ESPN’s Seth Wickersham checked in on improving Mario Williams in his Insider Blog today. If you have ESPN Premium access then you will enjoy the detailed read that ends with the following summary:
I know one game isn’t indicative of the season, but there’s no doubt Mario has moments where he looks like the most dominant player on the field and others when he isn’t even a nuisance for the offense - a reflection of his NC State career, when he was benched for ineffectiveness. Considering the pressure he’s under amid the controversy surrounding his selection, pressure that he did nothing to earn, for his sake I hope his overpowering play develops into the norm.
At the beginning of this, ESPN was extremely critical of Super Mario. One of ‘their’ favorite tactics was to constantly compare Williams to the success that they were choosing to project onto future hall of famer (if you listen to idiots like Mike Ditka droll) , Reggie Bush. Everything was about Bush. One segment on NFL Live had the personalities criticizing Williams via a projection that Bush would undoubtedly score more touchdowns than Williams would have sacks.
Hmmm. How is that working out for them?
Well…we are finally experiencing some re-addressment of the Williams vs Bush conversations. Woof Woof shared with us:
ESPN did do a spot on TV today on Mario and Reggie. Praise for Mario’s increasingly good play. They also talked about Reggie being over rated as a pro back. It may have been on PTI, but I’m not sure. It was very positive on Mario and Reggie proving that the number one pick may not turn out so bad after all.
After eight games, Mario has a very respectable 4.5 sacks for the Houston Texans and Gale Sayers, Jr.’s only touchdown has come on a punt return! In fact, Bush has yet scored a touchdown from a play from scrimmage through half the season! Additionally, Reggie Bush:
* has generated only 526 total yards from scrimmage in 8 games.
* longest run from scrimmage is only 18 yards on his way to rushing for only 207 yards for a 2.6 yard per carry average.
* has caught an impressive 46 passes this year, but he has only produced a 6.8 yard per catch average on 312 total yards.
* Yesterday, Bush generated negative yardage on 11 carries!! ESPN made a comment (but didn’t clarify it very well) that it was the only time in x years that a back has carried for more than 10 times and ended a game with negative yardage! (Don’t know if that is a New Orleans’ Saints record on throughout the entire NFL).
Heck…forget Mario Williams for a moment and check out this comparison – the Saints last pick in this year’s NFL draft has generated 700 yards from scrimmage and scored 7 touchdowns strictly from a wide receiver position this year.