I think this game against the Patriots showed one really big thing for the Chargers defense, it showed just how important Jamal Williams is to our defense. For the first 5 games of the season williams was not at all 100% and because of it our run defense suffered and there was not real pressure on the quarterback.
Then during the pats game williams seemed to be 100% and the defense was significantly better, i mean really better. Now williams may not make all the big plays but he forces two o-line men to take him and just has an overall tough presence. And i think his biggest contribution had to be during the goal line stand when he helped make a stop on almost every single play. Also he was just all over the field and you could just feel his presence.
He also improved the rest defense because Luis Castillo and Igor Olshansky also played a lot better and matt cassell seemed frazzled all night. I think williams really showed how important he is to this defense and showed that without him our defense takes a big step down.