Mario Williams Wasn’t a Sack Master Before the Bills, and More AFC East News – Bleacher Report

The Buffalo Bills brought in defensive end Mario Williams to be their sack master. Unfortunately, they failed to notice that he’s never been that.

In his six years in the league, he only registered double-digit sacks two times—his second and third years in the league. In fact, his numbers have sharply declined since those two seasons.

  • 2006: 4.5 sacks
  • 2007: 14 sacks
  • 2008: 12 sacks
  • 2009: 9 sacks
  • 2010: 8.5 sacks (13 games)
  • 2011: 5 sacks (5 games)
  • 2012: 1.5 sacks (4 games)

Sacks are not the only measure of a good pass-rusher, but on his current pace, he’ll finish with six. That’s the measure of an overrated pass rusher, at least from what we’ve seen to this point.

Granted, there will probably be some bush-league offensive tackle he faces down the road—if the Thursday night football game between the Cardinals and Rams is any indication, Williams could have his way with Cardinals tackle D’Anthony Batiste—but one four-sack game doesn’t compensate for three out of four weeks to start the season without getting much pressure.

Indeed, it’s time for him to stop making excuses and start producing, as Bleacher Report national lead writer Aaron Nagler put it.

The thing is, if Williams wasn’t getting to the quarterback but was still collapsing the pocket, his disappearing act wouldn’t be so egregious. But the fact that teams don’t have to account for him whatsoever means they are able to just leave their right tackle out on an island and forget about him, without even thinking about needing to give him help, which allows offenses to block up the Bills’ pass rush rather easily. 

Funny, any notion of Williams being left on an island may have been enough in the preseason to send Buffalo into a collective state of ecstasy.

Pardon the cliché, but it’s time for Williams to put up or shut up.

Here is some more news, updates and analysis from around the AFC East.

New England Patriots

Mike Dussault of PatsPropaganda.com takes a look at big plays, which have been the Patriots’ bugaboo of year’s past, and appear to be a weakness once again.

Field Yates of ESPN Boston examines some connections between the Patriots and the Broncos headed into the Week 5 showdown.

New York Jets

According to Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Jets head coach Rex Ryan thinks quarterback Mark Sanchez has the thick skin necessary to survive with the Jets.

T.J. Rosenthal of TurnOnTheJets.com recaps the tumultuous past two weeks in New York, pointing out that most teams would struggle with that much calamity.

Buffalo Bills

Howard Simon of WGR 550 Sportsradio writes that there’s enough blame to go around on defense, but that there’s plenty of time for the unit to turn it around.

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News says the Bills should be wary of 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, even though he’s only been a role player in the offense to date.

Miami Dolphins

B/R Dolphins featured columnist Alex Miglio analyzes the two game-changing turnovers against the Arizona Cardinals, and how the Dolphins might avoid mistakes like that in future games.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post writes that quick strikes are the key against the Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and “like” the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.

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