Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 9/9/12

Having been made the $100 million man this offseason, Mario Williams was expected to wreak havoc on opposing offenses, starting with the Jets in Week 1.

All things considered, however, his Bills debut was something of a dud, as New York's offensive line -- right tackle Austin Howard, in particular -- completely stonewalled the former Texan, limiting him to just one tackle. That's right. No quarterback sacks, no hurries, no knockdowns. Just one measly tackle.

Instead of giving credit where it's due, Williams blamed his unsuccessful afternoon on the replacement officials, implying they let the Jets' linemen get away with cheap shots.

“Pass blocking doesn’t consist of illegal hands to the face just about every play, which, when somebody tells you that, and you’re five yards away from it, and you walk away like you don’t see him telling you you’re getting punched in the face every time, then that dictates somebody like myself having to take care of that on my own,” Williams said, via ESPNNewYork.com.

Williams watched as quarterback Mark Sanchez carved up Buffalo's defense in the 48-28 rout. Despite playing a full complement of snaps, he was unable to stop the assault. Again, instead of crediting the opposition, Williams continued his barrage on the referees and their supposed missed calls.

"I had some things going on, so I stayed on the left side, but it's just one of those things where you tell somebody from the beginning of the game -- and it happens, one time that's on me. But when it's multiple times and I tell you and honestly you act like you don't hear me throughout the whole game, I think that's a big problem," Williams said.

"It's not something that's really going to dictate something, but what are you going to about it? You're getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally -- not by accident -- just about every other time, and that's a penalty, last time I checked, unless they changed it with the new CBA or something. Last time I checked, that's a penalty."

Williams accused Howard, who was making only his second career start, of being a "hands to the face guy." Howard, on the other hand, said "it was a battle out there" and complimented Williams for being a good player who's "gonna have a great year."

Williams' claims won't be validated until the game tape is reviewed, though missed penalties don't excuse him of being a non-factor, nor does it take anything away from Howard's terrific showing. For the egregious amount of money he's making, Williams needs to produce and not revert to a sour grapes attitude following an embarrassing loss.

He'll get another shot to prove his worth against the Chiefs in Week 2. For everyone's sake, let's hope the refs keep their eyes peeled.

(Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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