By David Hauser
For the past half decade the Vikings defense has been a nightmare matchup for Offensive Coordiantors to scheme for because of the impenetrable defensive line Minnesota assembled. The Vikings’ Pat Williams and Kevin Williams formed what NFL diehards coined “The Williams Wall.” This pair led a defense that did not allow a 100 yard rusher for virtually three straight seasons (allowing opponents only 68.5 rushing yards per game over this stretch). However, Pat Williams aged and left the team in 2010. Kevin Williams remains with the Vikings, but the Williams Wall has come down.
There is a new “Williams Wall” in the NFL these days. With the signing of “Super Mario” Williams, the Buffalo Bills are paring arguably the most complete defensive end in football with their already stout interior defensive lineman. Most notably, All-Pro defensive tackle Kyle Williams will line up next to Mario Williams on the d-line for the 2012 Buffalo Bills this fall. This new Williams Wall, along with standout Alabama second year defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, form the most fearsome defensive wall seen in the NFL in some time. This new “Williams Wall” gives the hungry fans of Western New York something of a proud foundation to once again stand upon.
By David Hauser
Big day for Headie Sports! Mario Willaims (@bbwolf90) is now using a Headie Sports created twitter avatar! It appears late yesterday afternoon a Bills fan tweeted the new Bills Defensive End the “Super Mario Bros: Buffalo Bills Free Agency Edition” artwork from this website. Mario Williams is now sporting only the headiest of twitter avatars that I’ve seen throughout the twittersphere.
Per the request of Bills fans over at Buffalo Rumblings, here is a similar version of the Super Mario Bros. pic with Kyle Williams to represent the tremendous defensive line advantage the Bills will have moving forward (let’s also not forget #3 overall pick from the 2011 NFL Draft, Marcell Dareus either). It would now appear the Bills are no longer pursuing Manningham, after locking up the real Super Mario for $100 million over 6 years.
According to Buddy Nix in an appearance on Pro Football now with Mike Florio this past Friday, it appears the Bills will be seeking a WR with a bigger frame and 4.4-4.5 speed in the NFL draft, perhaps as early as the 2nd round.
As the weekend following the signing carries on, the #SuperMarioParty continues on in Western New York! Reports from Buffalonians suggest there was not much work productivity this past Thursday, as fans followed along with the huge signing at work. Additionally, fans started up a spirited and random car horn honking campaign all the way home throughout 5 o’clock traffic on I-90 thru Buffalo to celebrate the monumental Super Mario signing.
Luke Russert continues to operate in his late father’s stead as defacto leader of the #BillsMafia. Using his national communication platform, Russert tweeted back and forth with ESPN Chris Mortenson as Bills fans waited for the word as to whether or not Mario was indeed signing with the Bills. In the moments following the successful Super Mario signing, Mortenson responded to Russert who tweeted “Yeah baby!!! Mario in #Buffalo!!” with “I can see your Dad smiling and pumping his fist right now.”
By David Hauser
Mario Williams is on the cusp of making the Buffalo Bills relevant for the first time in this millennium. Doug Flute just blushed at the thought. Buffalo is also trying to chase down veteran WR and Super Bowl XLVI hero, Mario Manningham. 2012 Free Agency is shaping into a Nintendo video game fantasy for the hungry fans of Western New York.