Tramon Williams, Most Outstanding Player of 2010

Cornerback Tramon Williams was the best player on the Packers roster from Week 1 through the Super Bowl.

After sifting through the numerous post-season report card grades from reporters and bloggers from various outlets, I thought it was important to single out Tramon Williams as the single most outstanding player on the Packers roster when taking into account the entire season.

I realize the case can be made that quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be the team MVP, an honor which he undoubtedly deserves. That's why I chose my words carefully and said "most outstanding" instead of "most valuable" to describe the cornerback.

But, for my money, Williams was the best player on the team, and that includes outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who finished runner-up in the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year standings and won the Sporting News version of the award.

The biggest reason for this unofficial honor is that Williams played at a such high level pretty much from Week 1 through the Super Bowl, which is a longer stretch than either Rodgers and Matthews.

Not to minimize the impact of the aforementioned dynamic duo, but Rodgers started the season slowly and missed an entire game and a half against Detroit and New England late in the season.

For Matthews, after getting off to a blazing start, he seemed to disappear for stretches at midseason when he was fighting through a painful shin injury that frequently prevented him from even practicing. Dealing with double teams was certainly part of his regression in production, but injury took its toll as well.

Williams was not only consistent all season long, he was consistently good.

Among his most impressive statistics, Williams led the NFL with three postseason interceptions and was likewise no. 1 in combined regular season and postseason interceptions with nine.

Several of his interceptions were highlight-reel, momentum-shifting plays.

Think back to Williams' interception in the first half of the win over Brett Favre and the Vikings and Minnesota for which he was praised by jumping a route he knew was coming thanks to his film study.

Remember his interception in the Packers' Week 16 must-win game over the New York Giants at Lambeau Field that kept alive their hopes of a playoff berth.

Once in the playoffs, recall his interception of Michael Vick in the endzone that iced the win over the Eagles in the card round.

And summon memories of his two-interception game the following week against the no. 1 seeded Atlanta Falcons on the road when one of his I.N.T.s went for a pick-six.

But that's not all.

In the Week 8 win at the New York Jets––one of the season's defining victories––he also recorded an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery all in the same game.

In Week 5, Williams became the first player in franchise history to post a 50-yard punt return and a 60-yard interception return in the same game. He was just the third player in NFL history since the AFL-NFL merger to accomplish such a feat, joining names such as Deion Sanders and Darrent Williams.

Williams led the team with 23 regular season passes defensed this season, held many opponents' top receivers in check and became a much more aggressive tackler too. And don't forget that he spent the entire season as the punt returner without losing a single fumble or muff.

Add it all up and Williams had the best season of any Green Bay Packer.

Grade: A-plus.

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alfredomartinez's picture

February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

agreed...

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Ken at UWM's picture

February 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

Hard to disagree with that. What a year.

Is 23 PBUs the club record?

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Josh's picture

February 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

The Tramonster rises. FO stats show he had 2 penalties called the entire year.

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jeremy's picture

February 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

Tramon killed the Admiral Armbar nickname!

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ShopeIV's picture

February 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

not to mention he broke up the final play of the super bowl

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WayneF's picture

February 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

Plus he's not a primadona like many other present and past top CBs. I'll take your A+ and raise it a +!

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Keefer147's picture

February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

ShopeIV is absolutely correct...I've replayed that 4th down many times to see exactly what happened: Big Ben initially had Wallace open briefly...Tramon adjusted his route and came back on the play while making no discernible contact with Wallace...Wallace had the ball at the top of his jump but lost control of it slightly as he started to come down...Tramon gave the ball an extra push and ensured Wallace had no chance to regain possession and extend the drive. It was an awesome play and typified Tramon's outstanding season. Excellent article Mr. Carriveau!

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Chris's picture

February 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

Cover CBs are just not on the TV screen enough to get more recognition. Tramon plaed at a high level throughout the season, and was was matched up against the opponents top WR most of the time, as Sir Charles was roaming the line of scrimmage. I agree with ou Brian, best defensive plaer this ear, and Rodgers only passes him for MVP because he has the ball in his hand each time the offense gets out on the field.

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Norman's picture

February 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

I probably wouldn't have picked Williams had I been asked the question (would have likely gone with the obvious Rodgers or Matthews), but it's hard to argue with your logic Brian. I wasn't quite aware of all the great plays he's made, and of course as a corner you know he's doing his job when you don't hear his name because they're not throwing his way.

Imagine if Shields makes the typical improvement from year 1 to year 2 that you often see (and given his inexperience at the position, I think it's likely you will see even more improvement than you typically see from rookie to second year vet). Hopefully Joe Whitt stays around as the DB coach because he's clearly doing a great job. Get another pass rusher to complement Matthews and that makes the secondary that much better. And then add Asmough (I can dream!) to the mix and no one will throw on us!

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PackersRS's picture

February 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

100% agreed, Brian.

For my money, Williams was the best CB in the league.

But, as you pointed out, it's hard to qualify a guy whose job is solely to cover as the most valuable player on the team, no matter how great he is at that.

Playoffs, it's another discussion. Tramon Williams was BY FAR the best defensive player of the playoffs, and loses to Rodgers the MVP of the playoffs due to the weight the SB has.

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dennis eckersley's picture

February 15, 2011 at 01:03 pm

Easily the team MVP. It's not even close...and that's not to say that a few others weren't exemplary as well - because the were - but Williams was shocking. The post-season trip was shaping up to be game of the year until Williams had his say. His boomerang to end the half was the play of the season. Bigger than Matthews FF in the Superbowl, bigger than Jennings' 3rd down completion, and perhaps even bigger than Raji's TD.

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dennis eckersley's picture

February 15, 2011 at 01:04 pm

Post-season trip to ATL**

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Jersey Al's picture

February 15, 2011 at 02:52 pm

Don't know about best player on the team, but BY FAR, he's was the best DB and most improved player on the team. Took a quantum leap from Admiral Armbar to just "Tramon."

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Cole O's picture

February 15, 2011 at 03:31 pm

I'm pretty sure Tramon also lead the league in turn over plays(ints, forced funbles, fumble recoveries, ect.).

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BubbaOne's picture

February 15, 2011 at 03:31 pm

Brian, you made a compelling argument while leaving out one of his best plays. Do we win and make the playoffs w/o his 41 yd punt return vs the Bears in week 17? His return led to our first points of the game in a one score victory.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

February 15, 2011 at 05:24 pm

Great point. Very clutch play.

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Starry Barts's picture

February 15, 2011 at 03:32 pm

I read the headline and thought, "Naaahh..."

But, after reading the article, I cannot disagree.

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WoodyG's picture

February 15, 2011 at 04:51 pm

Take away his PR duties in 2011 but add a few snaps as WR ..... He has the speed, vertical leap & hands to be a good one .....

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 15, 2011 at 06:26 pm

I expected him to be a solid starter this year. I didn't think Harris would get his job back. I never expected Williams to be such a dominant cover corner. Between Williams and Shields Capers had no worries and could use Woodson however he wanted. And then in the play offs Capers mixes it up and starts bringing pressure with Shields. Williams was the rock.

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Point Packer's picture

February 16, 2011 at 06:18 pm

Agreed. Tramon was a monster this year. He didn't get the respect he deserved in the larger league, but anybody who knows anything about GB football knows that TW was the man this year. Without him, no Super Bowl and maybe no playoff game period. What a player.

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