Anonymous Bills blast 'totally checked out' Mario Williams
Anonymous Bills players blasted Mario Williams to the Buffalo News, saying he has 'totally checked out.'
The relationship between Mario Williams and the Bills is careening toward an ugly divorce. All that's left is the final game of the season and the actual transaction of releasing the 30-year-old defensive end at this point.
Well, that and the firing of the shots at Williams, which several anonymous Bills did while talking to Ty Dunne of the Buffalo News did recently.
One player said Williams “totally checked out" and ripped him for being selfish.
"It’s been clear to me that Mario doesn’t care about anybody but himself,” one player 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."
Another player said Williams gave "zero effort" under Rex Ryan's new defensive scheme this year.
"Zero effort,” the player told Dunne. "The tape speaks for itself. ... He takes two steps and stops."
Teammates also got Williams back, with linebacker Preston Brown saying he's tried to do what he has been asked, which is something totally different from what he's used to doing.
"He was trying to do what the coaches asked him to,” Brown said. “When you’re 30 years old, it’s kind of hard to start doing stuff you’ve never done. … He’s out there doing his job. I know he’s out there doing his job day in and day out."
Williams averaged 13 sacks a season in Buffalo before 2015 and was an All-Pro in 2014. But 2015's slated to be the worst season of his career, with his four sacks thus far being a career low.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin said it's not fair to blame Williams for the entire defense struggling.
"With him, it could be frustration in getting to the quarterback a lot more. But he wants to play -- there’s no doubt about it," McKelvin said. "He wants to play. But you’re used to getting to the quarterback and now you’re making sacrifices for someone else to get to the quarterback. ... You can’t say one man did something wrong and it caused the whole defense to shut down. It was a complete, total everything."
The defense has struggled, too, ranking 20th in yards per game allowed and 16th in points per game allowed. It's the 29th-ranked defense in DVOA at Football Outsiders. The Bills rank 31st in the NFL in sacks.
It's almost the polar opposite of what we expected to see from a Rex Ryan team.
Williams hasn't been shy about voicing his complaints for Rex's defensive scheme this season, lamenting his inability to simply rush the passer.
Unfortunately for Williams, Rex is already secure in a return to Buffalo next season. Which means the $100 million man is about to be the odd man out.
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