DeAngelo Williams: Brady suspension doesn’t affect Steelers

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One of the many talking points that has accompanied speculation about what Tom Brady’s suspension will mean for the Patriots has been the possibility that the quarterback’s absence for the first month of the season will be a good thing for other teams in the AFC.

That wasn’t Las Vegas’ reaction to last week’s news that Brady has dropped his fight against the suspension and it isn’t the reaction of Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams. While Williams feels “everybody has their problems and I am glad they have theirs,” he doesn’t think there’s any correlation between Patriot problems and his club’s chances of success.

“I don’t know why everybody thinks that affects us,” Williams said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We don’t care. You think Big Ben [Roethlisberger] wants to beat a Brady-less team? That proves nothing to him.”

The good news for Roethlisberger is that he won’t be facing a Brady-less team unless the Patriots quarterback is removed from the lineup between his Week Five return and their Week Seven game in Pittsburgh. Winning that game would likely boost Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes, which Williams is right to suggest are tied more strongly to several other factors than they are to Brady’s early season absence.

While one could see why a team in the AFC East might see its playoff prospects improve with Brady missing a quarter of the season, the Steelers have their own division to worry about and their hopes of winning a Wild Card or home-field edge over the Patriots will be benefitted the most by their own play over the course of the year.

30 responses to “DeAngelo Williams: Brady suspension doesn’t affect Steelers

  1. I can respect the players and coaches who say we want to play against the best you’ve got. Not the brainless Ryan boys who think they actually have a chance against a Bradyless Pats team.

  2. knowspinzone says:
    Jul 20, 2016 7:33 AM

    I can respect the players and coaches who say we want to play against the best you’ve got. Not the brainless Ryan boys who think they actually have a chance against a Bradyless Pats team.
    ————–

    They say it. They don’t mean it.

  3. At least he’s saying the right thing. Saying you’d want to face anyone but Brady makes you sound super-weak.

  4. None of this makes any sense.
    DWill’s comments or the posters comments.

    no one respects Brady. He is a cheater and that’s the only reason he won any games ever.
    Just ask Hate Nation aka, the Delusional Crew. The same group of 7 haters that among them own 639 different profiles on PFT.

  5. antonia brown and deangela williams are thankful that VONTAZE BURFICT is missing their Week 2 game.

  6. Had all of the justices who reviewed Brady’s appeal of his suspension looked at the actual EVIDENCE, they would have ruled in Brady’s favor just as the first Justice did – Justice Berman. Instead the various Appeals Court justices opted not to look at the fraudulent evidence concocted by Goodell and his minions and chose to base their decision on the foolish NFL Players’ Union agreement made with the NFL that gave Goodell the power to be judge, jury, and executioner.

    Bottom Line: Had all of the justices involved in the Brady case examined the actual evidence, they would have tossed out Goodell’s case against Brady and, in all likelihood, Goodell would have been fired as an unethical fraud and tool of a number of vindictive (jealous) NFL owners.

  7. .
    Those who think that it’s a lead pipe certainty that the Patriots will go 0-4 without Tom Brady are going to be sadly mistaken. On paper ( and before injuries) , this is the strongest 1-53 roster the Patriots have ever had. Garopollo is not going to be out there alone.

    The return of RB Dion Lewis and LT Nate Solder from injury, plus the addition of TE Martellus Bennett and WR Chris Hogan shores up the offense. Free agents DLs Chris Long, Shea Mclellin and Terrence Knighton, plus the addition of rookie CB, Cyrus Jones, strengthen an already stout group on defense .
    .

  8. Fragile Ben doesn’t have anything left to prove.

    Of course players want to play teams that don’t have their starting quarterback.

  9. He’s absolutely right. Teams need to take care of their own business and not rely on another team to do it for them. This is why the rest of the AFC East will fail, they don’t think this way.

  10. infectorman says:
    Jul 20, 2016 8:45 AM

    no one respects Brady. He is a cheater and that’s the only reason he won any games ever.
    _______________________________

    Really??? You make me laugh.

  11. frappe123 says:
    “..Bottom Line: Had all of the justices involved in the Brady case examined the actual evidence, they would have tossed out Goodell’s case against Brady…”

    How so?
    This wasn’t a trial.
    This was a hearing to determine whether or not Goodell overstepped his bounds – and since the players gave away the farm in their last CBA, granting Goodell the power of judge, jury and executioner over matters of discipline, he didn’t.
    How could he?

    ..and why can’t you guys grasp that?
    Tell me more about the Ideal Gas Law… 🙄

  12. Bottom Line: Had all of the justices involved in the Brady case examined the actual evidence, they would have tossed out Goodell’s case against Brady and, in all likelihood, Goodell would have been fired as an unethical fraud and tool of a number of vindictive (jealous) NFL owners.

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    Give it a rest…..you lost the case and can’t change it and I believe outside of New England people really don’t care so stow it Alice!

    Williams is absolutely correct in what he said. The Steelers are a team that should worry the Pat’s ……I don’t know if they will beat them….but they can.

    And for the Bungals troll playing the injury crap karma will pay the Bungals another visit in January if they don’t clean up their act.

  13. The Bottom line…. Brady has beaten every team in the NFL

    None of the teams on this years schedule will say they are happy they are not playing Brady….want to know why??

    because of the Patriot way… every player on this team will be playing sky high the first 4 games to prove they can will with or with out Tom Brady…Want to know why??

    Because that is how Coach Bill trains and teaches them.

    2016…patriots 13 & 3 or 14 & 2 Playoff bound….and at least a home game in the playoffs… This year we stand to win it all despite the loss of #1 pick, and 4 games with out the HOF QB……bank on it and fear us….

  14. Williams is just a class guy who tells it like it is. Its going to be nice watching him and Bell as the main backs instead of watching your number 3 back crumble like last season.

  15. FoozieGrooler says:
    Jul 20, 2016 9:13 AM

    Tell me more about the Ideal Gas Law…
    —————————–

    If you haven’t understood it by now, you are probably too stupid to ever understand it.

  16. @dsigrey.

    You pulled one sentence out of a larger post and question it. Really?
    Did you not read the rest of the post?

    It’s called sarcasm.

    2 esteemed members of the delusional crew have popped up on this very story. But you knew that already because they’re like moths to a night light.
    can’t stay away from NE because we are in the heads, 24/7/365

  17. FoozieGrooler says:
    Jul 20, 2016 9:13 AMp

    ..and why can’t you guys grasp that?
    ===================================
    Cause there’s nothing to grasp, Footsie. The Patriots under Belichick and Brady are one of the top football teams to ever play the game. Their winning record proves that. The other owners and NFL head office has already acknowledged that. And it’s for that reason they collectively took advantage of the parity imposing opportunity called deflate gate. Maybe that’s something you need to grasp, drooler.

  18. I wonder why all those left-leaning, labor friendly judges upheld Brady’s suspension. It’s almost as if they knew what a lying, cheating lowlife he is.

    I am curious though, when I can expect that billion dollar defamation suit to be filed. I keep watching for it.

  19. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 20, 2016 8:48 AM

    antonia brown and deangela williams are thankful that VONTAZE BURFICT is missing their Week 2 game
    ___________________________________

    Williams won’t even see the field in that game unless Bell goes down on another Text Book Wrap up from behind.

    And as a Bengals fan, I’m glad to be facing them without Burfict. He’s obviously the number one play maker on defense, but I believe he will blow his top again against them. I’d rather him miss that game than do something stupid. Save him for the other games.

  20. HATERS:

    H- HAVING
    A-ANGER
    T-TOWARDS
    E-EVERYONE
    R-REACHING
    S-SUCCESS

    ENVY……WELL ….THAT IS TRULY WHAT HATERS REALLY FEEL DEEP DOWN IN THEIR HEARTS WHEN THEY HATE ON THE PATRIOTS

  21. DeAngelo Williams is too much of a dullard to get it, but Brady’s suspension has an impact for everyone, since it established that:

    -Roger Goodell make make up any accusation he wants, against anyone

    -Roger Goodell can stoke public opinion with outright lies

    -Roger Goodell can ignore all facts and all semblance of due process

    -Roger Goodell can assign any punishment that he chooses, for any reason or for no reason, just “because”

    -The only person who can stop Roger Goodell is… Roger Goodell

    All players and all teams should be worried that they are next in line to be framed.

  22. Wasn’t it DW that said that everyone hates playing for BB in one of his tweets last year… Personally I think he’s just another clueless hater who likes to hear himself talk…

  23. Right now it doesn’t. But when Brady returns from his suspension with a chip on his shoulder the size of the Empire State Building it will.

  24. The Patriots will lose at Arizona and that’s a game they might have won with Brady. The Patriots can still win those three other home games against Houston, Buffalo, and Miami. They will be 3-1 or 2-2. This isn’t the end of the world.

  25. Steelers fear no team in the AFC and will welcome playing any team’s best including brady. If the team can ever stay healthy and play like their supposed to offensively, no defense is stopping this offense.

  26. Even without Brady the Patriots have the best qb in the division. I would take Garappolo over the other 3 starters right now in this divison. Good luck losers. The ABC East is already won and the Super Bowl is next.

  27. truthprofessor says:
    Jul 20, 2016 10:50 AM
    DeAngelo Williams is too much of a dullard to get it, but Brady’s suspension has an impact for everyone, since it established that:

    -Roger Goodell make make up any accusation he wants, against anyone

    -Roger Goodell can stoke public opinion with outright lies

    -Roger Goodell can ignore all facts and all semblance of due process

    -Roger Goodell can assign any punishment that he chooses, for any reason or for no reason, just “because”

    -The only person who can stop Roger Goodell is… Roger Goodell

    All players and all teams should be worried that they are next in line to be framed.
    ———————————————

    Au contraire, it was in fact the Steelers who were the one and only team who warned all others about voting for the new CBA, which they correctly predicted would turn Goodell into the “just because” dictator he is today.

    If anyone was a “dullard” it was Tom Brady and everyone else who voted for it anyway — even AFTER they got warned. Don’t be looking Williams’s way for that one.

    Better learn what’s what, chum.

  28. rideforjesus says:
    Jul 20, 2016 10:41 AM
    HATERS:

    H- HAVING
    A-ANGER
    T-TOWARDS
    E-EVERYONE
    R-REACHING
    S-SUCCESS

    ENVY……WELL ….THAT IS TRULY WHAT HATERS REALLY FEEL DEEP DOWN IN THEIR HEARTS WHEN THEY HATE ON THE PATRIOTS
    ————————————–

    Why on earth would the team with the MOST Super Bowl trophies “envy” teams with LESS?

    You really need to think this one through, Sparky.

  29. As usual, the Steelers have the edge over the Patriots, in talking crap.
    I’m not referring to this article, but a few others, when Williams had a lot to say about the Pats. Yet, it seems that it is Pittsburgh, not New England who will be missing the most high-profile talent to suspension this year. That’s why A back up, such as D’Angelo, gets a chance to play-and talk way too much.

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