Opponent Opinions: DE Mario Williams

The Dolphins face off against the Houston Texans this weekend, and defensive end Mario Williams -- and 2006 first overall pick -- discusses the matchup as well as his team's slow start.

On what it's like playing on a team that seemingly has a lot of talent but hasn't been able to pull out a win: "Obviously we still got things to iron out. There's definitely no loss of faith. I just play as hard as I can and hope things turn around."

On if he's looking forward to facing fellow number one overall pick Jake Long: "I look forward to every Sunday. Obviously Jake is a great player. He wouldn't be drafted number one if he wasn't. As far as telling myself something like that, I really don't focus on that. I let you guys do that."

On his impressions of the "Wildcat" offense: "I think that's a big spark to their team. It seems like whenever they do get in that formation and they run their plays, it really gives a lot of intensity and the team is real fired up especially whenever those plays are called. It's just one of those things where we've got to come in and be focused, and don't be really discouraged and don't be out of gap I guess; pay attention, be focused and we'll be fine."

On how difficult the unbalanced line in the "Wildcat" impacts the defensive linemen: "It's just one of those things that you've got to keep your head up and you can't be confused with it. You got to be able to recognize it quickly and go out and execute the defense that we're going to call against that and play ball. Just don't go out there and get all crazy now. Just be focused."

On if the team is confident they can stop the "Wildcat": "We'll see. Obviously we're not going to come out here and say no. You've got to be retarded for us to sit here and say, ‘We're not going to be able to stop anything like that.' But we'll see what happens on Sunday."

On what he sees from Jake Long on film: "He's a big, obviously, strong physical guy. He moves well. He's a young player, but he plays like he's been in the system for a while. Like I said, it's just one of those things that they've got him out there pretty much holding off one side of the line, so he's a great player and I look forward to playing him."

On the pressure that comes from being the number one overall pick in the NFL draft and the huge expectations that were put on him during his rookie season compared to what Jake Long will possibly go face going up against the best pass rusher of each team: "I think that pretty much the only pressure that is allowed is what you allow on yourself as a player. I can say that for myself, the only thing that I was worried about is try to come in and know my role and help the team win. All the other stuff you can add it on to yourself, but it's all going to be difficult. It's only going to make it harder for you to play. At the end of the day when you come out there, the only pressure that you should have is the pressure that you have on yourself and the pressure that you want to come out and perform good for your team and that's all that matters."

On his growth as a player from 2007 to now and how he feels he has built on that this season: "Just the repetitions and going out there and seeing different things and seeing formations, and seeing blocks and stuff like that. It just becomes second nature to you after you see things like that over and over again. Just by going through the practices from last year to this year, the games from last year to this year, it just becomes kind of a reaction to say when you're out there playing football."

On if their 0-4 record is deceiving: "It could have definitely went either way. Just like last week, it could have definitely went either way. But it's behind us now and we've got to really focus on this game right here that's in front of us."

On if he feels the locker room is getting desperate for a victory from a confidence standpoint: "I don't know about desperate, but one thing I can say is we have a tremendous belief in what we can do. We just have to finish it. That's the only thing. Just because we are 0-4, it's obviously not what we want, but we definitely aren't going to sit here and hide and run from it. And the games that come, we're not going to sit here and be like ‘Oh, we're going to sit around and think about that being 0-4.' We're definitely going to be up to it every week."

On if he sees Ronnie Brown as the same dangerous running back that they played last year: "Yeah, most definitely. From seeing what he did last year with that year that he had, it's just one of those things that at any moment anything can happen. So we're not going to sit here and be like, ‘Oh, he's not the running back he used to be,' definitely not that. I don't look at it that way. We know he's a great running back and we know he's going to be out there playing as hard as he can."

On the biggest difference between the Dolphins from last year to this year: "It's night and day. Not just how they play, but you look at their record. They're out there and like I said, the schemes that they have and the things that they have been doing have really sparked their offense especially. They're really playing hard. It's just one of those things that we're going to have to play our game to try to match that intensity and hopefully get a victory."


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