There's little doubt that if the Bills are going to be successful on this two game, west coast road trip, they will need to get production from top defensive end Mario Williams. The team's counting on the 27 year old to be the cornerstone of the defense.
So far the team has gone as he has. In the Bills' two wins, Williams has been disruptive. He logged one and a half sacks against the Browns, helping his team to total four. The week before, against Kansas City, Williams' presence was a big reason that the Bills sacked Matt Cassel five times.
Much has been made this week about Williams' health. He's been nursing a sore wrist. That may be part of the reason Williams only has eleven tackles through the first four games of the season. It's clear that his presence has paid off at times, but for his contract to pay off his presence will have to magnify significantly.
"He is trying to play the best he can play, that is for sure," said Chan Gailey. "I think what happens a lot of times is that there is a great deal of respect for him. They chip him and put a couple of guys on him.
"Can he play better? Yeah, he can play better. But there is a lot of guys that fall in that category. T here is a lot of guys that can play better. I can coach better. Everybody can do better."
"I feel my pressure," Williams assured. "I know what is here and I know what I need to do. I just have to bear down and fix things that are wrong with me health wise. Just get after it regardless of everything else."