"When we talk about 'all in,' we’re going to do everything we can in our power to help our players succeed," Ryan said. "And that’s why we made some of the changes that we made."
Ryan elaborated on his comment by talking about some of the players the Bills released or let walk in free agency. When discussing Mario Williams, Ryan made a point to mention that he doesn't wish Williams well.
"Player-wise, sometimes the salary cap kind of influences you. Look, I like Leodis McKelvin, Nigel Bradham. Mario Williams, yeah, but he is making $17 million dollars [in Miami]. Guess what, it wasn’t going to happen. Now look, with some of the comments [he made], do I wish him well? Not really. But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe."
Of course, part of the reason Ryan doesn't wish Williams well is because he stayed in the AFC East with the Dolphins. That said, Ryan made a point to note that he's coached many terrific players and that he asked them to drop into coverage and none of them complained the way Williams did in 2015.
"He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf---ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play. Coaches spend a hell of a lot more time studying tape and everything else. They are trying to put the team in the best position to be successful, not an individual. Terrell Suggs, he has been the defensive Player of the Year in this league. Ed Reed has been. Ray Lewis has been. You can go right down the line. Trevor Pryce had 14 sacks as a defensive tackle. One of the most unselfish guys you’ve ever seen. That’s what it is about. I’ll never forget, I used to have Ray sell out for maybe the 11th guy on defense. Ray Lewis is going to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, if not the greatest. That’s when you’ve got something special, and that’s what we are trying to build here."
Williams quit on the Bills in 2015 and Ryan doesn't seem to miss having the defensive end on his roster.null