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BDC 9/18: DE Williams Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 18, 2013 – 1:18 pm

–Bills DE Mario Williams has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Williams, who is the first Bills’ defensive lineman since 2006 (Aaron Schobel, Week 14) to win the award, notched a franchise record 4.5 sacks on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers.  Williams was particularly effective on third down as he produced 3.5 of his 4.5 sacks.

Mario by the Numbers:
3rd: Williams has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week three times in his NFL career (Week 1 and 15 – 2007)

9.5: Number of sacks since joining Buffalo in 2012 Williams has recorded on third-down situations, tying for third-most in the NFL

68: Williams ranks sixth in the NFL since entering the league in 2006 with 68.0 sacks

100: Williams played in and started the 100th game of his NFL career on Sunday vs. Carolina

7:20 am – Aaron Williams on the Morning Coffee Club (WBEE, Rochester)

8:00 am – Russ Brandon on the Howard Simon Show (WGR 550)

4:00 pm – Jeff Tuel on 1090 The Fan (Seattle, WA)

6:00 pm – Stevie Johnson on Sportsnet Connected (Toronto)

Bills DE Mario Williams was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week today after setting a franchise record for sacks in a single game with 4.5 on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. Williams currently leads the NFL in sacks through Week Two. (Photo courtesy of AP)

DOUG MARRONE, Buffalo Bills head coach
Q: When you see Mario playing with such passion and determination, what does that do for the rest of the team?
A: I just keep going back to I’ve always had that expectation. When we first came in to camp he was going a hundred miles an hour. I give him credit; he had that condition that he worked through. We tried to be very smart about that in how we handled it so he would have the ability to get out there and play at the level that he’s playing at right now. It’ll be tough because the higher level you play at puts a little more onus on your next opponent, whoever they may be, on what they’re going to do. If you just have one guy out there that’s doing it, I think you can take those types of guys away, but when you have a lot of good players that are rushing the quarterback or playing those positions, then it becomes a little bit tougher schematically. So you need to the production out of everyone to be productive overall as a team.

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