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Spikes’ attitude takes hold of defense

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 9:21 am

He was brought in to bring some teeth to Buffalo’s run defense. Through the preseason the Bills have been one of the top three run defenses in the league and partial credit undoubtedly goes to Brandon Spikes. But there’s another element to Spikes’ game that is taking hold of a defense that has been in need of a defining personality.

“It’s his attitude,” said Mario Williams of Spikes. “Obviously, he can play. He’s great on the football field but it’s his attitude. The attitude goes a long way. He’s a guy who goes out there and being the ‘mike’ linebacker, you’ve got to be able to bring everybody in.  He’s the quarterback of the defense, and we feel that already.”

That’s a big reason why Spikes was selected as one of the team captains this past Monday.

“These guys embraced me from day one and they knew what type of player I was and how I approached the game and very passionate about my job,” said Spikes. “They know I’m just trying to do the right thing and lead by example. They respect that, so it just feels great.”

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Mario: I have faith in Marcell

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2014 – 9:16 pm

Head coach Doug Marrone said he expected the excused Marcell Dareus to be back on campus at St. John Fisher Monday evening. How soon he’ll be able to pass the team’s conditioning test to be cleared for practice is yet to be determined. What is certain is his teammate Mario Williams is eager to get him back alongside him on Buffalo’s defensive line.

“Extremely anxious,” said Williams. “He’s a heck of a player. He’s just a young guy, but at the same time we hold him accountable just like anybody else. Whether you’re in here for 12 or 15 years, a coach, whatever we’re going to hold each other accountable.”

Mario said Dareus has shown he can be accountable before though he would not provide an example to the media.

When asked if he has faith that Dareus will come around and be the Pro Bowl caliber player he can be, Williams answered in the affirmative.

“I can’t speak for everybody else, but I have faith in him,” said Williams. “I can’t put words in somebody else’s mouth on the team, but I have all the faith in him.”

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Who is face of Bills franchise?

Posted by Chris Brown on July 5, 2014 – 11:47 am

The Bills have had some larger than life players on their roster who have put their stamp on the era in which they played for the Bills. But who right now is the face of the franchise?’s Bucky Brooks, a former Bill himself, weighs in on who he thinks the face of the team is on a national scale.

Brooks picked Mario Williams based on his talent, production and notoriety. Here’s what he wrote.

Buffalo Bills: Mario Williams
When the Bills lavished Williams with a six-year, $100 million contract as the marquee free agent of the 2012 class, the skeptics wondered if the three-time Pro Bowl selection would be able to take the team to another level. Although the Bills’ disappointing win total hasn’t matched Williams’ disruptive impact, his production (23.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries) and performance since joining Buffalo two seasons ago certainly makes him the team’s biggest difference-maker on either side of the ball. With the Bills poised to make a major move in 2014, the rest of the NFL world might soon remember how dominant Williams can be off the edge.

Brooks also listed EJ Manuel as next in line provided he takes a big step forward in 2014.

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Mario on NFL’s Top 100 gives Bills a 1st

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2014 – 10:01 pm

Tonight (Wednesday) on the NFL’s Top 100 on NFL Network, Mario Williams became the fourth Bills player to appear on the list. His appearance at #29 also marks a league first in the four-year history of the countdown.

With the addition of Mario Williams, the Bills become the first team in the four-year history of the NFL’s Top 100 Players to have three defensive linemen appear in the Top 100 Players.

Mario joins linemates Marcell Dareus (#62) and Kyle Williams (#32). Kiko Alonso (#82) was also on the list.

This is the third time that Mario Williams appears on the list, and it’s his highest ranking ever. He was on it last year and ranked #72 and in 2011 when he ranked #71.

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Hughes rated tops in pass rush productivity

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2014 – 10:58 pm

Bills DE Jerry Hughes earned the number one rating from ProFootballFocus for pass rush productivity by a 3-4 outside linebacker in 2013. Now moving to a 4-3 system under new defensive coordinator is likely to present different challenges. In any event here’s a look at the productivity of Hughes and Mario Williams, who finished 10th.

From The Left Side From The Right Side All Positions
# Name Team Pass Rush Snaps % Left Sk Ht Hu Total Pressure PRP Pass Rush Snaps % Right Sk Ht Hu Total Pressure PRP
1  Jerry Hughes BUF 116 28.6 4 2 16 22 15.1 187 46.2 7 7 23 37 15.8
2  Elvis Dumervil BLT 263 69.6 7 9 29 45 13.5 55 14.6 3 2 11 16 23.2
3  Justin Houston KC 295 68.6 9 6 37 52 14.0 36 8.4 1 1 4 6 13.2
3  Tamba Hali KC 73 12.7 5 1 6 12 14.0 425 74.2 7 6 51 64 11.7
5  John Abraham ARZ 165 30.7 5 3 13 21 10.3 305 56.7 7 5 34 46 11.9
6  Brian Orakpo WAS 12 2.6 1 0 0 1 8.3 349 75.1 10 11 29 50 11.5
7  Robert Mathis IND 189 38.3 5 3 18 26 11.0 263 53.2 13 2 21 36 11.5
8  Jason Worilds PIT 254 55.5 4 20 13 37 11.3 105 22.9 3 1 7 11 8.6
9  Junior Galette NO 98 19.7 1 4 8 13 10.2 359 72.2 11 8 26 45 10.2
10  Mario Williams BUF 340 60.5 10 3 29 42 10.0 199 35.4 4 4 17 25 9.9

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Kyle ranks among 3-4 DTs vs. run

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2014 – 1:33 pm

Pro Football Focus is still canvasing the 2013 season to assess individual player performance. Though the Bills finished 28th against the run as a team there was one defensive lineman in particular who excelled against the opponent’s ground game.

Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams had one of the best season in 2013 against the run among 3-4 defensive tackles according to the film reviewers at Pro Football Focus. Here’s where they had him ranked.

Williams finished in the league’s top five in this category. He was also second on the Bills in 2013 in tackles for loss with 14. Mario Williams led the team with 15 TFLs.

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Fan Friday 4-4

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2014 – 12:24 pm

The 2014 draft is just over a month away and the pro days are winding down. Among the big ones left are Penn State (April 8), LSU (April 9) and Georgia (April 16).

For now here are some of your latest questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,

If a scenario happens where say the big 3, Clowney, Mack and Watkins were gone and either/or Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel fell to the Bills at #9. Do you see any chance the Bills would have interest? I’m of the mind that we need to give EJ Manuel a healthy and fully educated season to see if he’s the man. That being said if a team sees a potential franchise QB drop into their lap I guess you do have to consider it.

Enjoy your work Chris,
Thanks Wally James
Fredericksburg ,VA

CB: That’s an interesting scenario you’ve painted. I think the Bills have been clear that they are all in on EJ Manuel as their franchise quarterback. As tempting as it may be to draft Johnny Manziel if he is there at nine, you have to look at this the way the Bills or any other NFL franchise would.

They invested more than a year of research, scouting, testing and projecting to make their determination that EJ Manuel is fully capable of being their franchise quarterback and excelling for them on the field. That kind of commitment mandates that you do everything you can as an organization to help him succeed. Drafting a quarterback ninth overall this year, no matter who it is, does not achieve that mandate.

If the value at nine is right for a player who can more effectively help EJ Manuel on the field this year on offense then another player will be the pick. Not Johnny Manziel. If the value is not right then I see the Bills moving back to allow another club to trade in to take Johnny Manziel and gain valuable picks in the process, not unlike they did last year (See: Kiko Alonso).


2 – Chris,
Thanks for all you do. With all of the cuts of high priced veterans (Revis, Peppers, etc) do you anticipate Mario Williams to survive the length of his contract in Buffalo?   Or do you anticipate the Bills parting ways to free up $16+ million in cap space.


CB: High-priced players sometimes do not see the end of lucrative contracts, and you’ve provided more than one example above. When contracts aren’t guaranteed, as is the case in the NFL, there are no guarantees a player will see the end of it with the club that signed him.

That being said the Bills are among the most fiscally responsible teams in the league and rarely put themselves in a position of having to fire sale the roster. The last time it happened was in 2000 when late GM John Butler, being so tied to Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed compromised the team’s salary cap health until he unfortunately had to cut all three on the same day.

It served as a lesson to this organization to not fall into such a situation again.

So while I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a day coming when the Bills do decide to part ways with Mario Williams prematurely, I think they also try to maintain a measure of responsible spending to allow for a couple of lavish contracts on the roster.


3 – Chris,
As always thank you and everyone who help to inform Bills nation. My question is on the defensive side,  now that Byrd is gone for sure who do you see stepping up next to Williams? I know Searcy saw a good deal of time last season in spot duty for Byrd early on(along with Leonhard), but do you see him as a full time starter? I really like him as a third safety you can put in the box and play on special teams personally.

Do you think Duke Williams could be the next guy or Meeks maybe? Or maybe a replacement could be found in the draft. Also what do you make of the defensive end position as a sleeper positional need? Do you see any of the “tweeners” (Hughes or Lawson among others) possible switching to or back to the d-end position? Or do they stay at linebacker? Look forward to hearing what you think thanks again!

CB: Doug Marrone has given indication that Corey Graham will be given an opportunity to play safety alongside Aaron Williams, so he’ll be part of the competition and I like the open-minded thinking there. He’ll be in direct competition with Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks. I really liked what I saw from Williams in both the practice setting and the preseason last year. I think his athleticism caters well to the versatility you need nowadays at the safety position. He played corner at Nevada so coverage assignments down on the line aren’t an issue for him.

We just didn’t see enough of Meeks last year with the injury to know what he can offer. Searcy while capable of playing safety really carved out a niche for himself as a nickel LB. He had a very productive season there so I’m not sure the coaches will want to mess with that.

As for defensive end, I think the priority is getting Jerry Hughes signed to a long term deal as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. Provided they can get a deal done they should be okay there.

With coach Marrone saying at the league meetings last week that they’ll primarily be a 4-3 front defensively I do see Hughes and Lawson joining Mario Williams as the primary defensive ends in Jim Schwartz’s defense. Whether they decide to add through the draft remains to be seen, but that’s a pretty darn good trio.


I am absolutely delighted that the Bills have re-signed K Dan Carpenter,but I am perplexed as to why the Dolphins released him. Was he a problem in Miami or was it a money situation??
Regards from
Los Angeles

The Dolphins found him expendable because they drafted a kicker in the middle of the fifth round last year in Caleb Sturgis. Miami was apparently disappointed in Carpenter, who had struggled a bit early in the 2012 season and was hurt for the last two games that year. The investment in Sturgis practically predetermined how the “competition” was going to turn out in Miami last summer.

What I enjoyed was watching Carpenter succeed on almost 92 percent of his attempts, almost half of which came from 40-yards plus. He finished tied for 10th in the NFL in field goal accuracy and only two kickers ahead of him (Gostkowski, Tucker) had more attempts from 40-yard plus than him.

Meanwhile Sturgis finished 29th in field goal accuracy at 74.6%.

From 40-yards plus last season Carpenter was an impressive 14-for-17 (82.3%) including 4-for-6 from 50-yards plus. Sturgis was 11-for-17 (64.7%) and he played half his games in Miami. Carpenter had seven games in Buffalo.


5 – Hi Chris,

I have a hypothetical question for you. If Sammy Watkins was still available when the Bills are picking do you think they may pass on him because he is reportedly to be represented by Eugene Parker? I think it would be a fair observation to say that Eugene Parker is developing a reputation for causing the Bills front office grief when it comes to contract negotiations with Jairus Byrd and Jason Peters being prime examples.

From an outsiders prospective if the Bills were to select Watkins and he performs as expected, then we would only have him for the length of his rookie contract before he ventures off to “greener pastures”. Do you think teams are impacted by who the players selects as their agent when deciding who to draft particularly in the first round?

CB: I don’t believe that NFL clubs factor in the agent for the player when assessing their grade for the player on their draft board. Knowing that I tend to believe the Bills and every other NFL team chooses a player based on his ability on the field, potential, character makeup, passion for the game and fit for their team. So if Sammy Watkins is on the board at nine, which I don’t think will happen, then I see the Bills running the card up to the podium with his name on it.

Your point is a valid one, but the opportunity to get one of the best prospects in the entire class at a position of need trumps any concern you might have about him staying with the team for his second contract.

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Mayock compares Clowney to Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 8:57 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked for his take on South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and what questions might still exist. In Mayock’s opinion he sees his physical talent firmly in freak category much like a certain Bills defensive end.

“I know that he’s got the physical makeup to be the best player in the draft,” said Mayock. “Physical make up and if you want to compare him to Mario Williams, I think he’s a better football player with more upside than when Mario came out of college and he was obviously the first pick.

“From a physical skill set this kid is as freaky as they come. He plays a position of critical importance in today’s NFL, which is an ability to get to the quarterback. He can play multiple places on the defense. So all those things check off. My biggest concern is what is his mental makeup? How important is it to him when he gets a big paycheck to become the best player in football of is he just going to be happy to be a millionaire. So that’s the biggest checking point for an organization is finding out what the motivation and what kind of kid they’re going to get. You know the kind of football player he is when motivated. I just would want to know what kind of kid I’m getting.”

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Mario on pace with select sack company

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 9:12 am

Today (Friday) is Mario Williams’ 29th birthday. The former number one pick in the 2006 NFL draft has rolled up 76.5 sacks through his first eight seasons. Taking a look at where those career sacks rank among some of the best sack artists in NFL history, Williams looks like he has a shot at finishing among the best in league annals if he can stay healthy.

The Bills media relations department complied the number of sacks each player listed tallied before they turned 29 and then the second column is the sacks each player tallied the first full season after they turned 29. Hall of Famer Reggie White was way out in front of some of the other sack leaders early in his career and his production continued in his first season after turning 29 as did Bruce Smith.

Michael Strahan clearly had the most successful season as a 29-year old as he holds the single-season sack record with 22.5.

Player Sacks Before Age 29 Sacks Season After 29
Bruce Smith



Reggie White



Kevin Greene



Chris Doleman



Michael Strahan



Mario Williams



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Kyle, Mario got Dareus on right path

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 10:53 am

When Marcell Dareus came to the Bills as their third overall pick in 2011, he was all of 21-years old. The commitment to being a pro every single day was something the talented defensive tackle had to learn. Fortunately for him he had mentors in Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

It took until year three of his career for it to kick in, but Dareus prepared like a pro and it made him a more consistent player on the field. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Monday after he was named as an injury replacement to the Pro Bowl, Dareus tipped his hat to his two veteran teammates and fellow Pro Bowlers.

“To come in the league with Kyle Williams and Mario Williams they showed me so much and they told me just how to stay focused this year and learn the league and watch film and break film down the way it’s supposed to be broken down and stay consistent with your work, being with those guys I just kind of blossomed into the player that I always wanted to be,” he said. “I’ve just got to build on it and stay consistent and remain the guy I always want to be known as and that’s what I did this year.”

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Mario, Spiller named All-ACC in BCS era

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 5:14 pm

With the BCS era coming to a close with Florida State’s National title win over Auburn a week ago, ESPN put together their All-ACC team for the entire BCS era (1998-2014) and a pair of Bills appear on their roster.

Named the starting running back for the all-star team was C.J. Spiller. He was also named the unit’s return specialist.

On the defensive side of the ball Mario Williams, an N.C. State alum, was also named to the squad. Here’s what was written about the two college all timers.

RB: C.J. Spiller, Clemson: Spiller accounted for an ACC-record 191.4 yards per game and scored a touchdown in every game. Over his four-year career, he racked up more than 3,000 yards rushing, 2,000 yards in kickoff returns, 1,000 yards receiving and 500 yards in punt returns. 

RS — Spiller: One of the best return men of all time, Spiller set an ACC single-season record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2009. He led the league in all-purpose yards in 2008 and 2009 and holds the ACC career mark in the category.

DL — Mario Williams, NC State: Williams was a force throughout his entire career, but most especially his junior season, when he set single-season school records with 14.5 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss en route to All-ACC honors. He became the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2006. 

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Byrd, Mario make 2nd Team All-Pro

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2014 – 12:19 pm

The Associated Press has released it’s All-Pro team for the 2013 season. Bills DE Mario Williams and S Jairus Byrd did not earn 1st team honors, but were named to the second team.

The AP had Houston’s J.J. Watt and St. Louis’ Robert Quinn as their 1st Team All-Pro defensive ends ahead of Buffalo’s Williams.

Meanwhile at safety the AP gave 1st team All-Pro honors to Seattle’s Earl Thomas and Kansas City’s Eric Berry.

Both Williams and Byrd were each named to their third career Pro Bowls last week.

Here are the full AP All-Pro rosters for 2013.

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Bills 3 Pro Bowlers all 3-timers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2013 – 12:35 am

The Bills have three players from their roster who will be headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and all three are returning players.

Mario Williams, Jairus Byrd and Kyle Williams were all named to their third career Pro Bowls. It’s the first for Mario Williams with the Bills.

This is also the first time three Bills defenders were named to the initial Pro Bowl roster since 1997 when Bryce Paup, Ted Washington and Bruce Smith were named starters.

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Mario, Kiko still leading in fan voting

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2013 – 2:43 pm

Bills DE Mario Williams and MLB Kiko Alonso are still tops at their positions in the fan voting for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl. Here’s a look at their vote counts along with the other top vote getters on the defensive side of the ball.

Fans can vote until Dec. 26th by submitting their own ballot online.





J.J.   Watt, Houston



Mario   Williams, Buffalo



Jason Hatcher, Dallas



Dontari Poe, Kansas City



Tamba Hali, Kansas City



Robert Mathis, Indianapolis



Kiko Alonso, Buffalo



Sean Lee, Dallas



Richard Sherman, Seattle



Aqib   Talib, New England



Kam Chancellor, Seattle



Eric Berry, Kansas City



Earl Thomas, Seattle



Barry Church, Dallas



Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City



Jon Ryan, Seattle



David Bruton, Denver



C.J.   Spillman, San Francisco


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Hughes in top 10 territory

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2013 – 1:10 pm

It’s been a productive season for Jerry Hughes in his first year with the Bills, and ProFootballFocus is taking notice. The stat crunchers and film reviewers of every play of every game, have Hughes ranked in their top 10 at the 3-4 OLB position.

Hughes is rated tied for seventh overall among 3-4 OLBs this season. As you’ll see in the PFF chart below, only five of the players listed above him have a higher combination number of sacks, QB hits and QB hurries than Hughes (48). His pass rush rating of 13.9 is also only bested by three other players in the top 10 as well (Houston, Dumervil, Mathis).

Mario Williams and Manny Lawson rank 13th and 22nd overall on this chart.













# of Pen









1  Justin   Houston KC 724 31.8 17.9 3.7 7.6 2.6 0-0 11 8 42 4 32 2 12 38
2  Elvis   Dumervil BLT 479 23.6 23.9 1.2 4.7 -6.2 8-2 10 9 34 1 13 6 0 19
3  Brian   Orakpo WAS 735 23.1 9.3 2.6 9.5 1.7 1-0 9 11 26 2 30 11 5 30
4  Trent   Cole PHI 764 21.2 10.9 -1.9 9.6 2.6 0-0 6 10 26 2 33 4 4 33
5  Tamba   Hali KC 830 21.1 12.6 2.7 4.8 1.0 2-0 12 7 52 0 20 8 7 25
6  Robert   Mathis IND 719 20.3 14.9 -0.3 4.2 1.5 2-0 15 3 33 2 26 2 6 33
7  Aldon   Smith SF 407 13.9 9.8 -0.2 5.7 -1.4 3-0 7 5 22 0 16 2 2 19
7  Jerry   Hughes BUF 529 13.9 13.6 -1.5 4.9 -3.1 6-2 9 5 34 1 22 1 4 19
9  Terrell   Suggs BLT 764 13.8 1.8 0.4 10.9 0.7 3-1 9 13 32 0 48 7 4 46
10  Junior   Galette NO 689 12.8 11.0 0.1 1.7 0.0 3-1 9 11 30 0 23 7 3 26

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Past intel on Hughes sold Bills that he’d fit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2013 – 12:19 pm

The Bills were presented with an opportunity to trade for Jerry Hughes shortly after the NFL draft. When defensive coordinator Mike Pettine heard the name mentioned he instantly became a lobbyist to make the deal happen.

Appearing on the Sirius XM NFL Radio ‘No Huddle’ show with Steve Tasker, Pettine revealed the prior knowledge he had acquired on Hughes when he was a college prospect.

“He didn’t surprise us (here) because in New York, the year he came out he was very high on our draft board. We knew he was going to probably going to fall right around where we were picking late in the first,” said Pettine. “I had gone down to TCU to work him out so when Doug (Marrone) mentioned the possibility of trading for him I couldn’t jump up on the table fast enough. He’s a special talent. The key thing there is he can run. There’s no substitute for that.

“I thought he’d be a perfect complement to line up opposite Mario. He’s benefited from people sliding protection to Mario. He’s benefited from some of those exposed edges.”

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Pettine: More 4 man rush than I thought

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2013 – 11:12 am

Appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s ‘No Huddle’ show with Steve Tasker, Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine revealed that their approach to the pass rush became less about the blitz than he anticipated walking in the door.

Even though Buffalo has had a healthy blitz percentage this season, Pettine explains that with an elite pass rusher like Mario Williams rushing just four has proven effective with proper adjustments in alignments.

“Part of it was overcoming myself. We never felt we had an elite pass rusher in New York, but here we realized very quickly that sometimes simpler is better and we’ve been a lot more four-man rush here,” said Pettine. “We’ve put a little thought into how we were going to line those four guys up and what matchups we were going to use. Who was going to be to the back, away from the back, identify which way the center slides and it’s freed those guys up. They’ve done a good job preparing each week to rush the passer and I think that’s shown up in our sack numbers.”

Pettine also credited head coach Doug Marrone in helping them to beat offensive line protections.

“Doug Marrone it’s kind of his specialty, pass protection,” Pettine said. “He’s helped us with opposing offensive linemen, these are the moves they get beat on and this is the type of protection that they’re running. He’s given us some helpful things throughout the year.”

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Other Bills in Pro Bowl running

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:04 pm

With the news coming down that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters among fans at their respective positions for the 2014 Pro Bowl, here are some of the other Bills who are in the hunt at their positions for fan votes.

DT Marcell Dareus – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 5th
SS Aaron Williams – 6th
K Dan Carpenter – 10th
ST Marcus Easley – 10th

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said just last week that if the team had a better won-loss record that Marcus Easley would have an excellent chance of being a Pro Bowl special teams player with the success he’s had in coverage.

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Mario & Bills rookie Pro Bowl history

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 3:30 pm


With the news that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters at their respective positions for the fan balloting for the 2014 Pro Bowl, we thought we’d look at the last time the Bills sent a rookie to Hawaii and the last time Mario played in the league’s All-Star game.

Williams has gone to a pair of Pro Bowls in his career while playing for the Houston Texans. The last time he was named to the AFC squad was 2009. He also went in 2008.

As far as rookies go, if Kiko Alonso were named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, he’d be the first rookie to do so since Jairus Byrd went as a first-year player in 2009.

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Mario keeping sack pace

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2013 – 8:37 am

Bills DE Mario Williams had another sack in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and has upped his season total to 11 in the first eight games. His 11 sacks through 8 games are most by a Bill since sack became official statistic in 1982.

Williams and the Bills totaled four sacks on Drew Brees, which was good for a guy that climbs the pocket and throws on the run as good as anyone.

“We knew it was going to be tough obviously he’s a very smart quarterback,” said Williams of Brees. “He’s been in the league for a while and at the end of the day we left a few out there. We’ve got to get a quicker step and get him down.”

One of 19 NFL players since 1982 with 11+ sacks through first 8 games of season (joined by Justin Houston of K.C., 11.0, incl. 1.0 today vs. Cle.) … Williams, Houston, and Robert Mathis of Ind. (11.5, on bye this past week) are first NFL players with 11+ in first half of season since Jared Allen (12.5) and DeMarcus Ware (12.0) in 2011.

Williams sack streak is now at five games, the longest streak in team history since Aaron Schobel went six games in a row in 2006.

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