Kyle Williams has been on defenses that have been mediocre to bad to downright awful in his 6 year Buffalo Bills career. Williams, like many others inside and outside of the organization, expects this season to be different.
An off season that included the biggest free agent signing in the NFL, a new scheme, new Defensive Coordinator and another first round draft pick being spent on the defensive side of the ball, has many convinced the Bills will dramatically improve in that area.
“There are reasons to be optimistic where this is headed” Williams said during a segment on the WGR Morning Show on Wednesday. “But its like we’ve talked about with the defensive linemen, everything looks good on paper but none of it matters unless you put the work in so we’ve got a long way to go but I think the potential is there.”
The Bills are coming off a season where the defense was one of the worst in franchise history while ending up 30th in the NFL in points allowed and 26th in total yards per game.
But the off season additions/moves, season number two for Marcell Dareus and Williams himself returning to full health after an injury shortened 2011 campaign are among the reasons for the optimism.
“You look around and see a lot of talent and really good football players and think the sky is the limit but it all goes back to hard work” Williams said. “With everybody we’ve added, we feel good about where we can go.”
High expectations can bring with it the pressure to meet those expectations but the LSU product is ready for the challenge. “We do what we do because we want to be the best” Williams told WGR. “That should be our aiming point, our goal. That should always be our goal. Now with a new lift to us with Coach Wannstedt and new players, enthusiasm’s running around.”
As to Wannstedt who takes over as Coordinator from George Edwards, Williams says fans will like what they see. “We’re going to be an attacking defense” Williams said of the 4-3 scheme the Bills will utilize. “It’s a little different from what we’ve done the last couple of years. Guys are going to have their hands on the ground, coming off the ball, attacking guys. Everybody in our room is excited about what we’re going to do on defense.”
In Williams 6 seasons with the Bills, the defense has finished in the bottom half of the league in total yards allowed 5 times. A 14th place finish in 2008 is the high water mark.
They’ve been in the bottom half in terms of points allowed in 4 of the 6 seasons with 10th being their best ranking in 2006.
Williams also told WGR his rehab from the surgery on bone spurs in his foot is going well and he anticipates being able to go 100% by the start of training camp.