ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, play-action pass, run or wildcat formation: Mario Williams isn't worried about what the New York Jets might have in store for the Buffalo Bills defense this weekend.
Whatever it might be, the defensive end can't see how it'll slow the Bills' new-look and high-priced pass rush.
"No, no, no," Williams said Wednesday, dismissively shaking his head.
The Bills' season-opener at the Meadowlands Sunday has Williams eager to finally start earning the six-year, $100 million contract — the richest awarded to an NFL defensive player — he signed in March.
"The biggest thing is it's finally a chance to get out there and play," he said. "I'm really excited about it. It's been a long time. It's time to get out here with these guys and really get after it."
And it doesn't matter to Williams that Jets coach Rex Ryan has already promised to unveil Tebow and the wildcat formation after keeping it under wraps throughout the preseason.
"We'll be the first ones to face it, obviously, but it's one of those things that we've got to be able to adjust quickly depending on what they do and come out with," Williams said. "At the end of the day, as long as you hit the quarterback and get him down, you can do what you want to do."
At 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds, Williams provides the Bills' once-porous and patchwork defense a huge presence and a new pass-rushing dimension. Aside from allowing a franchise-worst 5,938 yards last year, Buffalo managed just 29 sacks last season — 10 of them coming in one game. The Bills' pass rush has been so anemic, they haven't averaged more than two sacks a season since finishing with 40 in 2006.
That has a great potential to change. A week after signing Williams three days into free agency, the Bills added another pass-rushing specialist, defensive end Mark Anderson a week later.
In making the switch to a 4-3 defensive system, the line is anchored by tackles Kyle Williams, who has looked rejuvenated after having season-ending foot surgery, and Marcell Dareus, who is coming off a solid rookie season.
The line showed glimpses of its havoc-creating potential during Buffalo's third preseason game against Pittsburgh. Dareus and Kyle Williams twice collapsed the pocket to flush quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was then sacked by Mario Williams.