Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 3/16/12
Mario Williams was honest in his summarization of his Texans experience and beyond simply complimentary in his praise for Gary Kubiak as a coach and a person. Williams also sounded relieved that the whole free agent experience is over. "It was a great run," Williams said Thursday evening from his home in North Carolina upon returning from signing his deal with the Bills. "(The fans) supported me. Obviously coming in after the draft, with Reggie (Bush) and Vince (Young), things were definitely shaky. The organization was crazy and all this other stuff but things definitely turned around and I can't say enough about the fans that were there." Williams said that throughout the free agent process he stayed in touch with Kubiak and even updated the coach about exactly which teams were involved in the recruiting process. "Coach Kubiak knew everything that was going on," Williams said. "I told him exactly who was in the mix, exactly the conversations that I had with Rick Smith and I can't say enough about that man. He's a phenomenal coach and an even more phenomenal person. He's somebody you can trust with anything no mater what you say, no matter what you do." Williams said that when he learned that the Bills had serious interest, he had reservations about moving to the city of Buffalo but those questions were put to rest once he visited the city. "I always heard that people would say this and say that," said Williams. "I wanted to see for myself and when I got there I just realized that it's not what you hear. I'm from a small town and to me it looked like a magnified home town. The city just welcomed me with open arms." With the Bills, Williams will go back to the 3-4 defense which he had played with the Texans prior to the arrival of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. But Williams made it clear that the defensive alignment had no bearing on his decision. "The 3-4 was great also," said Williams. "To me, the 4-3 or 3-4 scheme wasn't a deciding factor." Williams repeated his fondness for Gary Kubiak each time he was questioned about his years wearing a Texans uniform: "Gary Kubiak was like a father figure to me. He was a great mentor. He always shot me straight. There was never any guessing game or blowing smoke or anything like that. (The coaches) were phenomenal. "It's been great, man. The fans have been great." A couple of Williams' Texans teammates were not at all surprised that he found a home somewhere else, given the Texans' limited resources under the salary cap. Williams was close with defensive end Antonio Smith who almost expected Williams to sign with another team. "Once I saw it got past a certain date, I started preparing myself for the worst," Smith said. "I was surprised it was the Bills. I didn't think it was going to be them." "I can't say I was too surprised," said tackle Duane Brown, who was forced to block Williams routinely during practices. "He introduced me to the NFL when I got to Houston. I had to face him day in and day out. It's very rare that you see someone that big and that powerful with that athleticism and that quickness. He's a freak of nature, man."
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