The Buffalo Bills began their third training camp since having signed Mario Williams to a mammoth six year $96 million deal. After two summers of consternation and worry, it appears that the Bills and Williams have settled into a nice groove together. In fact, head coach Doug Marrone claims “This is the happiest I’ve seen him,” when discussing Williams per Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News.
“He’s flying around, taking all the reps,” Marrone continued. “It’s exciting because he’s a dominant-type player in this league. I know when I played against him … you’ve got to know where he is. He’s a matchup problem.”
Mario the Matchup Problem looks to continue on his tear through the NFL after totaling 13 sacks last season. The Bills as a team accrued 57 sacks last year — second most in the NFL and most in franchise history — thanks to Mario and Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus pushing back the line.
Early indications from training camp are that the offensive line has struggled in Buffalo. That’s to be expected when the offensive line is young and raw compared to a defensive line that is full of prime-aged veterans like Mario Williams lining up across from them.
The Bills are hoping that their vaunted pass rush from 2013 can once again fuel another improvement in the defense. If Williams keeps playing the way he has, it should almost be a given.