Unnamed (of course) Bill: Mario Williams has “totally checked out”

AP

Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams has been complaining about the team’s defensive scheme for months, and the team has already decided this will be his last week with the team.

And it doesn’t sound like his teammates are all that broken up about it.

Via Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News, one teammate who (as you might imagine) wanted to stay anonymous ripped Williams mercilessly, saying he “totally checked out” months ago.

“It’s been clear to me that Mario doesn’t care about anybody but himself,” the teammate said. “He followed that up by not giving any effort during the season and complaining about the scheme instead of manning up and saying he played like crap and doesn’t care.”

On one hand, Williams has a reasonable gripe. He’s been able to get to quarterbacks a certain way, with 38.0 sacks the previous three seasons. This year’s 4.0 stands in stark relief, as he’s griped about dropping into coverage too often.

So to save $12.9 million in cap room, the Bills are going to rid themselves of a guy who doesn’t want to be there, and take away what the squeaky wheel believes is a bad influence.

“Those guys have to be your team leaders and bell cows,” the player said of expensive guys such as Williams. “To not give a crap like that shows why teams need to think twice before investing that much in one guy. We could easily have five solid players contributing than one guy who doesn’t give a [expletive].”

There are other named players who have come down on either side of the situation, with linebacker Preston Brown saying Williams “definitely bought in,” to the system. But Brown might be in the minority, and like everyone in Buffalo, better get a last look at Williams Sunday against the Jets.

66 responses to “Unnamed (of course) Bill: Mario Williams has “totally checked out”

  1. As a Dolphin fan I can say from experience that 100 million dollar defensive lineman are not worth it. They do not have a big enough impact to warrant that type of money. Despite a slow start, Suh was again dominant towards the end of the season and Miami will still finish 5-11.

    QB, WR, and maybe an elite LT….Those are your 100 million guys.

  2. …wonder why he didn’t check out the year before, when the defense was actually good…and didn’t the Jets have the same problems that seemed to correct themselves this year…wonder what the connection is?

  3. Funny how when Wrecks was with the Jets, he kept trying to draft players like Williams for his defense. Now that he has one, he doesn’t know how to use him? I thought all Wrecks’ players love playing for him. I hope the Bills keep Wrecks around a looong time!

  4. Mario, Jaguars on line 1. We run your 4/3, and Jim Schwartz will be your coordinator.

    Welcome to Jacksonville where you can wear shorts in December and there is no state tax.

  5. As a Texans fan I knew that as soon as Rex was hired that Mario would fail. He’s not a 3-4 guy. Within a year of the Texans switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 Defense he was gone.

  6. Rex takes another dam good defense and makes it mediocre at best. Both Rex and Rob are incredibly overrated. At least Rob wasn’t spouting off this time about only being unemployed for “five minutes”.

  7. A specimen without much talent beyond that.
    The guy has one move, and can usually be handled by a rookie O lineman.

  8. They sign a guy who has a talent to get to the QB then decide they don’t want him rushing the QB and they wonder why he is not impactful. Good coordinators put people in a position to use their talents.

  9. You would think a good coach would try to use players to what they do best. But many try to fit a round player into “their” square scheme.

  10. captainwhodat says:
    Jan 1, 2016 10:11 AM
    …wonder why he didn’t check out the year before, when the defense was actually good…and didn’t the Jets have the same problems that seemed to correct themselves this year…wonder what the connection is?

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    No none of the players checked out due to the scheme. Our problems the last few Ryan years was there was eroding team discipline and personel that he inherited prior to the AFC championship game years, no secondary talent to speak of, Ryan loved to stay married to his QBs no matter how much they stank up the place, plus he had no clue generally how to run an offense as we rarely ever had enough points scored even though we stayed in most games due to the defensive, then there was Idzik who was stingy to a fault in not bringing in enough free agents…

  11. Somewhat related, Ndamukong Suh will be joining Mario Williams on Monday, January 4th…..one day after the regular season ends…on the MegaYacht “Getting Paid”….the ultra exclusive yacht booked six months in advance. Previous guests included Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, and Collin Kaepernick

  12. Mario is trash and selfish for giving up on his teammates. Who cares if he doesnt like the scheme, you are paid 100 million to do your job and you quit….that speaks volumes about his true character. Whether it be Rex, his scheme, or Mario wanting out of his contract, it is a selfish and classless act.

  13. Reminds me of Julius Peppers’ and Lance Briggs their last year in Chicago. Buyer beware big time for any team who would pick this guy up. Seems as though complacency and entitlement have set in but then having a bajillion dollars in the bank can do that to people.

  14. Mario is ‘checked out’ because he was minimized by a poor scheme not suited to his talents. It is ridiculous to have a player like Williams dropping into coverage more than once or twice a season as part of a sugar blitz…

    Can you imagine Green Bay having Reggie White and then dropping him into coverage on a regular basis? Mario is not at Reggie’s level (nobody in today’s NFL is), but he is the same kind of pass rusher..

    Mario’s job should always be Get The Quarterback, Get The Man! I look forward to him going someplace where his coach understands and uses his talents.

  15. Nothing new here. Just another big name player who high tails it out of buffalo. Seems to happen to this team on a yearly basis.

  16. This is all on Rex Ryan, folks. He took a very good defense and destroyed it in one year. He’s no different than Chip Kelly. He’s a big bag of wind whose best attribute is his ability to convince people he’s a great coach with his big mouth.
    Mario Williams is still a force as a pass rusher, but not in Rex Ryan’s scheme. He would rather see Williams drop back in pass coverage.
    And as for the unnamed Bills player — have the guts to put your name on it if you’re going to rip a teammate.
    The countdown is on in Buffalo, folks. The honeymoon is over for Ryan. The Bills fans have already seen that he is a joke as a head coach and it won’t be long before the Bills owners realize they made a huge mistake by turning the keys over to Ryan.
    I hope the Jets clobber the Bills on Sunday — and I rooted against the Jets the whole time Ryan was their coach.
    BTW Bills fans — does Rex still have Mark Sanchez’s name tattooed on his arm? Just wondering.

  17. jetsjetsjetsnow | Jan 1, 2016, 10:41 AM EST
    captainwhodat says:
    Jan 1, 2016 10:11 AM
    …wonder why he didn’t check out the year before, when the defense was actually good…and didn’t the Jets have the same problems that seemed to correct themselves this year…wonder what the connection is?
    ————
    Always a Jets fan to comment on Rex Ryan. Whats funny is you have a good season, blame all the previous seasons on Rex, but yet the only thing standing between the Jets and the playoffs is Rex.

  18. It amazes me how little people actually think. The guy 38 sacks in 3 years, gets a coach that has no idea on how to use him, “unnamed” sources, you know, cowards, bitch behind the guys back, and somehow, the guy is a dog. The lack of intelligence and the huge amount of jealousy we have in our society reeks

  19. idpfantasyfootball | Jan 1, 2016, 10:54 AM EST
    Mario is ‘checked out’ because he was minimized by a poor scheme not suited to his talents. It is ridiculous to have a player like Williams dropping into coverage more than once or twice a season as part of a sugar blitz…

    Can you imagine Green Bay having Reggie White and then dropping him into coverage on a regular basis? Mario is not at Reggie’s level (nobody in today’s NFL is), but he is the same kind of pass rusher..

    Mario’s job should always be Get The Quarterback, Get The Man! I look forward to him going someplace where his coach understands and uses his talents.
    ———-
    So its ok to “check out” when you are being paid 100 million and its ok to give up on your team? Mario has shown his true character and their is no defending a player who has “checked out” on his team.

  20. @jjg614

    “fylerguy the bills may have sucked for the last 15 years….”

    There, fixed your statement for you

  21. bworacle
    Jan 1, 2016, 9:18 AM CST
    As a Texans fan I knew that as soon as Rex was hired that Mario would fail. He’s not a 3-4 guy. Within a year of the Texans switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 Defense he was gone.

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    Typical uneducated Texans fan who sleepwalked through 2011 and now runs with a tired narrative that isn’t true because he heard someone else say it.

    Wade Phillips runs a one gap 3-4 which shares many commonalities with a 4-3 for DE and LB duties. Mario Williams was excelling as a 3-4 OLB (technically) who dropped into coverage rarely as a decoy until tearing his pectoral muscle. He loved it here, wanted to stay, but we had no breathing room under the cap whatsoever. That’s what happened.

  22. wattsupwiththatwattsupwiththat
    Jan 1, 2016, 9:46 AM CST
    Why is any of this a surprise? He was known to take plays off for the Texans, and he made a stink when Wade Phillips brought the 3-4 in.

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    This is unequivocally false and a blatant lie on your part. Mario said absolutely NOTHING negative about moving to a token 3-4 OLB position. You new generation of chest-beating Texan fans (for what exactly, you guys constantly bash the one coach who brought us our ONLY period of respectability) never cease to embarrass us to the rest of the NFL.

  23. This is the reason you don’t give out guaranteed contracts. I’m sure my boss would love paying me if I put it on cruise control for a year

  24. Here we go again with the rex Ryan comments. Nobody had a problem other than Mario williams. One player is a crybaby and it’s not his fault, it’s rex ryan. Fire the coach because of one player. He’s making almost 20 million next year, keep him and fire the coach. Blah blah blah

  25. Send him to IR for being mentally warped into thinking he’ll get a better deal next contract, he should of did everything he could to hang on versus quitting.

    A Bills fan.

  26. This is why I love college ball. It’s human nature. When you get these fat checks, u lose your motivation. Not everyone is like that, but most. It’s sad. I’d play football for free.

  27. Where did this rumour come from?

    I thought the Jets would beat the Bills but now that this story has come out I am not so sure. If Mario wasn’t motivated to play good before, he is now.

    Now ask yourself, what coach would throw his own mother under the bus just to win this game?

  28. I don’t care what the scheme is, Mario is not winning one on one match ups. Rex has sent the 4 man pass rush plenty of times and Mario just doesn’t win his match ups. Look at his grades on PFF. That says it all. Rex has Mario rush the QB on most downs and he just isn’t winning one on one battles, even against rookie o linemen he would usually eat for lunch.

    It is absolutely clear to even fans at home that Mario is not giving full effort. That last game against Dallas was many fans final straw. He didn’t even register on the stat sheet. Not one tackle. Not an assist. Nothing. It’s like he didn’t even play that game.
    It’s pathetic.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Pretty clear this guy is poison in the locker room.

  29. Bills fans this isn’t your biggest problem on the D line . The real issue is that Kyle Williams – who is a true warrior – is done and Dareus needs to lose about 30 pounds in order to be able to have any impact at all.

  30. It’s time for Rex to be happy running a defense somewhere. He’s got a great defensive mind, but running the whole show is not his forte. He’s a great motivator, but that only lasts so long before players check out. I wish him all the best!

  31. flyerguy73 says:
    Jan 1, 2016 10:17 AM
    He is on a team that sucks. What do you expect from him? I would be pissed too!
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    What you expect is for him to act like a professional. He’s the highest paid defensive player on the team and ought to act like a leader. No wonder his teammates are pissed. While they’re busting their butts, the highest paid player loafs it and just goes through the motions while whining everyday. No one wants to see or hear that.

  32. rjm0824 says:
    Jan 1, 2016 11:33 AM
    Here we go again with the rex Ryan comments. Nobody had a problem other than Mario williams. One player is a crybaby and it’s not his fault, it’s rex ryan. Fire the coach because of one player. He’s making almost 20 million next year, keep him and fire the coach. Blah blah blah

    _________________________________________

    If you think Rex Ryan is a good head coach, I have a bridge to sell you.

    Look at Ryan’s total body of work. He is a failure as a head coach. And, go back and look at his supposedly great Jets defenses. They were far from great. Time after time, they gave up long drives to lose games.

    As Jack Webb used to say, “just the facts, ma’am”.

    Those are the facts. Ryan is a master at making everyone think he’s the second coming of Vince Lombardi. Apparently, you have been one of those he’s fooled. But you’ll see.

  33. As a Phin fan. I’m sure most QBs rather see Mario drop in coverage. I’m sure Tannehill rather see Williams going back instead of stepping forward.

    As for Mr. Anonymous, grow some balls. At least Williams let his coach, teammates and everyone else know Rexs stupidity knows no bounds.

  34. Rex Ryan. The team he got fired from last year is likely to make the playoffs, and the team he took over, a team that finished > .500 is headed to double digit losses.
    How good is a coach who can’t put the players he has and get them into position to be successful? You have to work with what you have instead of hammering round pegs into square holes,

  35. It was apparent to anyone who has watched him this season.

    Yes, the players have not fully embraced the scheme, but Sorrio’s effort has been downright disgraceful!

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