Monday, July 28, 2014

Schwartz: Mario has Megatron-type effect on defense


Is Mario Williams a Calvin Johnson on defense? Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz seems to think so.

Schwartz, who coached Megatron in Detroit, likens Williams to Johnson, despite their playing on opposite sides of the ball.

"Mario's got a lot of the same in him," Schwartz said recently, via "He's just so damn big, and he's such an explosive player, even if you want to move him around, they're still going to account for him."

Williams stands at 6-6, 292 pounds, edging out Johnson by an inch in height and about 60 pounds in weight. But comparatively, we see where Schwartz is going with it. Both players open things up for their teammates in similar ways.

'We can use that to our advantage," the Bills' new defensive coach said. "I don't want to stretch it into saying we'll use him as a decoy. But a great player that gets a lot of attention can create some other things for his teammates.''

By constantly accounting for Williams' position on the field, opposing teams leave the door open for the likes of Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes to sneak through and make plays. Moving forward, that seems to be the plan.

Mario Williams led the team with 13 sacks in 2013, and all four players combined for 41 quarterback takedowns last season.

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