It was just his second career start, so there’s an awful lot for Aaron Williams to learn in the NFL. But that wasn’t going to be used as an excuse by the rookie cornerback, who was one of the last players to leave Buffalo’s locker room at MetLife Stadium after Buffalo loss to the Jets. A loss Williams felt he was a more important part of than he wanted to be.
Williams drew the assignment of Santonio Holmes. And while early in the game he broke up a 1st-and-goal touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez that was intended for Holmes and on the whole played well it wasn’t making him feel any better knowing he allowed Holmes to catch what proved to be the game-winning touchdown reception with just over a minute remaining.
“My only responsibility was to be on Santonio and I had him in the end zone and I turned my head to see Sanchez scrambling so I look at my guy again and he’s right next to me,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “Then I look back and there’s a guy coming across and I didn’t see anybody on him so I figured I’d pick him up, and I completely forgot my man and that play is on me. I probably was one of the main factors for why we lost, but I can’t do anything about it now. I have to learn from it and move on.”
Williams will be fine in time, the talented cornerback just needs more time on the job.
Buffalo has had its share of hard lessons under Chan Gailey first with an 0-8 start in 2010 and three losses this season by four points of less. Gailey is hopeful his team learns from these painful lessons.
“If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger. Hopefully we get stronger through all of this,” said Gailey. “I hope we become not only stronger, but smarter because we can be very good and if we dumb games away we’re killing ourselves. So everybody has got to be on board with where we are and we’ve learned some tough lessons and hopefully it’ll pay dividends. We’re fighters and we’re tough guys, but we’re not getting the job done in the win column.”
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