Breakdown Of Steelers LB Vince Williams Versus Ravens

By Alex Kozora

A breakdown of Vince Williams’ snaps vs the Baltimore Ravens.

*Not including the three kneel downs Baltimore had at the end of the game with Williams on the field.

First Drive

Snaps: 3

Run: 1

Rush/Drop: 1/1

1. 1st and 10, 12:24 1st. Playaction on the Ravens first play of the game. Williams in zone, drops and looks if there’s a receiver in his quadrant but there isn’t one. Joe Flacco throws deep on the play.

2. 1st and Goal, 10:17. Pittsburgh Steelers with just ten players on the field. Williams shoots “B” gap. Ravens run Lead Strong with the back following FB Vonta Leach. Williams takes on the block ok. Leach gets the better of him, understandably so, but Williams is able to basically collapse and help take away the running lane. Best thing to do on the goalline.

3. 2nd and Goal, 9:54. Similar look but playaction. Blocked by the extra lineman who gets his arms extended into Williams and keeps him at bay.


Second Drive

Snaps: 1

Run: 1

Rush/Drop: 0/0


1. 3rd and 1, 1:56 1st. Leach tries to plow him over on a lead block but Williams with his best play of the game. Wins this battle against the Ravens fullback, getting low and blowing Leach back, making the tackle against Bernard Pierce immediately after. Ravens do pick up the first down but no fault of Williams here.

Third Drive

Snaps: 1

Run: 0

Rush/Drop: 0/1


1. 1st and 10, 15:00 4th. Playaction. Not much to note here though I wonder which (if either) between Williams and Lawrence Timmons was responsible for carrying Ed Dickson vertically, who leaks out and is wide open on the backside.



Snaps: 5

Run: 2

Rush/Drop: 1/2

Williams snap counts have dramatically fallen off. Just 39 snaps in the last three weeks. Eight in this game including the three kneel downs. Tough as a player to develop with so few snaps, especially spread so far apart (not playing in the second and third quarters before receiving a lone snap to start the 4th).

Essentially, the base defense of the Steelers is dime. And until they use more base, it’ll be difficult to judge Williams.

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.


    Any thoughts on whether we would be using so much Dime and Quarters packages if Larry Foote were not injured?

  • dgh57

    I must say I like the way he takes on that block in the middle gif and still make the tackle!

  • Don

    I think there would not be nearly as much Dine and Quarters if Larry Foote was still playing..It certainly has been a result of inexperienced players and depth at ILB…Its also why now TP has become much more of a hybrid..

  • steeltown

    Awesome play, very encouraging

  • steeltown

    I like Vince Williams, as mentioned due to defensive packages he has a reduced role in recent weeks but this kid is still very young and looks like he has a bright future. I hate to say it but he could make Foote expendable in the offseason, especially considering we need all the cap space we can get. I think its a dead money charge of around 600K if Foote is released with nearly $2MIL cap savings. I have always liked Foote, but this Defense is in a youth movement and I wouldn’t be all that upset is Foote becomes a cap casualty.

  • Steve

    With you on that, Foote will be gone, he was getting ate up this year before he was hurt. After the last 2 years we need to get younger. This should be Keisel and Clark’s last year. Both were good players but their time has ended. Ike may have a year left but his play is off also.

  • BurgherinMD

    Ike needs to take a big pay cut. They also need to draft a corner or two and not have them take as long a K. Lewis to develop.

  • Steve

    There are some nice corners out there to be drafted. But they will still take a few years to develop. Woodley needs to take a cut IMO and a few other on here.

  • BurgherinMD

    Agreed. His calves and hamstrings have kept him on the sidelines far too often since the Pats game in 2011.