having lost 18 pounds to start the season. Based on my observation, he put them right back on. At 38, he’s the oldest defensive lineman in the NFL. Should he be on the team next year? I believe we should wish him well in his next endeavor.

Williams joined the Vikings from the Buffalo Bills in 2005 and has been part of the Williams Wall, previously the top run-stopping combination in the NFL. Williams’ production has been declining since 2007.

Season Tackles Deflections/ Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef FF
2010 28 20 8 0.0 0 1
2009 44 34 10 2.0 3 2
2008 44 31 13 1.0 3 0
2007 62 43 19 2.0 3 0
2006 44 37 7 1.0 2 1
2005 66 41 25 1.5 1 1

The Vikings have used Williams more “situationally” this year, resting him more and rotating other defensive linemen in for him. No indication from the coaching staff if this was done because his production has dropped or if his stamina isn’t what it was. That accounts for some of the reduction in his production. But does it cover it all?

Williams wants to win a Super Bowl. The Vikings likely aren’t going to be playing in the big game next year. I think it’s in the best interest of the Vikings and Williams to part ways. He may be able to get that elusive ring elsewhere and the Vikings can leverage the depth we already have on the defensive side. Letroy Guion, Jimmy Kennedy and Fred Evans can step up and make the plays.

Do you agree?

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  1. JavaJoe

    Time for Pat to move on he isn’t what he was and it’s time to get more athletic. I wouldn’t be opposed to recycling the line and trying to get a high pick for Allen as well.

    Rebuild, reload 2012 can’t come quick enough.

    1. VikesPrincess (Lisa)

      In my former blog, I actually suggested trading Jared Allen for draft picks as well. And I think we could get at least a 2nd round and a 3rd round picks for him. We have Brian Robison at DE and he’s quite good. We’d have to figure out what to do about the LDE as I think Ray Edwards will be moving on.

  2. Phil

    I honestly believe that Pat Williams is the problem on that front 4. Because he does not get pressure and is inconsistent then he is hurting the rush hardcore. Allen ain’t done, he is just not benefiting from the Williams Wall like he was last year. On top of that the offense was completely out of sorts, which changed the defensive style. If you take away Allen’s games against the 09 Packers he’s had a BETTER season in 2010.

    I’m not sold on Edwards either, but he had a great 09 didn’t he? I blame Pat.

    1. VikesPrincess (Lisa)

      I agree with you Phil, about Pat. He should have stuck to his plans to retire after the 09 season. I’m sure Favre wishes he would have, too.

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