Marcus Williams Receives Loads of Support After Costly Mistake in Minneapolis Miracle

It is a mistake he may never be able to forget. Surely it will go down as one of the most costly missed tackles in NFL history. New Orleans Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams is now one of the sole reasons Minnesota Vikings fans are celebrating what is being dubbed, “The Minnesota Miracle.” Sunday afternoon, the football world saw the young safety blatantly miss a tackle on Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and the rest was history – Diggs was off to the races, scoring the game-winning touchdown as time expired to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship next weekend.

Williams took a day to soak it all in, but finally broke the silence with a tweet on Monday.

Talk about being thrown into the fire and being unable to survive. Williams knew he cost his team the game. But, what’s not surprising to him, is the support he received afterwards from his teammates, coaches and the entire football world.

First of all, in the game against the Vikings, Williams only allowed one reception and missed one tackle, per Pro Football Focus. It is easy to say that he cost his team the game with his only missed tackle all afternoon, but the truth of the matter is that he played a stellar game – which comes as no surprise. Williams had an incredible rookie season.

The second round pick from Utah recorded 73 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes defensed in his rookie campaign. In two games during the postseason, he posted nine tackles, one interception and three passes defensed. Beyond the box-score type stats, Williams was truly spectacular in 2017.

Again, per Pro Football Focus, Williams only missed five tackles out of 90 attempts all regular season which ranked as the sixth best rate among safeties in all of pro football – his last missed tackle coming all the way back in week 12. That’s right – he hadn’t missed a single tackle in two months. Forget missing tackles, though, as out of a total of 659 coverage snaps, he only gave up a measly six receptions – six! That was good for second in the entire NFL among safeties. Williams also failed to give up a single touchdown all season long – until the stunner by Diggs.

Sure, the Saints’ season came to an abrupt and crushing end. But, the job that Mickey Loomis and company have done in terms of turning around a team that couldn’t finish better than middle of the pack over the last few years is nothing short of applause-worthy. In 2017 alone, Loomis and everyone in their draft room hit home run after home run. Not only did they score Williams in the second round, but of course drafted Marshon Lattimore, the Ohio State product, in the first. They also snagged season-long starting tackle Ryan Ramczyk from Wisconsin and the electric Alvin Kamara out of Tennessee in the third.

With a season ending as such, Williams is sure to come back smarter, stronger and better than before in his second year. This was likely the most difficult moment of his career, but being surrounded by great coaching and a talented roster like the Saints have, he will have no problem bouncing back.

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