Inside The Bills

Pettine wants “bulls-eye” off Mario Williams

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 28, 2013 – 8:42 pm

The Bills are busy moving through their organized team activity workouts with an eye on the start of training camp in late July. And as new Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine continues to install his versatile, attacking defense, he’s determined to free up Defensive End Mario Williams.

“We want to get the bulls-eye off of him,” Pettine said Tuesday night, in an appearance on
The John Murphy Show. “We want to move him around. We want to dictate to teams, if they’re going to deal with Mario, they’re going to have to find him first.”

Pettine has stressed versatility as one of the foundations of the defense he’s bringing to the Buffalo Bills. He wants his defensive ends to play linebacker, his safeties to play corner, etc. And he wants Mario Williams to move around the defense, to force opposing offenses to find him.

“He is a versatile guy,” Pettine told host John Murphy. “He can play the defensive end spot. He can play outside linebacker. He can be up, he can be down. There are going to be times in our third down package where he will be down over a guard. He’s gonna be down over the center.”

“What I don’t want to do with Mario is line him up in one spot. Then teams can draw a bead, ‘hey-he’s always the right defensive end or the left defensive end.’ That way, they can set formations to help protect. They can chip him with a tight end, they can chip him with a back.”

Pettine praised Mario Williams work habits in the defensive meeting room and on the field so far. And he said the eight year veteran is adapting well to the versatile role the Bills are asking him to play.

“He’s done a great job understanding very quickly,” Pettine said. “He’s soaked it up. You can hear him in the back of the room making calls to himself and answer questions. He understands it really well.”

The entire interview with Bills Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine is available here

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