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Dareus says he now doesn't 'have to think as much' in Bills' defense

Mario Williams was viewed as the face of discontent about Rex Ryan's defense last season.

But he was hardly alone.

Marcell Dareus wasn't any more thrilled with the way things were working out, especially for the Buffalo Bills' defensive linemen.

But while Williams was shown the door and now plays end for the Miami Dolphins, Dareus is around for another season and the tackle who saw his sacks drop from 10 to two last year appears to be fully embracing Ryan's "All In" mantra.

"It’s the second year, we’re going to play in the same defense; it’s the first time in my NFL career this happened," Dareus told SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, referencing the Bills' multiple coaching changes since he joined them as the third overall pick from Alabama in 2011. "It feels good to know I can just do what I need to do and I don’t have to think as much. I don’t have to spend so much time trying to help this guy, help that guy or them doing the same with me.

"We’re just kind of out there, we can flow with each other and it feels good. It gives you that comfort that you’re looking for. At the same time, we’re still working and we’re still gaining little information. We have new players that we’re throwing in and they’re looking to play, and we’ve still got to make things happen, you’ve got to make things fit."

Dareus thinks one of the more critical components to the Bills improving last year's 19th overall ranking defensively is the increased level of communication he saw between the line and the secondary during offseason workouts.

“It feels good to be a D-lineman and looking back and looking at your defensive backs," Dareus said. "They’re young, they’re talking, they’re talking to each other. They’re like, ‘Man, you know you’ve got this, you know you’ve got that.’ They’re coming down, talking to us and just having that camaraderie, we have that relationship now."

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