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Mario Williams thinks replacement officials did horrible job

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One of the many heroes for the Jets on Sunday was right tackle Austin Howard.

The spot was trouble for the Jets thanks to Wayne Hunter’s turnstile-like tendencies in the preseason and they were crossing their fingers that Howard would be able to do the job on Sunday against defensive end Mario Williams. The Bills big offseason acquisition was a total non-factor, leading Rex Ryan to praise Howard’s work.

Williams wasn’t so forthcoming with compliments for Howard. Williams accused the Jets tackle of all manners of perfidy during the 48-28 victory and slammed the replacement officials for letting him get away with it.

“Pass blocking doesn’t consist of illegal hands to the face just about every play, which, when somebody tells you that, and you’re five yards away from it, and you walk away like you don’t see him telling you you’re getting punched in the face every time, then that dictates somebody like myself having to take care of that on my own,” Williams said, via Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com. “It’s not something that’s really going to dictate something, but what are you going to about it? You’re getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally — not by accident — just about every other time, and that’s a penalty, last time I checked, unless they changed it with the new CBA or something. Last time I checked, that’s a penalty.”

It’ll take a close review of the 11-on-11 film to see how often Howard might have crossed the line while blocking Williams because he was never penalized nor did he ever get away with a miss so egregious that it registered over the course of the game. In general, the only reason you would have noticed a difference from past officiating is if you were actively thinking about it. There were no mishaps of note in the officiating, excluding Williams’ claims obviously.

Even if he did get away with using illegal technique, it doesn’t explain Stephen Gilmore getting burnt by Stephen Hill for a touchdown, three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and a total breakdown by the Bills on Jeremy Kerley’s 68-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Jets beat the Bills across the board on Sunday.

The Bills and Jets meet again in the final week of the season when the original officials could be back on the job. That might make Williams happy, but it won’t change the fact that he and his teammates got blown out on Sunday.

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51 Responses to “Mario Williams thinks replacement officials did horrible job”
  1. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Sep 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    As bad as Fitzpatrick performance today?

  2. realnflmaster says: Sep 9, 2012 6:46 PM

    No, your team is just garbage and you’re overpaid. Last time I checked, replacement officials don’t throw the football or make tackles. Make it 13 seasons without a playoff birth.

    Enjoy fighting with Miami for the divisional basement. JETS MAFIA.

  3. contrarianjon says: Sep 9, 2012 6:46 PM

    The grapes are very sour in Buffalo

  4. jimr10 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:46 PM

    Mario.. face it..you got your butts whipped and your team sucks. (I am not a Jets fan) As long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is your quarterback.. look for more losses this year.. Should have staying in Houston..

  5. fitzmagic1212 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:47 PM

    sure they were bad but it didnt matter mario we got curb stomped out there. come to play next week we need to be 1-1

  6. floriostoupee says: Sep 9, 2012 6:47 PM

    1-800-waaa-waaa-waaaa

  7. shadcan says: Sep 9, 2012 6:49 PM

    I think the officials in the Jags/Vikes game were terrible too because we also lost. But that’s of course because we lost (don’t tell anyone but they did a pretty good job).

  8. eatingcereal says: Sep 9, 2012 6:49 PM

    He should have punched back then if the officials werent calling it

  9. snowpea84 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    You know what other players have thought, that the regular officials did horrible jobs every other year. So…these guys are on par I guess.

  10. nickcast3431 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    I bet that most of the teams that lost today have a problem with the replacement refs while the team who won didn’t notice too much of a difference.

    I watched most of the games and the replacement refs didn’t do any worse then the regular refs with the lone exception being the GB/SF game.

    Hochuli and company better come back to the table quickly.

  11. maxvv says: Sep 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    And I think Mario Williams got wrecked by a dude on his second career start. Deal.

  12. kingbeason52 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    Boo-Hoo

  13. bchapman2011 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    Wow a team that was dominated on both sides of the ball came out and said that the refs did a bad job……SHOCKING!

  14. billsboy88 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    Mario,
    Maybe the kid was playing a little dirty, maybe the refs were missing it, maybe.

    But you are Mario Williams, the highest paid defensive player ever, a former first overal pick and an all pro pass rusher. You were playing against Austin Howard, a name very few people have ever heard. There is no excuse, if he’s doing something you don’t like, then manhandle him! He punches you in the face? Then you had better bury him into the ground on the next play.
    You were brought to Buffalo to be an intimidating force on the line. You are going to be held, double teamed, cut and chipped and clipped on every play all season long. We are paying you because we believe you are a good enough athlete that those things won’t matter. It’s only going to get tougher from here on out, so zip it, strap it on and go maul someone.

  15. cletusvandam says: Sep 9, 2012 6:52 PM

    Everyone else thinks Mario Williams and the entire bills team did a horrible job.

  16. crp63 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:53 PM

    Seemingly the same old bills….that game in week 17 probably will have very little meaning.

  17. jcjr81 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:53 PM

    Damn dude, what’s with the editorial? Just report the news and keep you biased opinions to yourself. What a crappy article.

  18. nyjets1017 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:53 PM

    he’s just mad he got shut down by a no name. Its alright Mario you got paid, you can give up now.

  19. erif4 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:54 PM

    Poor Mario go cry with your 90 million or whatever he got. The bills got beat across the board today. Let’s hear everyone talk again about how Stevie Johnson plays so great against Revis. I know it’s only the first game but we looked pretty dam good. Up next week a real test. Sanchez is not so bad either when he gets some time to throw.

  20. gator2006 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:56 PM

    Salty after selling out?

  21. mainevent7567 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:57 PM

    while it is clearly not debatable that the jets dismantled the bills…. what does the score board have anything to do with williams and his complaints? It just seems like a low dig at the bills from a writer who, it sounds like, is mad williams didnt just come out and say the left tackle is the best player on the team.

  22. habsman says: Sep 9, 2012 6:57 PM

    Wow, this guy sounds just like the Giants and their fans. Always the refs fault.

  23. pdillon1 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:58 PM

    Oh whatever Mario. You just mad you chose the money and to waste the rest of your career in Buffalo than taking less money to play for Championships with Peppers and Urlacher. Boo hoo.

  24. huskersrock1 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:58 PM

    Williams your team lost by 20, even if your right it made no difference.

  25. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 9, 2012 6:58 PM

    “Mario Williams thinks replacement officials did horrible job”

    =========

    Funny. The replacement refs said the same thing about Mario Williams…

  26. vuudu says: Sep 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    Just play and shut up Mario.

  27. redpoop says: Sep 9, 2012 7:02 PM

    Mario Williams is right. The replacement officials are a joke, just like the replacement players were a joke.

  28. yooperman says: Sep 9, 2012 7:03 PM

    I’m watching the SF-GB game and there are way too many bad calls and missed calls. I lost count. I don’t care who your team is, you would NOT want these guys calling it. They are BAD

  29. udontknowjacku says: Sep 9, 2012 7:04 PM

    The replacement refs are average at best, and I will say the same thing about the normal refs..average at best….Keep up the hard work and they will get better every week…

  30. timb12 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:05 PM

    I’m sure Mario Williams is a way better player than Austin Howard, but it’s good to know that using the whole “hands to the face” routine leaves him helpless out on the field. If Mario Williams is as good as his salary says he is, then he should have beat Howard all day.

  31. dmartin17 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:06 PM

    The officials are the biggest non-story this season. The officials weren’t any where near perfect these past few year so why should we expect the guys this year to be?

  32. somekat says: Sep 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    They were brutal in the Philly/Cleveland game

  33. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:15 PM

    100 million dollar man, lol

  34. petehemlock says: Sep 9, 2012 7:21 PM

    Mario, You were a ghost out there today. The replacement refs can’t see ghosts. Did Fitzpatrick tell you which bank will hold unearned pay?

  35. whitemike55 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:25 PM

    So glad the Texans didn’t spend $100 Mil on this workout warrior. He’s soft and doesn’t have “IT” factor.

  36. fcs34 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:26 PM

    The refs in the Packer – Niners game have been absolutely bush. Embarrassingly bad.

  37. dlmcc1010 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:34 PM

    Theyre not the reason you lost by 20. And then that score doesnt tell the story of how bad they were outplayed. Im not a Jets fan either. Youre paid a tremendous amount of money and without a doubt Rex Ryan was going to point you out as the main guy to try and contain. Of course theyre going to be extremely physical, but this guy is huge and he is fast. He had a lousy game as did the rest of his team. End of stroy

  38. jetsarestacked says: Sep 9, 2012 7:50 PM

    bad officiating huh? how about sanchez’s interception that was upheld by review even though the linebacker clearly had one foot out of bounds. or how about the awful spot that was also upheld after the jets challenged it? if not for those two calls, then the jets put up over 50 points.

  39. lilrob10201 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:53 PM

    Should of stayed in Houston.

  40. majbobby says: Sep 9, 2012 8:07 PM

    My Bills team got destroyed. And the Refs is not cause it. HOWEVER he is right. There is a ton of hands to the face and holding that is going not called it is hurting the pass rush league wide.

    The replacements have NO Idea how to
    Officiate the trenches.

  41. 69finfan says: Sep 9, 2012 8:28 PM

    Dolphin fan here. There were a few bad and missed calls in the Dolphins-Texans game but my team was horrible, not the refs.

  42. electionconfidential says: Sep 9, 2012 9:08 PM

    Wow Mario. You guys made the Jets look like geniuses… ’nuff said.

  43. ningenito78 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    Sorry Mario. You got pwned.

  44. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 9, 2012 9:57 PM

    Sure the Jets Circus didn’t have Williams thrown off his game? He thought the refs were gonna keep the Jets Offense grounded ala preseason,

  45. themightyhoustontexans says: Sep 9, 2012 10:02 PM

    Jets couldn’t get into the end zone to save their lives in the preseason, yet they put up 48 against the Bills and the “$100 Million Dollar Man”.

    JJ Watt probably thought the refs did A bad job too.

    Just go buy some exotic cars and guns with all that signing bonus while you watch your former team make Houston History you over-paid chump!

  46. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 9, 2012 10:21 PM

    After getting shellacked for 48 points all the bills’ impregnable defense have left are silly excuses!

  47. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 9, 2012 10:30 PM

    I love my Bills. Today was painful and prayers to Freddie and David. However, I must say this; Mario Williams you are a fierce competitor–please act like one. That whole post-game interview where you trash Howard and the refs came off whiny and unbecoming of a professional. Focus your energy on getting better. You were a non-factor today. We dont was excuses. We expect execution.

  48. westtupper88 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:36 PM

    There is no excuse for how badly the bills were beat today. I have been a bills fan now for many years and fitz just flat out sucked. He is picking up right where he left off last year. There are only so many chances you can give this guy to prove himself. Bottom line he’s not a franchise guy. He is someone you bring in when your starter is out for week or so and you pray the team gets by. With that said the refs are horrible. Did anyone notice that the flags were not flying today at all? They are afraid to make calls that may alter the game. The fans dictate to these refs the calls to make. The take the safe route and get involved only and ONLY when it is necessary.

  49. monkeyhateclean says: Sep 9, 2012 10:41 PM

    The last refuge of a loser is blaming someone else. Literally, ever single call could have gone against the Bills, and they still would have deserved to lose. Because losers complain, and losers deserve to lose.

  50. maximusprime107 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:50 AM

    Most overrated, and over paid player in the league and it’s not even close

  51. jetstizzi85 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:44 AM

    That may be true Mario but what is the excuse for your DB’s getting burned on almost every play?

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