Pat Williams Ready to Attack

Pat Williams doesn't like to make things too complicated when it comes to playing defensive line. His answers to many questions revolve around simply beating his blocker and making plays, and that's one of several reasons he is happy with some of the changes this year.

Pat Williams was the first veteran free agent to sign with the Vikings in 2005, but a year after joining Kevin Williams as the starting defensive tackle tandem in Minnesota's defense, everything has changed.

The employer and address changed last year. With that move from the Buffalo Bills to the Vikings, Williams was working with a whole new coaching staff, and the same is true this year. Although the uniform has changed slightly, the team stays the same, but his coaches have changed once again.

First, his position coach has changed from Brian Baker to Karl Dunbar.

"It's better, a whole lot better," Williams said of Dunbar. "He's got everything down pat. He's knows everything he's talking about. He's played before in the league, so he knows what he's doing."

Dunbar has also coached Kevin Williams in college, but none of the defensive linemen say that is a factor. Dunbar isn't showing favoritism, but he is proving to his linemen that he knows what he's talking about.

Plus, under new defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin's "Tampa-2" defensive scheme, Pat Williams says the attitude of the defensive line will change.

"Basically on the field, we're going to try and make all the plays," Williams said. "If the team's weakness is the blitz, we're going to be able to attack it more. Upfield, it's all upfield."

When the Vikings first announced their change to the Tampa-2 defense, rumors started to surface that the move would adversely affect Williams. Not so, says the big defender with a positive attitude. This defense fits his playing style just fine, he says.

While ends Kenechi Udeze and Erasmus James are going to remain on the left and right sides of the line, respectively, Williams and Williams will switch inside, depending on what the alignment calls for.

Pat Williams also cautioned that the defensive line isn't trying to be the old Tampa Bay Buccaneers of recent past.

"We're our own (identity), we're not trying to be like anybody else," he said.

While Williams can be a middle-of-the-line anchor, he is also very quick for his size (listed at 6-3, 317 but looking more rotund). He ended last season with 88 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and nine quarterback hurries.

For a big man, he has some versatility, and he doesn't really care how he's used as long as the results show on the scoreboard.

"I just want to win. I'll do whatever you want me to do, but I just want to win," he said. "That's all I've ever wanted to do since I was in Buffalo – win some damn games, win the playoffs and go to the Super Bowl."

And he feels like all the changes made around Winter Park will aid in that process.

"It's good. Everybody's happy now," Williams said. "Everybody's up-tempo. Energy-wise, it's different. You can just feel the energy."

Sometimes change is good.

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