Apparently, Mario Williams needs to get his ears checked.
On Thursday, Williams summed up new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s philosophy like this: “He usually says ‘Kill ‘em or hurt ‘em.’ That’s what I always hear.”
On Friday, Williams took to Twitter to say that’s not what he heard. Usually, always, or ever.
Here’s the full stream of tweets from Williams.
“Just to clarify a choice of words I used: The phrase ‘kill them’ has never been said by Coach Pet or any of my coaches/teammates. I said it as a figure of speech from my ‘perspective’ not literally or any actual intention. Coach [Pettine] has led us in an aggressive D since Day One. We’ve operated in a ‘beat them’ mode this offseason w/ a goal of mentally hurting the offense (future opponents) by being physical and disruptive at the line of scrimmage & through any pass protection. Pressure, TFL, turnovers & sacks.”
In other words, someone from the league office got to the Bills, and someone from the Bills got to Williams.
And now Williams is trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Which actually may turn over to be much easier than putting a $785,000 engagement ring back in his pocket.