The Minnesota Vikings had a solid 2006 when it came to defense, and one player that wants to get rewarded for his efforts is 11-year vet Pat Williams. The 317-pound Williams and the Vikings have been talking about an extension, but according to sources not much in the way of progress has been made for Williams, who enters the last year of a three-year deal in 2007.
Last season Williams was a big reason why Minnesota was so tough on defense, as he played in all 16 games, recording 44 total tackles, one sack and two passes defensed. Not bad for a 6-foot-3 nose tackle. One person who has the upmost respect for Williams is his coach – Brad Childress, who told the St.Paul Pioneer Press Williams is a solid player.
“Pat knows how I feel about him,” Childress said. “He’s a meat-and-potatoes guy. He’s a no-nonsense guy. He always shows up and puts his money where his mouth is. As coaches, you always appreciate that.” While Williams and the Vikings work to hash out a new deal, he feels that the Vikings have a great shot at a successful 2007.
“I think we’re all right,” he said. “I think everybody’s on the same page. Offensive line-wise, D-line, linebacker, cornerbacks. Everybody’s on the same page,” Williams told the paper. The teams weak points appear to be on offense, which is one reason they jumped at the shot to take running back Adrian Peterson in the draft. A running game that can control the clock makes the Vikings already good defense that much more dangerous.
Another new weapon is wide out Sidney Rice, who also got a thumbs up from the veteran Williams at a recent Vikings practice. “They’re going to be great,” Williams said. “I like Peterson. I like Rice. I think those guys are going to be great for us.”