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Mario Williams thinks he’s a better fit in Miami

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is pressured by Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams (94) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla. After racking up 38 sacks between 2012-14, Williams had just five sacks in 909 snaps last season. He was released by the Bills following a disappointing year playing linebacker in Rex Ryan's 3-4 system. Miami is banking on Williams being more comfortable in the 4-3, but Williams' best days could be in the past.    (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) AP

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.

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31 Responses to “Mario Williams thinks he’s a better fit in Miami”
  1. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Sep 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    Don’t worry, the real superstars like Von Miller don’t mind having other responsibilities. His INT in the AFC champ. game

  2. blackbug99 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    He’s all praise now. Anything goes bad, he’ll take plays off and quit on you!

  3. mongo3401 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    Problem is when he had the green light in Buffalo he slowed down like it was yellow He played patty cake most of the time.

  4. jurere_internacional says: Sep 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    Seattle has something like 15 or 16 rooks on their active roster and the Seahawks often start slow….this Miami team can take them

  5. jeremy2020 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    Did he clarify that he’s a better fit because Miami doesn’t mind him getting run over by running backs he’s trying to tackle?

    It was hilarious to watch him. He was buttfumble hilarious trying to tackle.

  6. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Sep 8, 2016 10:13 AM

    He has 8 million reasons to say that….with that being said he is definitely a 4-3 DE

  7. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    Yes he definately is, he won’t have to do everything here with Suh & Wake.
    Seattle’s o-line is in shambles, Dolphins will win this game.

  8. danbo3330 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    In other words, they aren’t making Mario have any contain or run duties in Miami. He’s right, that does probably suit his limited talents better.

  9. Edson_Schaus says: Sep 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    When the scheme fit his talents in Buffalo, he did fine. Under Rex, not so much. But Rex tried to blend schemes the last year and the whole Bill’s defense suffered. The Bills and Fins will have two games to what was what last year.

  10. iamkillerfin says: Sep 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    JUST GET TO THE QB & DISRUPT & SACK!!!

  11. jvw1982 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:26 AM

    Everyone things the grass is greener somewhere else, lets wait until the games are played

  12. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 8, 2016 10:34 AM

    When the scheme fit his talents in Buffalo, he did fine. Under Rex, not so much. But Rex tried to blend schemes the last year and the whole Bill’s defense suffered. The Bills and Fins will have two games to what was what last year.

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    The main problem for Mario last season is that Ryan likes versatile players. In his quest to mesh schemes last season he was asking DEs to drop out and cover flats and screens which is something that isnt exactly new to the NFL. Mario just refused to be a part of it and took plays off. Was it Marios strength? No. But should Mario have given up? No. The Bills scheme appears to be back to a pure Rex Ryan defense instead of the Ryan/Schwartz hybrid monster that crashed last year

  13. pioniere says: Sep 8, 2016 10:37 AM

    Don’t get too excited Dolphins fans… he’ll be taking plays off soon enough.

  14. joetoronto says: Sep 8, 2016 10:45 AM

    Going from Buffalo to Miami, that has to be one happy dude.

  15. lewsblues says: Sep 8, 2016 10:49 AM

    he best not forget that he has an edge to protect, runners to tackle …. and pursuit.

    that’s what 8 million should get you …

  16. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 8, 2016 10:58 AM

    One trick pony and he sucks at his trick.

  17. jackedupboonie says: Sep 8, 2016 11:00 AM

    Biggest spread in week one, but this Miami team can take em. Gotta love opening day.

  18. eroschmidt says: Sep 8, 2016 11:09 AM

    lets check back and see what Mario is saying when the game weeks are in the teens….I bet it’s not nearly as rosy…

  19. zackattack006 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:31 AM

    I have this feeling that Mario will send the Bills a message this year..

  20. 315judman says: Sep 8, 2016 11:44 AM

    Did the Dolphins put a recliner on the field for him?

  21. bringbackflutie says: Sep 8, 2016 11:53 AM

    Yeah Yeah Mario, we all know: You only play hard when it’s the exact scheme you like and when you FEEL like playing hard.

    There were PLENTY of occasions last season where it was third and long and the Bills said “just go!”, and what did Mario do? Not much.

    I guess that $100 million dollar contract he was playing under just wasn’t enough motivation for him to try hard, despite the fact that he only had to drop into coverage an average of twice per game. Also, guys like Von Miller and Khalil Mack drop into coverage, too. It’s part of today’s game. Unless you’re Mario. Then you only go when you want to go, and only when the scheme is JUST RIGHT for you. What a bum.

  22. baldbuc says: Sep 8, 2016 12:01 PM

    Sure it is, because Miami is more laid back and it will be easier for him to take his usual amount of plays off.

  23. VenerableAxiom says: Sep 8, 2016 12:12 PM

    Sure are a lot of butt-hurt b-lo fans commenting. Here’s an idea, let him play and we’ll all see what happens.

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 8, 2016 10:58 AM
    One trick pony and he sucks at his trick.
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    Actually, he’s really good at that trick, when he’s allowed to do it.

  24. PokeSalad says: Sep 8, 2016 12:28 PM

    For Williams, “better fit” = “team that won’t make me work hard.”

  25. bettywhiteshairnet says: Sep 8, 2016 12:30 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Sep 8, 2016 12:12 PM

    Sure are a lot of butt-hurt b-lo fans commenting. Here’s an idea, let him play and we’ll all see what happens.
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    Not butt hurt at all. He quit on his team because he didn’t like the defensive scheme. He will probably wish he was back in Buffalo when Miami get swept by the Bills…….AGAIN!!!

  26. tx526 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:31 PM

    He also thought Buffalo was a better fit. Maybe in a couple of years Oakland, Seattle, etc will be better fits after he underperforms and uses that as an excuse again.

  27. philyeagles5 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:34 PM

    titusyoungslegalcounsel says:
    Sep 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    Don’t worry, the real superstars like Von Miller don’t mind having other responsibilities. His INT in the AFC champ. game
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    how is getting an interception as a LB “other responsibilities? LBs drop into coverage all the time.

  28. EJ says: Sep 8, 2016 12:51 PM

    Buffalo Fans wanted Mario cut the week we all found out he was taking plays off. That is not fair to the team, his teammates or the City of people supporting him! Any player that goes less than 100% between the whistles is not wanted in Buffalo… Good luck with Mr. 85% Miami Fans!

  29. braddavery says: Sep 8, 2016 12:56 PM

    Dude’s a one-trick pony. Sacks aren’t everything, guy. We already don’t miss your give-up attitude here in Buffalo.

  30. mjd08501 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    The next time a Mario Williams led defense leads a team to the playoffs will be the first. Even when he was at his best, the sack numbers were misleading, as he didn’t really get consistent pressure but he would come up with a lot of coverage and clean up sacks. As a Bills fan I didn’t want to hear all of that from Texans fans when he left Houston, but man were they right.

  31. helldog33 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:48 PM

    Two points:

    1) Is he an upgrade over Olivier Vernon? Probably.

    2) Rex Ryan is a joke.

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