The distraction came on Friday, but certainly did not linger.
When news broke that D.J. Williams was arrested on Friday morning for driving under the influence near downtown Denver, a black cloud hovered over the Denver Broncos’ facility.
The team captain who is also the team leader in tackles and sacks was better known for giving shots than taking shots.
Leading up to a very important game on Sunday, the grim news could have very well affected the team’s outlook and preparation. However, the Broncos absorbed the off-the-field blow and continued on with their day while Williams was at the detox facility.
When asked about the situation on Friday, Josh McDaniels said that he was very disappointed and does not endorse that kind of behavior from his players or anyone in the organization.
Coming out of a bye week and looking to readjust their 2-6 start, players should be focusing on the remaining eight games rather than knocking back a few at the local watering hole. The Broncos don’t regulate what their players do in their off hours because they’re adults.
When asked about whether or not players have a call service they can call, McDaniels shook his head in repugnance and said,
“They have more than a few means to be able to handle those kind of things.”
It’s absolutely true. Williams’ poor judgment put his life and the lives of others at risk. Because of his decision, the league will be forced to take action for violating the personal conduct code. Additionally, the Broncos revoked his position as captain and did not let him start on Sunday.
Williams finished Sunday’s game with two tackles and one pass deflection, well below his game day average. He missed the first six plays of the game, but then was a fixture in the 3-4.
Give credit to the rest of the defense for picking up the slack. Mario Haggan’s three sacks, Joe Mays’ seven tackles, and Jason Hunter’s fumble recovery for a touchdown made people forget about the Williams’ situation for most of the game.
Williams is one of the best linebackers in the league, and he’s feared by receivers who dare to cross the middle. One place he should not be feared is the roadways.
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