Mario Williams: Bills' defensive line asked coaches to 'turn it loose'

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams was vocal during this past season about his role in Rex Ryan's defense, and he still isn't shying away from giving his opinion about the scheme.

Here is what Williams recently told ESPN NFL Insider Josina Anderson:

"We were building a defense that we can go and shut people down, shut people out, and then all of a sudden everything just changes as far as how the players are used. That’s just kind of odd to me. ... I’m not saying that the scheme is wrong, I’m just saying that our strengths could be utilized better. ... In our meetings defensively, especially in our defensive line room, we said, 'Can we go straight? Can we just go? Can we turn it loose?'

"[We] said to our defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, 'Do we have to drop on this?' ... I'm not the type of person to cause chaos inside of our home. I tried to make it clear that I'm not criticizing anybody. I'm just saying, 'Can we just go forward? Can we mix it up? Can we attack and get after it? We don’t need to disguise.'

"It's kind of crazy when you are asked to do something that is totally different, but yet as a whole it didn’t work out defensively. ... But yet I'm the one whose production has fallen off? Like, that is why I'm saying, I'm prepared for anything because I know I'm going to prove a point and that is not even a question in my mind.

"At the end of the day, if I'm not there, I'll show you that I'm better than what I've been before. Like, that's just a chip on my shoulder regardless of whether I am there or not, because given the opportunity I’ll get back to what I was."