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Mario Williams Intent on Improving Buffalo Bills, not Worried About Stats

July 28th, 2014 at 1:37 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

When the Buffalo Bills signed Mario Williams to a six-year, $100 million contract prior to the 2012 season, he was expected to rescue them from the abyss of National Football League futility.

In the two years since signing the richest contract in team history, Williams has produced 23.5 sacks and earned a pro bowl nomination in 2013. The Bills however have not improved, registering three consecutive 6-10 seasons, running their playoff-less streak to 14 consecutive seasons.

"Football is a complete and ultimate team sport. No matter what level of talent you bring in, its not one individual," Williams said. "I said it then: You can't have one person completely change the whole culture. It can never be one person, no matter how great you are."

The Buffalo Bills finished second in the NFL in both sacks and interceptions, finishing with 57 and 23 respectively. Those stats don't really matter much to Mario Williams and his fellow teammates on defense. His objective for the upcoming season is clear.

"Win football games," Williams said. " It's that simple."

Aside from Mario Williams, the Bills have another Williams along the defensive line to terrorize the other teams in the AFC East division. Kyle Williams, entering his ninth season with Buffalo since being drafted by the Bills in the fifth-round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

"It really is the sum of all parts, but he's a big part of it," Kyle Williams said.

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who takes over for the departed Mike Pettine, now head coach in Cleveland, was gushing when asked about the potential this defensive duo has for the 2014 season.

"He's such an explosive player," said Schwartz. "But a great player who gets a lot of attention can create some other things for his teammates."

The Bills are looking to finally end the dreaded streak of missing the playoffs. Both Mario Williams and Kyle Williams figure to be vital cogs to the 2014 success of the team. 


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