Mario Williams, the $96 million free agent Buffalo signed in the offseason to bolster its pass rush, was a massive non-factor against the Jets in the season opener. Buffalo lost, 48-28, and didn’t sack Mark Sanchez once. The Bills barely pressured him at all. New York’s much-maligned offensive line, perhaps the greatest weakness coming into the season, kept Sanchez clean.
Williams might have been mentioned twice by announcer Marv Albert – once early during player introductions; then, later, when they were putting out an APB for him. Williams had one tackle, then explained himself to the media:
“You tell somebody from the very beginning of the game,” he said in the locker room, referring to the replacement officials, led by referee Robert Frazer. ”And it happens. One time, that’s on me. But when it’s multiple times and I tell you and you honestly act like you don’t even hear me throughout the whole game, I think that’s a real big problem.
“It’s not something that’s really going to dictate something, but what are you going to do about it? You’re getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally, not an accident, just about every other time. That’s a penalty. Unless they changed it with the new CBA or something, but last time I checked it was a penalty.”
“Pass blocking doesn’t include hands to the face. When someone tells the officials that, and they just walk away, or they don’t call it, that is disheartening.”
That’s weak, Mario. Take your beating like a man. And try to put a scare in Matt Cassel next week. [Buffalo News]
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