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Mario Williams relays Mike Pettine's credo: 'Kill 'em, hurt 'em'

By Tim Graham

While they're unlikely to be the words the NFL would use, Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams summed up defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's philosophy thusly:

"He usually says 'Kill 'em or hurt 'em.' That's what I always hear."

On the final day of spring workouts and before taking a six-week break before training camp, Williams exalted the Bills' new defensive scheme for their aggression and entertainment value.

This year's defense certainly should be more creative than last year's under Dave Wannstedt.

"The biggest thing from last year to this year is there's a lot more moving parts," Williams said. "It can be pretty complex and a lot to digest in a short period of time, but once you get the grasp of it, once you know, say, a third of it you can piece it together. As long as you know our key words and hand signals, even if you don't have the best grasp on it, you can get the hang of it.

"I will say from going against the offense, it seems to be pretty difficult for them to pick up."

I asked Williams if he agreed with the criticism Wannstedt's defense was too simple.

"If I were to compare two apples, you would have to say that," Williams said. "Not saying anything about last year's defense because that was last year, but this year's defense is totally different.

"I don't even know where I'm going to be half the time. That's definitely new. We got guys all over the place. It's not something simple that you can just look and say 'When they come out like this, he's there and there's this.' "

Williams added the defensive versatility will allow them to make adjustments against imaginative offenses.

"The defense is allowing us to have a lot of fun," Williams said. "There are so many moving parts that when you finally learn them and are able to digest them, you can have even more fun because then you know when you can take a chance. You know where you got help.

"It's a blast. It's just a lot of fun."


Dave Wannstedt | Mario Williams | Mike Pettine
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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