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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