Strong and powerful as Mario Williams might be, the defensive end can't bend perception.
It's one thing for Williams to suggest, in deference to his new Buffalo Bills teammates, that he's simply a piece of the puzzle, certainly not a one-man show. What's impossible to overlook is what Williams' celebrated arrival three days into free agency in March did - with the stroke of a pen on the bottom line of a $100 million contract - to immeasurably raise the hopes of a generation of the team's win-starved fans.
So who is Williams to argue in the face of those sky-high expectations, even though he, his teammates and coaches can all appreciate that one player alone and all the money in the world can't turn a perennial loser into a winner overnight.
''I mean, you can't do anything about it. Whenever you're put in this situation, you have to know there's responsibility that comes with it,'' Williams said. ''At the end of the day, we're all smart people. You know, I came here for a reason, ...