Mario Williams never held his tongue when it came to his distaste of Rex Ryan’s defensive schemes. Now that he has moved on from the Bills defense and has found solace in the Miami Dolphins, Rex Ryan isn’t wishing him well at all. Now look, with some of the comments (Williams made), do I wish him well? Not really. But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf***ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop, too. Not one of them bitched.”
Mario Williams had 38 sacks in the three seasons prior to Rex Ryan but was only able to get a measly five in 2015. Rex Ryan obviously didn’t use Mario Williams correctly, as his specialty is getting after the quarterback, Rex Ryan had him dropping into coverage, something that Williams isn’t too comfortable doing.
Rex Ryan believes that the best pass rushers possess the necessary versatility to drop back into coverage.”Von Miller dropped into coverage in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play. Coaches spend a hell of a lot more time studying tape and everything else. They are trying to put the team in the best position to be successful, not an individual.”
Rex Ryan continues by saying how Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs are prime examples of players that played well in his defensive scheme and blames Mario Williams’ failures on his attitude, not on his playing skill.
“Terrell Suggs, he has been the defensive Player of the Year in this league. Ed Reed has been. Ray Lewis has been. You can go right down the line. Trevor Pryce had 14 sacks as a defensive tackle. One of the most unselfish guys you’ve ever seen. That’s what it is about. I’ll never forget, I used to have Ray sell out for maybe the 11th guy on defense. Ray Lewis is going to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, if not the greatest. That’s when you’ve got something special, and that’s what we are trying to build here.”
Now that Mario Williams is a Miami Dolphin, he will have the opportunity to play the way he is meant to be played.