The AFC Defensive Player of the Month has seen plenty of Peyton Manning before. Mario Williams has also been one of the few to sack the Denver quarterback more than a handful of times in his career. That’s why entering Sunday’s game, despite the fact that Manning gets the ball off in an average of 2.18 seconds per drop back he believes there will be opportunities to shake up the Broncos QB.
When playing in the AFC South for Houston at the beginning of his career, Williams faced Manning twice a year while the quarterback was running the Indianapolis offense. Knowing how quick Manning gets the ball out, Williams says the approach has to be straightforward with no hesitation.
“Just bring it on a direct line,” said Williams of rushing Manning. “Don’t waste any time because he’s obviously a very smart quarterback and knows where he wants to go with the ball before the ball is snapped. So we can’t really play around or hesitate. We’ve just got to get after him.”
While Williams admits it’s anything but easy to get Manning on the ground it’s far from impossible.
“It’s tough to get to him because of his timing and things like that. Clearly you can. It’s not like he’s never been sacked,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to have more of those sacks. We have to change it up a little bit because he hasn’t been sacked a lot this year. Our goal is to go out and change that.”
Williams has a favorable matchup as he’ll face right tackle Louis Vasquez – a guard by trade. As Williams sees it the Bills will need more than just a strong defensive effort to neutralize Manning. He believes it will need to be a total team approach to keeping the veteran QB from taking over the game.
“I think facing somebody like him it’s important to have everybody on point. Everything is key,” he said. “Have the offense being able to keep the ball and don’t make it lopsided time of possession, have special teams win field position and for us to go out and get him off his spot and get after him. Everybody has to be a part of it.”
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