Mario Williams became the face of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive disconnect with the coaching staff when the Pro Bowl end complained to the media about frequently dropping into coverage in the Oct. 18 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Friday, he said his message apparently had no impact.
“We’re still doing the same thing,” Williams said after the team’s final full practice before Sunday’s game against his former team, the Houston Texans, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
And after 11 games and with the team’s slim playoff hopes at stake, he’s still talking about continued adjustment to Rex Ryan’s scheme rather than having it down cold. His linemates, including fellow end Jerry Hughes, have echoed those observations.
“It makes us switch up certain things that we do,” Williams said. “Now, we might have to do this, we might have to go that way and might not be in the same, as comfortable a position as we’ve been in previous years. But other than that, I don’t think it makes it difficult. It’s just a different look. It’s a different feel for us.”
Asked if he were surprised that he finds himself still not settled into the defense this late in the season, Williams said, “I can’t say it surprises me. It depends on where you’re at. If you’re doing something totally foreign, to a certain extent – I’m not going too far of a stretch – but if you’re doing something totally different, it is different. If you’ve got a different view, if you’ve got a different look, a different perspective from what you are accustomed to doing, then it is definitely not out of the question to feel like you’re still adjusting to it.”