One of the biggest problems the Bills had in 2011 was the absence of star defensive tackle Kyle Williams. Williams had an incredible 2010 season, totally dominating interior offensive linemen around the league. To illustrate how dominant he was, Pro Football Focus ranked him the 3rd-best player in the NFL in 2010. That’s not the third-best defensive tackle in the NFL, or the third-best defensive player – but the third-best player in the entire league.
Therefore, the Achilles injury that at first hindered Williams and then eventually ended his season was a big blow to Buffalo’s chances in 2011. And of course his health and effective will have a lot to do with how good Buffalo’s defense is 2012.
Fortunately, there’s good news on the Williams health front.
Speaking to media Thursday, Bills defense coordinator Dave Wannstedt gave a very positive report on Williams’ status:
“Kyle was in town last week and he came back just for his checkups and everything is right on schedule. There has not been a setback in any form or fashion. When he’s going to be cleared to do something and how much, I don’t know, but we’re looking forward to him having a great year, we really are.”
Certainly good to hear. With Buffalo’s pending switch back to the 4-3 defense, Williams will get to play in his best position – tackle in the 4-3 defense. He’ll likely start next to Marcell Dareus in the middle of the Buffalo defense in 2012, and that’s a combination Bills fans should be very excited about.