Our buddy Rodney Harrison made some waves last night on Pro Football Talk with some strong comments about Bills defensive end Mario Williams.
“[Y]ou go out and get a $100 million deal, wouldn’t you have taken $80 million and gone somewhere where you could have been competitive every week?” Rodney said. “I think this is a huge mistake for Mario Williams. Mark my words, he will get lost in the shuffle. He will probably fall off the face of the earth.”
Rodney and I talked about the reaction this morning. And while most fans of most teams will always complain about any comment other than “[insert team name] is going to the Super Bowl!” (with or without Tim Whatley), Rodney wanted one person in the audience to understand where Rodney is coming from.
“It wasn’t a slap at Mario,” Harrison told me. “I took less money to go to New England and win. That was my point.”
As to the prediction that Williams could fall off the face of the earth, Rodney pointed to Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. “He’s the best pass rusher in the game,” Rodney said, “but he’s lost. The media only pays attention to the hot teams.”
If anything, Rodney’s comments were an indictment of Ryan Fitzpatrick. “They don’t have a franchise quarterback,” Rodney said.
And the one thing we know about the modern-day NFL is that teams without franchise quarterbacks rarely compete for championships. Until the Bills get one, Mario Williams will quite likely be toiling in obscurity.