July 27, 2012; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during training camp practice at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
The Buffalo Bills and their new $100 million man Mario Williams both laid some pretty large eggs this weekend against the New York Jets. Former New England Patriots safety and current NBC Sports commentator Rodney Harrison took notice, and blasted both Williams and the Bills during an appearance on NBC Sports Network's Monday night show Pro Football Talk.
"I actually feel bad for him because Mario Williams, he's the No. 1 pick of the draft," Harrison said. "He's financially set. So to come out as a free agent and decide to spend the prime time - basically my prime years - with the Buffalo Bills, you're not going to make the playoffs. You're not going to the Super Bowl."
Harrison didn't stop his rampage on Williams. Instead, he then turned his attention to the Bills as a team.
"They're not very good," said Harrison of the Bills. "They don't have a franchise quarterback. The Patriots will always dominate that division. The Jets will always be second."
Just like when the Bills were dominating the AFC in the early '90s, all good things must come to an end. Harrison forgets that Tom Brady can't play forever, and that the Miami Dolphins won the division in 2008. (He might also forget that the only playoff game he ever won without Brady was in 1994, his rookie year in San Diego; then again, that might be his point.)
Beyond his use of the word "always" to describe "historically since 2009," Harrison's rant continues by explaining that Williams should have taken less money - and we're not talking chump change - to play for a "competitive" team.
"My point here is, you go out and get a $100 million deal, wouldn’t you have taken $80 million and gone somewhere where you could have been competitive every week? I think this is a huge mistake for Mario Williams," continued Harrison. "Mark my words, he will get lost in the shuffle. He will probably fall off the face of the earth."
I'd like to see Harrison give up $20 million during the prime of his career to sign somewhere else. (That's considerably more than he made in his entire six-year run with the Patriots, mind you. He probably could have made more money elsewhere.) I would have also liked to see if Harrison could have avoided "falling off the face of the earth" himself without taking Human Growth Hormone.
Regardless of Harrison's opinion on what Williams should have done, I seriously doubt Mario is questioning his decision after just one game.