He openly criticized Rex Ryan’s defense on multiple occasions to the media. He complained about being asked to drop into coverage a lot, when game film revealed he didn’t do it more than three or four times a game. That combined with his lofty cap figure got Mario Williams released by Buffalo. Now that he’s in Miami, Buffalo’s head coach isn’t about to wish him any success.
In an interview this week with MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas, Rex and Rob Ryan covered many topics including some of the personnel moves this offseason. Some of those moves were done to help foster complete buy in for the defensive scheme in the locker room.
“Player-wise, sometimes the salary cap kind of influences you. Look, I like Leodis McKelvin, Nigel Bradham,” said Ryan. “Mario Williams? Yeah, but he is making $17 million dollars [in Miami]. Guess what, it wasn’t going to happen. Now look, with some of the comments [he 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 [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. 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.”
Ryan then went on to point out that players who have played under him who were asked to do similar things were still highly recognized players in the league.
“Terrell Suggs, he has been the defensive Player of the Year in this league,” Ryan said. “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.”
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