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.”