In 2008, he came back from a knee injury and recorded 132 tackles in the season, In 2009, under the focus of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Vilma has truly thrived. Williams believes in a diverse set of defensive schemes above all - it's all set up to fool the opposing offense into thinking you're doing what you're not. As much as he's known for heavy blitzing, Williams is just as apt to back seven or eight guys into coverage from a blitz look as he is to bring the house. Because Vilma is able to match his gift for forward motion with an ability to drop into the seams and cover, he's the perfect man in the middle for a defense that has had a complete overhaul in the last 12 months. In the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning(notes) will think that he has short-to-intermediate stuff open, and he won't. Vilma is one of the main reasons that will be the case.
- Eric Mangini
- Gregg Williams