With arguably the best defensive minds in the league as his new head coach, Bills pass rusher Mario Williams is excited about the move to LB.
Buffalo Bills pass rusher Mario Williams is excited to go back to being a LB in the 3-4 defensive system of head coach Rex Ryan.
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In six straight seasons Williams has had six different defensive coordinators, including a new one in each of his last three seasons in Buffalo since signing for $100 million in 2012. He has found success with each of them, compiling 38.0 sacks in three seasons and over 10 sacks in each one. In 2014, Williams set a career high with 14.5 sacks as a DE in former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 defense.
But few coaches can maximize the ability of an elite pass rushing talent as Williams quite like newly-hired Bills head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who together gave QBs nightmares when they worked together for the New York Jets with their exotic blitzes and confusing defensive fronts.
“Depending on verbage and such, there could be a learning curve as far as the summer and stuff like that, but I’m all for it and I’m sure the guys are too,” Williams said of the change to a Ryan’s hybrid 3-4 defense. “I look forward to it… so hopefully if (Ryan) hears this, this is my call-in: Will Linebacker. So hopefully it works out.”
Williams will likely be the only one of the Bills defensive linemen to move – DLs Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus both made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014. Assuming the Bills can reach a new agreement with DE Jerry Hughes, they should have the entire gang back together for the 2015 season.