Kyle Williams Excited About 10th NFL Season

Kyle Williams is the heart and soul of Buffalo's defense. His strong play has earned him respect around the league as he just completed his fourth Pro Bowl appearance. Entering his 10th season, Williams doesn't appear to be slowing down and he's excited about playing for Rex Ryan.

The Buffalo Bills have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, and no one is more talented than defensive tackle Kyle Williams. The 31 year old is coming off of his fourth Pro Bowl appearance with the Bills and thankfully, it appears he has no plans to retire in the near future. In an interview with nola.com, Williams said the following on retirement.

"I never really thought about it," he said, when asked how long he wanted to play in the NFL. "I never really said that I want to play this X amount, or at least this many and retire and do something else."

That's great news for Bills fans as Williams' play was terrific in 2014. The defensive tackle had 41 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, three passes defensed and an interception in his ninth NFL season. Pro Football Focus (Subscription Required) had Williams as the NFL's seventh best DT/NT in 2014. His biggest area of strength in 2014 was as a pass rusher. The analytics site ranked Williams as the second best defensive tackle in this category behind Gerald McCoy of the Buccaneers with a +19.0 rating. They credited Williams with 12 quarterback hits and 29 quarterback hurries. 

As Williams enters his tenth NFL season, he'll be playing for his fifth head coach if you consider interim head coach Perry Fewell's brief tenure. This season, the Bills will have Rex Ryan as head coach and Williams is excited about playing for the defensive minded coach.

"Everybody I know that's played for him absolutely loves him, all the players that played for him, coaches that have coached with him have nothing but glowing things to say about him, so I'm excited about it," he said. "We've talked a little bit and I've played him twice a year for the last six years, so we're familiar with one another."

Ryan and new Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will be running a defense similar to one Williams played on in 2013 under Mike Pettine. In 2013, Williams set a career high with 10.5 sacks. Williams played defensive end in Pettine's system and thrived. According to PFF, Williams finished third overall among all 3-4 DEs with a +27.8 rating. Williams had 17 quarterback hits and 39 quarterback hurries in 2013 according to the site.

After finishing 9-7 in 2014, Buffalo appears to be on the cusp of making the playoffs. Hopefully Williams and the Bills accomplish this goal in 2015.


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