There have been many issues within the Arizona Cardinals in the 2017 season. Yet, they somehow have done a nice job of overcoming those issues and sitting at an admirable 6-7, still in playoff contention, despite most of their offense being on IR.
Early in the season, one of the reasons they struggled so mightily was because of the defense that had a lot of new and moving parts coming in.
After Marcus Cooper left for a payday, it was back to Justin Bethel and Brandon Williams to battle for the cornerback two spot opposite Patrick Peterson.
The Cardinals, late in the process, brought in veteran corner Tramon and the battle was set.
Bethel emerged the winner and played as the starter opposite Peterson the first six games of the season.
Bethel was awful according to Pro Football Focus, allowing six touchdowns and the most yards per snap in coverage in the NFL.
They finally demoted Bethel and in stepped 34 year old, 11 year old veteran has stepped in and been outstanding.
It may be one of the biggest misses by the staff in 2017 that Williams was on ice for so long.
His best performance of the season came in yesterday's dominant defensive performance in the 12-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Tramon Williams was lights out in coverage today! pic.twitter.com/ikXpnP6JjA— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 11, 2017
The play of Williams also likely means… they'll be searching for a new starter opposite Peterson again in 2018. Sure, bringing back Tramon after this season is a no brainer, but can you expect a 35 year old to play at the same level?
Also, it means that Bethel again failed to take the next step while Brandon Williams continues to… work on special teams.
Maybe B Williams is ready in 2018, but can the Cardinals take that risk?
Can they go into ‘18 with only the Williams as the main corners opposite Peterson?
While those are questions for later, the real question is… What the hell took so long to get Tramon in the lineup?