There has been a wave of strong criticism directed towards Mario Williams following the Bills' humiliating defeat at the hands (no pun intended) of the NY Jets. Below I discuss what has not been given much attention following the Mario Williams postgame press conference: his passion for the game and his view of what needs to happen the next time the Bills confront a situation like what went down in the Meadowlands.
Mario Williams is different. Not only does he have unusual physical size, strength and quickness, but he is not afraid to speak his mind when frustrated with a football game. Perhaps the Bills coaches would have preferred that Super Mario did not complain about the punches to the face he absorbed from the Jets right offensive tackle after the game, but I for one am thrilled he did not hesitate to complain about it.
I like the fact he let it be known he informed the referees throughout the game and he said they ignored his complaints and also failed to make any calls for the illegal punches to the face delivered by his Jet opponent. I like the fact he told the press exactly how he felt. I also like the fact that he stressed that the Bills defense has to find a way to create turnovers when they fell quickly behind 21-0. I like the fact he gave credit to the Jets QB Sanchez for getting his passes off quickly before his defensive line could sack him or put intense pressure on him.
Super Mario was passionate about the good, the bad, and the ugly that went down during his first game with the Bills. Super Mario was obviously frustrated and upset, and made it clear that he knows the defense has to find a way to create turnovers when the game starts getting out-of-hand, if the Bills are going to have a chance to come back from a deep deficit.
People love to complain about other people who complain. But my sense is Super Mario was trying to make a point most of the media have missed: the refs were not calling a good game at the line of scrimmage, and the effect of their failure to call penalties hurt Mario's ability to rush the passer.
I expect Super Mario to be a man on a mission this Sunday against the Chiefs, and I cannot wait for Super Mario to get another crack at the Jets.
My sense is Super Mario was caught off guard by the officiating Sunday, and was surprised the officials blew him off. I am glad he let everyone know how he really felt, even if it came across as being a poor loser.
I wish more athletes would tell us what they really think, instead of trying to tell us what they think the media wants us to hear.