Around the NFL  

 

Mario Williams points out issues with Bills' defense

Print

Bills defensive end Mario Williams is fairly high on the list of people who aren't making Rex Ryan's job any easier.

On a day when the team was blown out 35-25 by the Redskins and some very serious truth telling ensued in the locker room, Williams again questioned Rex Ryan's scheme and seemed to essentially place a bow on his career in Buffalo.

"It's crazy," Williams said, via The Buffalo News. "Once again, you saw the game and you're trying to switch personnel as they're coming out of the huddle. I don't know, man. I don't know who in the world is saying what personnel they're in or how it's that confusing but apparently it is because game in and game out. ... My mindset is if you're an attack defense, if you're a bully on the field, you don't let anything else dictate what you do. We're going to put who we put out there and then we're going to be able to execute and make plays with the guys out there. I don't need to wait on you to make a decision.

"We're trying to switch men. It's not like we're trying to switch plays. We're trying to switch men as they're coming out of the huddle. That's happened a few times in 10 years with me. A few times. That's 10 years. But game in and game out, I don't know how in the world it keeps happening."

Williams' most damning comments came when he seemed to single out Ryan and identify himself as the pariah.

"If we win and we're 10-4, or whatever, hey, hats off," he said. "But if it don't work, yeah, there needs to be a different change. So if one person is singled out as that needs to be done, then so be it. That's not my decision."

One unfortunate side effect with Ryan teams is that they tend to lose spectacularly. Ryan's style with players is not divisive, but if a player is on the wrong side of the fence with Ryan it can get ugly fast. The last time Ryan had this much pure talent on a team, it was 2011 and the Jets were a Madden dream team featuring LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and a laundry list of players who were supposed to bring a Super Bowl title.

The Bills' defense was like that, too, and inevitably someone was singled out.

Williams was a likely cut candidate this coming offseason anyway due to the massive back end of his contract, and as NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport mentioned on Sunday, he's unlikely to return. That will be the first of many changes Ryan will make to try and win back his locker room.

Print

Fan Discussion