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March 25, 2014 @ 10:14 am
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Former College Coach Speaks About Mike Williams

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Former Syracuse head football coach Doug Marrone, who now coaches the Buffalo Bills, spoke about troubled Bucs receiver Mike Williams at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando Tuesday morning.
After the latest incident with Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams, in which he was stabbed in the leg by his brother during an altercation at his Avila home on Sunday afternoon, even the most passionate Williams supporters are starting to question what his future in Tampa Bay should be.

Someone who has known Williams for a number of years, and has been a witness to some off of his off the field issues, is Bills head coach Doug Marrone who coached Williams at Syracuse. Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings, Marrone weighed in on Williams to ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas.

"I've always had a lot of respect for Mike," Marrone said. "I thought Mike was a heck of a football player. We had a lot of conversations. There were a lot of good things that were going on. I got a lot of calls before the draft and I told those guys that Mike would do well.

During his time at Syracuse, Williams was suspended for academic issues before ultimately quitting the football team.

“We've been disconnected obviously from when he left to his time in Tampa,” Marrone said. “But I liked Mike. I really did. I wish him well. Yesterday, I talked to [Tampa Bay general manager] Jason [Licht] just to see if he was OK. Obviously, I care about Mike."

Many feel Williams may be released in light of the latest incident after head coach Lovie Smith and Light voiced their displeasure with Williams' negative headlines back in February at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team,” Smith said in February. “He has to understand that.

"Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. 

“There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that.

"And if you’re not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that’s where Mike has to take care of a few things.”


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    Doug Marrone must have been listening to me!
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    since when is a 4.49 considered "slow" & when is a 1000 yard receiver "not that good" smh
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    Not sure who some of you were watching. In 2012 Williams again had nearly 1000 yards receiving. Not an easy feat. In 2013 Williams attempted to play with a torn hamstring which clearly was a problem. No, he's not one of the top 10 receivers in the NFL. But he's no Tiquan Underwood either. Check the list of no names on our roster. Want to go into the season with that collection?
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    Lovie has already spoken and does not plan to cut Williams, which only means he plans to try and turn him around, maybe even Dungy will help him do an intervention, but if he starts this year dropping passes again and sluggish in his breaks, Lovie will not tolerate anything but his best and will have warned him what will happen if he doesn't produce at the level of his pay. Then he will be history! Lovie did not jump to conclusions but waited for the facts and tries to turn players into better people like Dungy used to do quietly behind the scenes. I love this HC. Just what the Bucs needed. Wake up this last wake up call, Williams. Your team needs your best now. Look what Talib was able to do this year with just more maturity.
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    Have the police been able to catch the stabber or find the weapon? Do they think he might return at night and break in? Maybe check the phone records. Maybe the Glazers could put up a reward ? If you see him don't be a" hero" just call 911.
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    They will wait to see what happens in the draft and the rest of free agency, before they cut him, but I would bet he has used up his last chance already. He had already been warned after the last incident. He hasn't changed for the better, Lovie won't be able to count on him, nor can his teamates. Soften the butter, because he will be toast before the end of summer.
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    Again, 4-12, 7-9 and 4-12. Last offseason my motto was "Win dammit!" This year my motto will be those records. That should say enough.
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    i can't say this enough, he's just not that good of a player to put up with his b.s..we need speed, he doesn't have it. we need players who are dedicated to the team, and football not rap, and partying. lets say we give him a chance this year and he tows the line. then next year when we're on the hook for big money he turns into a caveman again. how bout this. cut him, resign for one year at league minimum, with an option for next year at slightly more money. i'm saying that only to make the mike lovers happy, i'd move on altogether. there's half a dozen better receivers in this draft.
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    Surferdudes I agree there are half a dozen better WR's than M. Williams in this draft but there are 31 other teams drafting against us. Even if we got one of them, we need at least 3 great WR's and that's assuming none of them get hurt. It's not like we have a great TE or pass catching RB to be our 3rd option. He is "that good of a player" when you consider we have the worst offense in the NFL without him. What B.S. are we putting up with? Bucs fans have caught more flak in blogs and online posts for getting rid of good players like Revis and Talib than we got for keeping Talib when he was getting into trouble. If we are truly damned if we do and damned if we don't keep Williams, I'd much rather err on the side of keeping him and win some damn football games!
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    Hey Marrone, if you really believe in Mike Williams...... give us a draft pick for him
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    His coach said nothing of value. Why is everyone ready to cut Williams, exactly? Because HE GOT stabbed? I think everyone is jumping at the chance to say he's a pain and want him cut unfairly. If this were GMC or Lavonte, fans would be singing a different tune. Does he need to put himself in better situations? Based on reports, sure. But his BROTHER stabbed HIM! I can honestly say every time I visit with family my suspicions of them potentially stabbing me are 0%. Not sure what Mike was supposed to do here, aside from not lying to the police, claiming a "wrestling match" went too far. Come on people.
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    Horse - Agreed. The only thing that would really bother me about this situation is if he hasn't returned Licht's call yet or if he's too hurt to participate in the upcoming offseason workouts. Even entertainers have to at least return the phone call of their boss/manager within 24 hours. If you can't measure it you can't manage it and Licht has to be able to measure what state Mike is in physically and mentally so he can manage the WR position properly. FA's are still being signed every day so every day count's, although based on the quick release from the hospital I think it's safe to assume Mike will be fine physically and ready to play in April. PR, can you confirm if Licht has at least heard from Mike?
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    So basically a coach who has had no contact with Williams for more than 4 years speaks out about what was already public knowledge back then? I don't quite see the importance of this Article? I say wait for a few months and lets see if Williams can straighten himself out. We will lose 1.2 million no matter what, and the additional $600,000 roster bonus will allow us until after the 2nd day of regular season before the 5.2 million 2015 contract kicks in. We surely will be able to make a decision by then.
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    let us hope that Lovey means what he has said.
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