During his first two regular-season games in the National Football League,
The challenge will not get any easier this week when the Browns welcome the Buffalo Bills to Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In the offseason, the Bills added Pro Bowl pass-rushing defensive end Mario Williams to their front four.
“I think it’s just a combination of pure athletic ability and when you add that to how big he is, it presents a lot of problems for you,” Schwartz said of Williams. “You just study the guy you see on film and you prepare for what you see. Obviously, you’ve got to be really good with what you’re doing against a guy like that. There’s a few ways he can get to you, athletically and physically. You just have to be really good with what you’re doing, evaluate what you see on film and create a game plan for him.”
In six years with the Houston Texans, Williams never had less than 4.5 quarterback sacks in a season. He registered 14 as a second-year player in 2007 and another 12 in 2008. Despite being limited to just five starts and five games last season due to injury, Williams collected 11 total tackles, 10 solo stops, five sacks and one forced fumble.
According to Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress, Williams, a former No. 1 overall pick of the Texans, offers opposing players a challenge because of his “speed, size, length, reach.”
“For being a 6-7 guy, he plays with pretty doggone good leverage and leverage wins in football,” Childress said. “If you’ve got two, big tall guys, the guy that can get lower is probably the guy that’s going to have the best of it. He is an athletic guy with the ability to power rush as well as be able to speed rush.”
In watching how Schwartz has gone about making preparations for his matchup with Williams, Childress has seen a quiet confidence from his right tackle.
“He’s a very smart kid, Mitch is,” Childress said. “You see him in a blitz meeting, he takes copious notes, and that smarts combined with he’s a pretty quick study too. You know, the smarts don’t get you by, Sometimes, you’ve got to get beat. Sometimes, you’ve got to be told. He’s a guy that can usually be told and put it into play on the next play as opposed to be told, be told, be told and not be able to get it in the play on the next play.”
In addition to Williams, the Bills have other physical and productive players on the defensive line.
Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are Buffalo’s defensive tackles and free-agent signee, Mark Anderson plays at right defensive end. Kyle Williams leads the way with two of the Bills’ five sacks on the season. Dareus and backup defensive tackle Alex Carrington have one each.
“They’ve got two really good defensive tackles with Dareus and Williams inside,” Schwartz said. “Those are two really good guys. They play hard; they play well and the defensive ends, they’ve got three guys who can rotate in there. They’re really good pass rushers and they’re pretty good against the run. They’re a quality line across the board.
“You can definitely test yourself. If you’re in the NFL, you want to see how good you are and you’re facing one of the best guys in the league, a guy who can pass rush and run defend pretty well and so, I think it’s a good test for me. It’s a good test for the whole offensive line and the whole offensive unit.”