@Striker - Omaha, NE - Jan. 15, 2018 12:18 p.m. - "And if I read one more
BYU fan saying they feel for a ute, I'm going to scream. They are so full
of hate and distain for BYU, so please dispense with the pleasantries."Get real: if BYU fans would've said they hate Marcus Williams for
making such a terrible play, you would have cried foul that BYU fans were
hypocrites for not exercising love and compassion.And now that we do
express empathy and compassion you want us to hate him? Does. Not.
Compute.Lose the hate, bro, lose the hate....
Williams blew the tackle. I get it. But, since I always dreamed of what it
would be like to play in professional sports and never being good enough to get
anywhere near that level, I'm going to give him some slack. A lot of
slack. He's in the NFL, I'm not.In many ways, I think the
impact of this error is compounded by the fact that the Saints are out of the
playoffs--there is no game 7 to fall back on. The difficulty in overcoming this
is how often the Saints, and Williams, get back to the playoffs so that he can
make up for this mistake with a better playoff game. Here's hoping.
Otherwise, a great regular season career can be overshadowed by one playoff,
especially if that's the only appearance in the playoffs.
I don't care if Marcus Williams is a Ute, a Cougar, a Bronco or a Vandal -
I feel badly for him. I'm reminded of that famous speech by Teddy
Roosevelt about being "In the Arena." Yes, he botched the play - no
getting around it - hopefully it doesn't dog him for the rest of his
Bluto - Sandy, UTJan. 15, 2018 6:36 p.m.Rough week to be a
Ute!-------Yep, you take the good with the bad. All part of being a
true, and not a fair weather, fan. Peace!
I feel sorry for Williams,not so much for some Ute fans whom I know
for a fact wouldn't be showing even the slightest amount of sympathy if
that had been a former BYU player.You know who U are.
Striker - Omaha, NEJan. 15, 2018 12:18 p.m.And if I read one
more BYU fan saying they feel for a ute, I'm going to scream. They are so
full of hate and distain for BYU, so please dispense with the pleasantries.-----------Go ahead an scream; talk about hate and distain. Good Grief,
being bitter and hateful is a sad way to go through life. Give it a rest Sporto.
Rough week to be a Ute!
Sorry but this was worse than Buckner. The Red Sox still had game seven to play.
This one play lost the game in probably the worst defensive play (timing wise)
in sport history. Please try to think of anybody else that choked that bad on
one play to single-handedly lose in the playoffs. I'll even except regular
season. Any sport.I'm not just piling on. I'm sure he'll do
fine going forward. But Man. What happened?
One play does not define a player, but this one will be remembered for a long
time. Too bad the good ones aren't remembered as well.
SoonerUteUtah fans blaming BYU fans for William's whiff being
labeled one of the WORST MISTAKES in NFL Post-Season History.Classic.
OsgrathI think that Buckner's name will always be associated
with his whiff, because, as you said, he had already established himself in the
sport and was well known.Williams whiff will always be remembered,
but it all depend on how successful his career is, whether his name will remain
associated with the whiff, or whether fans will simply say, "Remember that player from the Saints who totally whiffed on an easy
tackle giving the Vikings a playoff win?"
Sooner Ute, the majority of the comments here about Williams failure were made
by people with "Utes" in their handle, which is fine, they are entitled
to their opinions. On the other hand, with a couple of exceptions, people with
Cougar backgrounds are empathetic. Don't let partisan fanship get in the
way of logic, please. As for those few that faulted me for not
drawing a more direct connection with Bill Buckner, first of all, let me point
out that by writing "someone," I was observing the DN rules about not
ridiculing individuals on this forum by making it anonymous. It might surprise
you to know that I was listening to various commentators and social media
opinions, and I am aware MANY people drew the comparison, but not justly, in my
opinion. Buckner's was his swan song, Williams had a stellar
year as a rookie, had already picked up an interception in the game, and has a
long career ahead of him to atone. In 10 years nobody will remember his error.
@ND95CA: "Despite the excuse-making spin, Williams completely whiffed on a
routine tackle"@SoonerUte: "That's not what ESPN says,
which makes all Cougar comments the blue-goggled spin."Really?Apparently, not everyone at ESPN agrees with your
crimson-goggles spin:Stephen A. Smith (ESPN): "This mistake by
Marcus WILLIAMS — missing that play on Stefon Diggs — May be the
absolute WORST MISTAKE I’ve ever seen in NFL Post-Season History. If
it’s not THE worst it’s certainly up there. All the man had to do is
make a tackle and the game is over. Horrible, Horrible Error."Doesn't sound like Stephen A. thought it was a difficult play to make.
He just misplayed the situation. He came in too early and was afraid to hit the
guy for fear that would draw a pass interference call; therefore, he veered to
the side. I feel bad for him - it was just one of those things.
"Despite the excuse-making spin, Williams completely whiffed on a routine
tackle"That's not what ESPN says, which makes all Cougar comments
the blue-goggled spin.
Williams' decision to go low and his execution of that attempt was
inexcusable. Had he played what was certainly the last play of the game more
conservatively and just made sure the receiver was tackled, he would be
practicing for the NFC Championship right now.But the way he faced
the media quickly, directly and honestly was one of the classiest thing I have
seen in sports for a long time. I am no big fan of the Utes, but I am one of of
Marcus Williams from now on.
I don't think I've ever seen a player whiff that badly on a player
that was up in the air and couldn't have juked if he'd wanted to - so
basically, a stationary target.He not only whiffed the tackle, he
also took out the only other defender in the area.
Despite the excuse-making spin,bottom line,Williams
completely whiffed on a routine tackle that would have won the game.The whiff was so obvious, that Viking players were absolutely stunned at their
The missed tackle was the stuff of high school players, not professionals. I
didn't care who won either way in that game, but I was watching and I could
not believe what I saw. I didn't know or care who the guy was, but
questioned whether he was even qualified to be on an NFL, playoff caliber team.
For all of you trashing on Williams handling of the play, consider the
following:1. Marcus got to the ball. Perhaps a tad EARLY, which is
usually better than being late.2. He tried to avoid a pass interference
call.3. He had likely been told to avoid making a receiver go out of
bounds on a catch. 4. He tried to avoid a targeting penalty.5. If
Diggs caught the ball and was tackled in bounds, game over, no timeouts (3-4
seconds left, not enough time to rush up and spike).Did he make a
mistake? Yes. However he was trying to play hard, fast, and do the right thing.
Sometimes things happen. It's not the worst thing in the world and
won't be the end of a promising career. He will rebound from it. His team
is set for another great year as long as Brees returns.
And if I read one more BYU fan saying they feel for a ute, I'm going to
scream. They are so full of hate and distain for BYU, so please dispense with
The NFL Network posted a really good video by Dion Sanders and others discussing
what was going through his head. They said you are taught to keep the play in
front of you. He could have not wanted a penalty on the last play, trusting his
teammates would help. Listen to professionals, not fans who are clueless. It
was the spectacular pass by the offense, so give the credit to them. The
defensive call did not account for that scenario.
Not a good day to be a ute yesterday .... Felt terrible for Williams on such an
easy fundamental game winning whiffed tackle ....
Osgrath"Someone here feels it appropriate to evoke Bill Buckner
referring to this play. There is no comparison."Actually, there
are lots of comparisons.A completely whiffed, routine play, that
snatched defeat from the jaws of a post-season victory.Buckner will
always be remembered because of his career.Unless Williams goes on
to have a stellar career, only the play will be remembered.
Osgrath"Someone here feels it appropriate to evoke Bill Buckner
referring to this play."Check social media - it's not just
one person here, but lots of fans who were watching the game.The
Weekly Standard dubbed Vin Scully's call of the Buckner whiff over a replay
of William's whiff.Regardless of how you spin it, just like
Buckner whiff, this is a play that will be remembered forever by everyone who
was watching the game live or who has watched the replay.I feel
sorry for the kid, because there was no excuse for whiffing so completely on a
game winning tackle.
As a Vikings fan, it was a great day! As a BYU fan, I found no pleasure in
seeing Williams make this huge mistake. I hope he can pick himself up and carry
on with his promising NFL career. I would also observe that it's not
necessarily over if he makes that tackle. Diggs caught the ball with 5 seconds
remaining and if Williams had made the tackle it's conceivable that Diggs
may have gone out of bands at around the 33 yard line (well within field goal
range) and thus stopping the clock.
My first reaction to this play was it was a reaction to the targeting rules.
Williams' instinct was to crush the receiver. But then his mind flashed to
a targeting call and a fifteen yard penalty to set up a field goal. Of course,
we'll never know, but it's the only explanation I have.
He missed the play but he didn't miss his response to it. He's good
man of strong character with great athletic ability.
Someone here feels it appropriate to evoke Bill Buckner referring to this play.
There is no comparison. Buckner was at the end of his career, Williams is just
starting. We always remember more recent events: Buckner's error put a
stamp on his career, the next decade or so will define Williams'. We can be
pretty sure Williams will redeem himself many times over in coming years, given
his gifts, skills, heart and professionalism.
In reference to this tackle and Andrew George....Utah: STILL not
@ Uncle Rico - Provo, UT - Jan. 14, 2018 7:31 p.m. - "Bad play by Williams,
but he did have an interception that put them in position to win - without that
they lose. The Saints defensive coaches have to also take a lot of the blame
here. Better defensive call with 10 seconds left was needed."It
was all the defensive coaches' fault?Buddy, those defensive
coaches have about as much responsibility for that horrible tackle attempt as I
do for your silly post.
As a rookie he earned the starting spot on a very good NFL team, had 5 picks for
the season and continues to have the support of his coaches and team mates.
Watch him go and bring positive attention to himself, his NFL team and Utah Utes
Football as his career progresses. Go Utes in the NFL!
I can see where Pugman is coming from. How a professional football player can
miss such an easy tackle, and look so awful attempting it, is beyond
comprehension. Yeah, I kind of feel bad for him, but sheesh, I’ve never
seen such a poorly missed tackle even in Pee-Wee football! The game was over if
he just makes that simple tackle!
Ouch! That's going to hurt for a long time....
If Williams had made even slight contact the receiver would have gone down
(since almost did with no contact), but Williams completely whiffed, except for
taking out his team mate.A Bill Buckneresque play that will likely
follow him the rest of his career.
Lot of people trying to cover for Williams, especially his teammates, good for
them. But this was flat out embarrassing and nothing more than trying not to get
hurt. This is the playoffs, lose and go home. Save the pretend hit for regular
season games that don't count.
Defensive backs never wrap up. Just shoulder back moping. Very pathetic
I don’t know if “missed tackle” paints an accurate picture of
what happened there.
Most awesome moment was when the Vikings QB said that this was the third best
moment in his life, surpassed only by giving his life to Jesus and marrying his
wife. What an awesome testimony!!!
I'm a BYU fan but can't help but feel sorry for the former Ute. Almost
a hero, instead a laughingstock. It just shows the importance of always
following the fundamentals of the game. To those saying this is
proof of a rigged NFL, I don't see it. Williams didn't do that on
purpose to throw the game. He just messed up big time is all. It happens, even
to really good players such as himself.
Not only did Williams completely whiff on the tackle, he took out the only other
Saint who had even the remotest of chances of making the tackle.
I feel sorry for the poor guy.
Marcus Williams now the dubious honor of quite possibly the worst defensive play
in nfl playoff history.
The NFL is about as real as pro wrestling.
Watch the last play of that game. No one will ever convince me that that game
Bad play by Williams, but he did have an interception that put them in position
to win - without that they lose.The Saints defensive coaches have to
also take a lot of the blame here. Better defensive call with 10 seconds left