Mike Williams says Lions didn't have plan for him

The Mike Williams reclamation project is one of the more fascinating stories of the offseason.

40 pounds lighter than his days in Tennessee, there is legitimate hope in Seattle he will make the Seahawks and possibly contribute. 

Williams accepts plenty of blame for his failed run in Detroit, but also blamed the Lions for some of his problems.  Williams said he was with an “organization that didn’t really have a plan for me, to say it nicely.”

Williams went on to thank the organization for everything they did for him, and point the finger at himself, saying his “immaturity was fighting them on what I wanted and openly showing how unhappy I was.”

By all accounts, Williams is paying attention to detail now and impressing.  We’ll be impressed if he can keep it up, and have a solid second act ala Tony Mandarich, another draft bust.

47 responses to “Mike Williams says Lions didn't have plan for him

  1. And it was the Lions fault that when the ball hit his hands, he didn’t catch it?

  2. What plan? Like, that he would be able to catch passes with his hands? And run?

  3. The Lions didn’t plan on you going to McDonalds at 2:00 am for 12 cheeseburgers either Mike.

  4. Mike Williams had 4.6 straight line speed and no quickness or explosiveness to speak of. He is what Oronde Gadsden would’ve been if he had no heart.

  5. I wonder how many of the morons that post on this site have any idea what they are talking about. Their reponseses are even less intelligent than the dribble read on ESPN forums.

  6. Read the article guys. He WAS fat. He’s now 230 lbs at 6foot 4 inches.
    IF he can keep the weight off. IF he can stay focused. IF he continues to say and do all the right things, then he’s a steal considering he’s signed to a 1 year contract at pretty much the veteran minimum.
    There are alot of IF’s there but the ball is there for him. If he doesn’t catch it and run with it he has nobody to blame but himself and it costs the Seahawks nothing to give him a try through camp.
    He hasn’t made the team YET.

  7. Yeah Lions should of been smart and kept Roy Williams and tried to trade or cut Mike Williams. Granted Roy didn’t do much for Dallas, but he was a baller for the Lions with a crap team. Then they got Johnson, and oh man that team could of kept rolling with 2 good WR’s and now the RB’s and QB they have. Well no one said the Lions are smart.

  8. I guess the Titans didn’t plan for him either. That fat tub of shi8 can go f’ himself. But speaking as a Lions fan there is some truth to his implication that the team is at least partially responsible. They were the idiots who drafted him. FU** YOU MILLEN!!!

  9. being a lions fan, i would like to say we did kinda mess Mike up like a few other players….we switched from a scheme where yo need big possesion WRS to one that you use small quick ones when we got Mike Martz. We did the smae thing with O-linemen and DB’s. Lets make fernodo bryant a man cover corner even though his strengths are Zone, lets make BLy play zone even tho hes a Man cover Guy, Bodden another example. and O-line to many to list….light quick guys next to massive miualers…pick a scheme plug guys in that fit

  10. But why did he also fail in Oakland and Tennessee, where Lane Kiffin & Norm Chow had very specific plans for him, to put it nicely?

  11. The lions don’t have plans for any of their players.
    face it, Barry left because Detroit sucks.
    Move the team to a place that DOESN’T resemble a dumpster fire.

  12. I’m all for piling on Millen, but c’mon Mike! You got burned for trying to come out early, took a year off, got paid the big signing bonus, and took the next few years off. The Lion’s drafted a WR, not a nose tackle. So of course they didn’t know where to play you.

  13. it wasn’t the lions, it’s Mike Williams, with that said, he’s working hard for HIS coach. If it works, good move.

  14. Move the team to a place that DOESN’T resemble a dumpster fire.”—-CleanSlaton, i can’t believe somone actually has to tell you this, but the fans have nothing to do with the teams overall talent. sorry if i crushed all of your hopes and dreams. oh wait, mike williams is about to do that for me.

  15. CleanSlaton,
    Your 2 comments I’ve read today (this and the big Ben one) are pretty good. Perhaps Florio should give you a job.

  16. # TheOne says: May 4, 2010 5:53 PM
    Yeah Lions should of been smart and kept Roy Williams and tried to trade or cut Mike Williams. Granted Roy didn’t do much for Dallas, but he was a baller for the Lions with a crap team. Then they got Johnson, and oh man that team could of kept rolling with 2 good WR’s and now the RB’s and QB they have. Well no one said the Lions are smart.
    You should pay attention before you post. We did trade Mike Williams to Oakland, before Roy was traded. Moving Roy was one of the best moves the Lions have ever made! We got a 1st 3rd and 6th round pick for a guy who was not living up to his potential. Compare that to the Broncos getting two 2nd rounders for one of the best WRs playing in Brandon Marshall.

  17. You mean like lock you in a room and force you to eat better/less, then let you out for forced runs to get your fat ass in shape?
    They had a plan for you. It was called playing football.
    Then after you FAILED them, they had another plan. It was called unemployment.
    You were a LOSER, to say it nicely.

  18. The Lions didn’t have a plan for him because his plan was to eat as much as he could and not be in shape.
    I suppose Tennessee didn’t have a plan for him either.
    I suppose there is no real plan for a 6’5″ — 280 lb, slow as sh*t receiver with no hands.

  19. One WR is not why the lions suck. The guy looked pretty good in mini camp. Being a Seahawks fan it cracks me up that the Lions keep taking our crappy players and using them as their starters. Mike Williams could be a great low risk high reward for the Seahawks if he stays dedicated. We will see…… God knows the Seahawks could use it!

  20. “I suppose there is no real plan for a 6’5″ — 280 lb, slow as sh*t receiver with no hands.”
    We have just found JaWalrus’ long lost twin.

  21. Exactly what type of “plan” was the team supposed to craft for a fat, slow, lazy, 300 pound WR with a bad attitude? The only plan I can think of is what they ultimately did – they dumped him.

  22. I’m pulling for this day.. hope he does well..
    Having said that, I hate Peter King.
    /unrelated but had to say it.

  23. Could Mike Williams eat more Cheesburgers than Matt Millen….discuss amongst urselves.
    Point here is MW and MM both know more about cheesburgers than they do football.

  24. why seahawks fans are talking trash about lions fans is amusing…both our teams suck…the only diff is that the lions are trying to gain respect and the seahawks are trying to hold on to what little respect is left if any still exist
    but on the mike williams note we were dumb for picking him that high but he was dumb for ruining a chance at a bright career…i myself had high hopes for him but he didnt have the same in himself as he admits…hope he does better this time around…but most likely hes there to help demonstrate pete carrols offense and help facilatate the incomming culture carrol wants to implement

  25. How can you say Tony Mandarick went on to be a solid player and a bust in the same sentence.
    Being a bust means you were terrible period. You cant be solid and a bust at the same time no matter when you were drafted.
    If Your Good your Good if your Solid your Solid if your a Bust your a Bust. No way around it no matter what NFL Networks top 10 says.

  26. Yeah, the Lions messed up by not having a buffet table set up at the line of scrimmage. I’d be upset too.

  27. The Lions never should have drafted this guy…. Roy Williams (at the time) looked good and all indicates were Charles Rogers was going to be solid. You just can’t tie up that much of a team’s salary in wide receivers… especially when your O-line cannot protect the quarterback.
    I imagine there were red flags all over about Big Mac Williams but just like with Charles Rogers, Millen fell in love with him and ignored them (and ignored the needs of the team).

  28. All you Lions fans need to relax and actually listen to the interview because he actually took accountability for his failures and thanked the Lions organization for drafting him. He was actually talking about how he was to blame for them not having a plan because he was fighting the coaches and not buying into the system. He said the only one to blame for his failures was him and no one else.

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