Could Cadillac Be Driving Elsewhere?

August 21st, 2009

Anyone who spent time at training camp practices could easily name the fan favorite.

Cadillac Williams.

Every time he touched the ball, the crowd came alive, often with near-standing ovations.

But how might the fans react if Williams, coming off of two knee injuries in as many years, is cut? That’s a premise being floated by Vacation Man of

So where does that leave Williams?

Well, you have to start by looking at the numbers. By making a sacrifice somewhere else, the Bucs probably could keep five running backs on the roster. Maybe they only keep four. I don’t think Williams will be the odd man out, but I’m not totally writing off that possibility.

And don’t go suggesting the Bucs should trade Williams — they’re not going to get anything in return for a guy with so many questions about his knees.

My best guess is the Bucs will keep Williams and try to sneak Huggins onto the practice squad. But, even then, is there really much of a role for Williams?

Joe too thought it a no-brainer that Williams, along with Ward, Graham and Smith, would give the Bucs an elite backfield. But something ran across Joe’s mind watching the first quarter of the Bucs game in Nashville:

Is Earnest Graham cut out to be a good runner in this new zone blocking scheme? Graham isn’t much different than Williams in running style. There were holes on the left side of the offensive line that Joe expected to see Graham shoot through for seven (or more) yards, but the play never developed.

Granted, it’s so early that it’s preposterous to jump to conclusions based off of a handful of runs in the first quarter of the first preseason game against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Still, Joe can’t get that image out of his head.

Joe wondered about the possibility of Graham losing a step during an appearance earlier this week on the “Ron and Ian Show” on WDAE-AM 620. Ian Beckles, a former zone blocking scheme NFL offensive lineman himself, thought that this offense does not meld well with Graham; that it needs a scatback to succeed.

Beckles called Graham “a foot-in-the-ground” type of runner.

If, as Beckles suggests, Graham may not be a good fit, then it stands to reason Williams may not be either.

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