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Mario Williams: Given the opportunity, I’ll get back to what I was

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03:  Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images) Getty Images

Defensive end Mario Williams wasn’t a fan of the defensive scheme the Bills ran during the 2015 season and he didn’t have much of a problem letting people know about it.

Williams, whose production dropped to five sacks after he had 38 in his first three years with the Bills, complained about the way he and others on the defense were being used on multiple occasions during the season. The year wasn’t over before reports surfaced that the Bills would release Williams to save nearly $13 million in cap space, something that Williams believes will be the first step toward an on-field resurgence.

“It’s kind of crazy when you are asked to do something that is totally different, but yet as a whole it didn’t work out defensively,” Williams said, via Josina Anderson of “But yet I’m the one whose production has fallen off? Like, that is why I’m saying, I’m prepared for anything because I know I’m going to prove a point and that is not even a question in my mind. At the end of the day, if I’m not there, I’ll show you that I’m better than what I’ve been before. Like, that’s just a chip on my shoulder regardless of whether I am there or not, because given the opportunity I’ll get back to what I was.”

Williams repeated his dissatisfaction with not being allowed to “attack and get after it” in the Bills scheme, so it’s clear what he’ll be looking for in a next stop. The Bills are free to part ways with him at any time and Williams would likely prefer sooner rather than later so that he can talk to teams before free agency floods the field with other options.

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37 Responses to “Mario Williams: Given the opportunity, I’ll get back to what I was”
  1. pltn2089 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:33 AM

    Dude go to the Patriot then torment the Bills twice a year and go to a Superbowl. You couldn’t ask for a better outcome.

  2. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Feb 10, 2016 7:36 AM

    He’d look good with a “ny’ on his helmet.

  3. joecancun says: Feb 10, 2016 7:46 AM

    Truly one of the strangest things about team sports. The only goal is to win, but yet athlete production is measured by individual stats. Which are controlled by the coaches schemes, game plans, weather, and the opponents you are playing (ie.,if you are getting thumped by the Panthers, you probably aren’t running the ball much in the 2nd half).

    Yet after the season is over, stats are what are focused on in the media. I can see where metrics and “moneyball” analytics become more important, because this type of measuring is totally outdated and can be very misleading.

    I guess there always will be an “I” in team.

  4. aschwartz2011 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:47 AM

    Licht on line 1

  5. cowboysallday says: Feb 10, 2016 7:54 AM

    I think he would be a perfect fit in marinelli’s scheme! But jerry will probably be dumb and bring back hardy instead…sigh

  6. unclebluck says: Feb 10, 2016 8:11 AM

    Wrecks Lyin’…..

  7. todd6162 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:15 AM

    Another overpaid Weiner

  8. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Feb 10, 2016 8:18 AM

    Mario, you’re absolutely correct, and I wish you the best. You were a true beast for your first 3 years, and in my opinion, worth every penny of your huge contract. Hopefully Rex can get the personnel needed to make his defense and his schemes effective. It shouldn’t be that hard, given the talent, but without Mario, there’s less talent. Go Bills.

  9. mikehuntsmellztu says: Feb 10, 2016 8:22 AM

    I can see him in Silver and Black.

  10. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 10, 2016 8:22 AM

    This guy is a complete cry baby. Peppers changed schemes, fine. Ware changed schemes, fine. Freeney changed schemes, fine. Watt changed schemes, fine.

    I can go on and on about elite pass rushes that transitioned from hand in the ground to 3-4 and kept up their production. This guy though? Complete baby and a quitter.

  11. bleedgreen says: Feb 10, 2016 8:24 AM

    Would he come play for Schwartz in Philly for a reasonable price?

  12. phillyguyindc says: Feb 10, 2016 8:41 AM

    Come play for Schwartz again if the price is right.

  13. agent7g says: Feb 10, 2016 8:45 AM

    Mr. Williams, welcome to the ATL

  14. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 10, 2016 8:54 AM

    New York Giants desperately need this guy.

  15. 67lion says: Feb 10, 2016 9:05 AM

    All anyone needs to do is look at his game tape for the second half of last season: he flat out quit trying! Virtually every play he took two steps, did a little hand fighting or leaned into the offensive lineman’s body and then danced. An incredibly selfish and petulant player! The Bills will certainly release him to gain badly needed cap space. Any other team needs to ask itself if adding such a diva is worth the risk of him tanking when the scheme or the season don’t play out to his personal preferences. The Bills were 8-8 with him…and they can certainly be at least 8-8 without him! Releasing him is addition by subtraction!

  16. fareandbalanced says: Feb 10, 2016 9:11 AM

    $10 says he plays for the Pats next season. In first game against Buffalo he single handedly destroys the Bills then takes a dump on the field and rubs Rex,s nose in it. Next year will be Rex’s 2nd and last year in Buffalo.

  17. cinfante54 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:26 AM

    Although the Eagles are set with Curry, Cox, Logan, Graham at front 4, I wouldn’t doubt they give Williams a call to reunite him with Schwartz. Schwartz always let Mario loose

  18. ejmanuelshands says: Feb 10, 2016 9:36 AM


  19. justorion says: Feb 10, 2016 9:46 AM

    Maybe he can be Hardy’s replacement in Dallas

  20. mogillabb says: Feb 10, 2016 9:48 AM

    Please. What’s the market value for a disgruntled, diva, DE that only wants to rush the QB and will phone it in if he doesn’t get his way? Certainly not the 15-20 million dollars a year he’ll be looking for. Sure, he’d be a great add to a lot of teams who need a pass rusher. Question is, do they want to roll the dice and pay 10-15% of their cap space on this guy?

  21. kfoyo808 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:11 AM

    wonder if the Eagles would kick the tires on Mario. Obviously had success and knows Jim Schwartz. If they can get a lower guarantee deal with incentives galore, he could make that front 7 positively beastly.

  22. tylawspick6 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:46 AM

    Welcome to the Pats. Pass rushing specialist and a ring?

    Forte is coming as well. Gotta keep Brady under Center more…

  23. bennydabeata says: Feb 10, 2016 11:01 AM

    It honestly makes me sick how Rex ruined this team.

    We were locked to be a top 3 defense. The way Tyrod played would’ve easily sent us to the playoffs.

    But instead we dropped Mario, Darues, and Hughes into coverage, well, who knows why. And our D was mediocre at best.

  24. mjd08501 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:02 AM

    I didn’t like the scheme change at all but at the same time great players should fit in any scheme. The fact that Mario’s production fell off a cliff because the scheme changed just shows that he simply is not a great player anymore. He’s a good defensive end and his production will likely be a bit better next year in a 4-3 for somebody, but he’s not worth anything close to $19 million a year, he’s not worth half that at this point.

  25. joetoronto says: Feb 10, 2016 11:51 AM

    He’s gone

  26. raynman49 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM

    But, but, his coach is the defensive genius, Wrex Ryan!

  27. noleitup says: Feb 10, 2016 12:02 PM

    This guy has had some character issues but darn it I would sure love for him to come to tampa. We havent had a guy with 10 sacks since like 07.

  28. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 10, 2016 12:07 PM

    Some team will throw a truckload of money at him but I wonder how wise that would be. I would not be surprised that once he gets a big contract he doesn’t give 100%.

  29. kennyjames21 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:32 PM

    The problem in Buffalo had two side.

    For one, Williams is right that the defense that Ryan brought in was/is garbage. It’s a passive, overly-complicated mess, and Williams wasn’t the only player who complained about it, and he wasn’t the only talented player whose stats dropped dramatically because of the garbage defensive scheme. Ryan took a top five, aggressive QB destroying defense and turned it into a passive defense that was repeatedly destroyed by even average QBs. They went from the best pass rushing defense to the worst in one season with the same exact players. This upcoming season will probably be Ryans last because the game has clearly passed him by.

    Having said that, a lot of the problem is on Williams too. There is no doubt he’s an incredibly talented player, both physically and in terms of skillset. But mentally, he’s flat out pathetic. Even when everything is going his way, he only plays at about 60%, and cant’ be bothered to play the run most of the time. Granted, that 60% will probably get you 10 sacks, but if he played with heart, this guy would be one of the best defensive players in the league. But if things aren’t going his way, he will flat out quit on you and will literally do nothing but stand around on the field. If I had a really good team and strong head coach, I mike take a one year shot on him (because he might actually play hard this year to prove he’s still a good player) but because of what I mentioned above, it’s risky and will probably be very expensive.

  30. effthelions016 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:26 PM

    “Given the opportunity, I’ll get back to what I was” Can anybody tell me what he was besides a bust? this guy quit on every nfl coach he has had.

  31. spoiledsport99 says: Feb 10, 2016 3:18 PM

    bennydabeata….. Exactly how did Rex ruin the Bills? They were an average team before his arrival and are average now. We were a whole 9-7 the year before his arrival, with two of the wins complete luck (vs Lions,Vikings). The great defense that year you refer to also completely choked vs the Dolphins and Raiders. It’s not like Rex inherited the 85 bears. Over react much.

  32. doe22us says: Feb 10, 2016 3:56 PM

    Did he get his ring back???

  33. goattoday says: Feb 10, 2016 7:18 PM

    Denver could use help. Oh, wait…

  34. newenglandcheetahs says: Feb 10, 2016 11:29 PM

    The shutout over an overrated (but who knew) Indy Colts game for the season opener made things worse. Rex’s first game – shut out. Why would he think his D game plan was bad and why would the players think it would be as bad with that same shutout….they wouldn’t. As the season progressed, it was apparent, that Bills D was now suspect, and it couldn’t be the players – exact same roster. I feel bad because it was huge news that Mario wanted to sign here, WGR had 24 hour coverage, it was tons of fun, he played upto his contract the first 3 years, sure did…..too bad we are now going to lose him to an overrated Rex who I wanted to succeed, but now we have a mess again.

  35. kennyjames21 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:57 PM

    spoiled – ryan inherited a top notch defense that led the league in sacks and turned it into a below average defense that was worst in the league in sacks. That is a pretty dramatic fail considering the fact he considers himself a defensive mastermind.

    And it would have been worse if not for the fact that the offense played very good ball control offense (1st in the league in rushing) and taylor took ridiculously good care of the ball and the offense as a whole did a great job of not having turnovers.

    And on top of that, ryans coaching flat out cost the bills games – see the KC disaster where he couldn’t handle simple review calls.

    Ryan was an absolute disaster as coach of the Bills. And yeah, the 8-8 record was similar to the 9-7 record marone put up, but then marone isn’t a very good head coach either so that’s not saying much.

  36. jagmankane says: Feb 11, 2016 4:06 PM

    effthelions016 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 1:26 PM
    “Given the opportunity, I’ll get back to what I was” Can anybody tell me what he was besides a bust? this guy quit on every nfl coach he has had.


    He’s had two teams. Houston and Buffalo. And until he was 30, dude was a beast and just wanted to get paid so he went and got paid. Was all-star until some jack wagon comes in and tries to turn a 4-3- DE into a 3-4 OLB

  37. yoyophil says: Feb 14, 2016 4:47 PM

    Am I missing something or isn’t it better to trade him then just cut him loose?

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