Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/16/12
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams came under fire recently for tweeting a picture of Denver's defensive playbook.

Williams showed his fans Denver's new iPad playbook with paper and pencil next to it, explaining that he prefers drawing out plays to his iPad playbook.

The picture showed a play called "Sink Sam 1 Tite" with multiple formation adjustments. 

Some fans and commentators have called for Williams to be suspended or even cut for his actions. Is it really that big of a deal, though?

If Williams is guilty of anything, it's breaking protocol and the established order of the NFL. The playbook should never leave the team. Williams broke an important barrier between NFL players and their fans and opponents. It's completely understandable for his teammates, coaches, or other NFL players to be upset with him. 

But they're not. John Fox and Champ Bailey brushed off the incident. Both seemed to think that Williams made a stupid, but honest, mistake. 

The shared play will be of little detriment to the team. Williams tweeted one play, and the formation adjustments that accompanied it could be easily found by any team that watches film of the Broncos from last year. On top of that, most teams that run a 4-3 defense run formations similar to the one Williams tweeted, anyway. 

The picture won't hurt the Broncos in the long run. Bailey said that "people could look at that a million times and not know what the hell was going on."

Williams made an idiotic error in tweeting the playbook. But he doesn't deserve any further punishment for it. He's already slated to serve a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. There is no need to tack on any more games to that. 

Williams becomes just another example of why athletes need to be cautious when using social media. He's lucky the picture didn't show anything more compromising to Denver's defense. He'll be sure to think his tweets through more carefully in the future. This incident can serve as another warning to the Chris Cooleys, Stevie Johnsons, and Rashard Mendenhalls of the NFL. 

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