Schwartz Familiar With Kevin Williams

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 17, 2009 – 6:56 am

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz met with Twin Cities reporters on Wednesday via conference call and had a flattering evaluation for Vikings DT Kevin Williams.

As defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans from 2001-2008, Schwartz said he’s seen a lot of Williams over the years.

“I have seen a lot of Kevin Williams,” Schwartz said. “We really liked him coming out in the draft (in 2003) and did a lot of work on him and knew that he would be long gone by the time we (had a chance to get) him. Playing the NFC North last year we saw a lot of film of Minnesota. So we saw a lot of Kevin over the years and particularly last year. (He is) really, really a skilled player, maybe one of the best three-techniques in the NFL, maybe the best.”

The praise from Schwartz is noteworthy because of his experience (1993-present) in the NFL and his defensive background. Schwartz is also familiar with the effect dominant DTs can have on a defense – he coached Albert Haynesworth in Tennessee for 7 seasons.

Schwartz said Haynesworth is like a 335-pound locomotive that is hard to stop once he gets moving. But Williams, according to Schwartz, is a different type of player.

“Kevin has a very unique skill set in that he can play with power and he can also play with speed,” Schwartz explained. “He can also use moves. He’s not a one-trick pony. He’s got a well diversified game and it makes it hard on people that are blocking him because he can throw all of those different pitches at any time.”

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