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Mario unaffected by OT Howard’s tactics

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2013 – 9:42 am

Last season in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium, Mario Williams was effectively neutralized by former undrafted free agent RT Austin Howard. Williams claimed Howard drove his hands up under his facemask and into his face and was never called for it by the officials. Williams stat line for the game was a single tackle in a blowout loss. Heading into the rematch, Williams said it doesn’t matter who it is his approach will be the same as it always is.

“Every week. Every week. Every time I step on the field Sunday whoever is across the ball that’s not my mentality that’s our mentality and we’re definitely looking forward to mixing it up,” said Williams.

When asked if he plans to talk to officials beforehand about Howard’s hands to the face tactics, Mario said he wouldn’t bother.

“No, just play ball,” he said. “That’s the mindset, just go out there and mix it up, get after it.”

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Respect for Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2012 – 2:50 pm

Jets head coach Rex Ryan isn’t thrilled to see Mario Williams in his division, but he did manage to find a silver lining after the Bills signed him in free agency.

“I was like, ‘Oh no, please don’t, please don’t,'” Ryan recalled. “But you know what, in a way it was funny because I was like, ‘Oh great, if we can survive the two weeks against him, it would be a positive that he gets to go hit Tom Brady.’ So I thought that was a real positive. It is kind of exciting to get great football players within the division, there’s no doubt. Obviously you wish those players were on your team, but the fact that he went to Buffalo, it’s like, ‘Oh boy.’

“He’s a tremendous football player…I can tell you this, our tackle’s probably not sleeping very well this week, there’s no doubt. I know I wouldn’t be if I had to go against him.”

The Jets starting right tackle this week is Austin Howard, a former practice squad player of the Ravens, signed by the Jets last season. He does not have an NFL start on his resume.

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