Mario Williams had a hugely disappointing season playing for Rex Ryan in 2015, recording just five sacks — less than half of his previous low in Buffalo. But he thinks he’s now in a place where his pass-rushing talent will be utilized properly.
Williams told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post that the Dolphins’ defense allows him to do what he does best — go get the quarterback — whereas he had responsibilities in Ryan’s scheme that didn’t suit his talents.
“Everything is that much sweeter as far as the mentality of this defense and the mentality of our players,” Williams said. “You’re giving us the green light. So you go. That’s the biggest thing for all of us. We’ve all had different coaches. We’ve all had different schemes. It’s one of those things where it’s just — ‘Whoah, really, just go?’ It’s that type of eye-opener. We’ve been getting used to that. Getting back to just going. We don’t have any other responsibilities, really, just go.”
The 31-year-old Williams has five double-digit sack seasons in his NFL career. The Dolphins are going to give him the freedom to go for a sixth.