Mario has plenty to prove in Houston
With plenty to prove, could this be the boost Mario Williams needs? He's had a wrist procedure to alleviate lingering pain. He's had a full bye week to rest up. And this will be a return to Houston, his home of six years.
"At the end of the day, I have something to prove in general," Williams said Wednesday. "Definitely, with everything that's been going on, it hasn't been the way I really wanted it. . .It's just a coincidence that this week, after the bye week, everybody has time off to regroup and look at things and it just so happens to be against this team."
It's about more than just returning to the place he spent the first six years of his career. On Wednesday, Williams shed some light on the way he left Houston, implying that the parting was not exactly an amicable. He told the media that he was pushed out the door, without a contract offer.
"Everybody looks at it as 'you just upping leave,'" Williams adamantly said. "But, you don't know the fact of basically being told 'we're not giving you anything' as far as an offer or anything like that.
"Your hands are tied in that aspect, and everyone else looks at it as you just went into free agency and left. Obviously, there was plenty of time for things to be done that (weren't). At the end of the day, it was a decision that the general manager (Rick Smith) made, opened the door and gave me a one way exit. And that was it."
It - until they meet again. Will it be memorable? We'll find out Sunday.
Was it the right decision? Stay tuned.