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Mario Williams takes back what he said

Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills lines

Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Aug. 25, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Bills defensive end Mario Williams got into a little hot water on Thursday when he described new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s defensive philosophy as follows: “He usually says, ‘Kill ‘em or hurt ‘em,’” Williams said “That’s what I always hear.”

But in this day and age of keen sensitivity toward those kinds of words – see: last year’s Saints’ bounty scandal – Williams took back what he said. 

“Just to clarify a choice of words I used:  The phrase ‘kill them’ has never been said by Coach Pet or any of my coaches/teammates,” Williams wrote today on his Twitter account. “I said it as a figure of speech from my ‘perspective’ not literally or any actual intention.  Coach [Pettine] has led us in an aggressive D since Day One.  We’ve operated in a ‘beat them’ mode this offseason w/ a goal of mentally hurting the offense (future opponents) by being physical and disruptive at the line of scrimmage & through any pass protection.  Pressure, TFL, turnovers & sacks.”

Got that? 

Tags: Mario Williams , Bills , Mike Pettine , bounty

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