Mario Williams’ personal issues, conditioning ruined his time with Dolphins

Mario Williams is done in Miami, and it's uncertain whether there will be much interest in him in free agency. (Bill Ingram/The Post)
Mario Williams is done in Miami, and it’s uncertain whether there will be much interest in him in free agency. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

INDIANAPOLIS–The Dolphins envisioned a scary pass rush last season with Mario Williams and Cameron Wake at defensive end and Ndamukong Suh in the middle, but one piece of that equation didn’t materialize. Williams, who earned $8.5 million last season, was a dud.

He lost his starting job to Andre Branch early in the year, was called out by Vance Joseph for not playing hard enough, was a healthy scratch late in the season and was cut last month. His one year with Miami yielded nine tackles and four sacks, and he played 39 percent of the defensive snaps.
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Miami Dolphins inactives: Byron Maxwell out, Mario Williams playing

This guy won't be in action today, but he's a possibility for next week if Miami advances. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
This guy won’t be in action today, but he’s a possibility for next week if Miami advances. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

PITTSBURGH–The Dolphins are looking to pull the upset today and move on to a divisional-round playoff game next weekend at New England.

In that effort, Miami will be several key players. Here is the inactive list for this afternoon:
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Are Miami Dolphins finished with DE Mario Williams after healthy scratch?

This hasn't worked out well. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
This hasn’t worked out well. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS–Mario Williams is one of the highest-paid players on the Dolphins’ roster, and his lackluster time in Miami might be finished.

Williams was a healthy scratch for today’s 35-14 loss to the Patriots, the latest mile-marker in a tumultuous season for him, and he’s got a week to pull himself out of the doghouse for at least the second time this season.
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Miami Dolphins DE Mario Williams won’t ‘suggest stuff’ (like not missing Buffalo)

Defensive end Mario Williams says of his time with the Dolphins, 'Everything we do is fun, you're into it.' (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Defensive end Mario Williams says of his time with the Dolphins, ‘Everything we do is fun, you’re into it.’ (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Defensive end Mario Williams was called a lot of things during his four seasons in Buffalo. Team player wasn’t one of them.

Tuesday, Williams talked for an extended time with the media both in South Florida and in Buffalo. He displayed remarkable agility for a 300-pound man, nimbly tap-dancing around anything that could be remotely construed as firing back at Bills who in the past have blasted him, while at the same time putting on a happy face about his time with the Dolphins even though on a personal level, the season has been a major disappointment.

Williams has 13 tackles in spot duty over 12 games this season. Linebacker Koa Misi has nine more tackles — and has played only three games. Williams also has 1 1/2 sacks, putting the former No. 1 overall draft pick alongside most of the team’s defensive backs.

But this season hasn’t turned as sour as it did in Buffalo, where anonymous teammates took shots at him for perceived loafing and coach Rex Ryan admitted he did not wish Williams well in the transition to Miami.

Needless to say, that’s what the media in western New York wanted to talk about, but Williams wasn’t biting. Example: When Williams talked about how much fun it is to be with the Dolphins, he was asked if he was suggesting it maybe wasn’t fun last year.

“No, I’m not suggesting that,” he said. “I can’t suggest stuff for anybody else or even anything in the past.”

On and on it went:

Q: What do you miss the most about western New York?

A: I can’t really say. I’m engulfed in Miami and what we’re doing down here.

Q: So you’ve cut Buffalo out of your mind? Any different from you would have when you left Houston?

A: Say that again?

Q: (Question more or less repeated)

A: “I can’t say that, but you’re asking me this question right now during football season. That’s not a time to sit there and think about something else. It’s like (asking), ‘How many ex-girlfriends have you had?’ Are you going to tell your girlfriend that? (laughter) ‘I miss that girl. I miss this girl.’ Come on, man.” (laughter)

Williams also was asked if he’d get extra satisfaction by beating the Bills because it would knock them out of playoff contention and would be another strike against coach Rex Ryan, who may be fired regardless.

“No,” Williams said. “I would take more pride in winning the game for us, for the Dolphins fans, for this organization, for the players who come out here and put in work. I’ve seen it with my own eyes the dedication that they’ve put into this whole thing. That’s the only thing I would like to see.”

In the Bills’ locker room, there no doubt were players with raised eyebrows over that one. As Williams left the Bills, one player said he had “checked out” on the team and “doesn’t care about anybody but himself.” The Bills had given Williams a six-year, $100 million contract in 2012.

But despite a diminished role and diminished production in Miami, Williams tried to put on a happy face with South Florida reporters, stressing the atmosphere in the locker room.

“Everything we do is fun, you’re into it,” he said. “You look forward to playing for this coach, that coach, whatever, this player, that player, whatever. It’s not just two players, five players, 20 players. I can account for, probably at least 35, 45 of the 53, which is what you need. I think that’s why the feeling is so different, because everybody’s just always around, besides guys who might have surgeries who aren’t around. But everybody’s all in.”

The closest Williams came to a discouraging word was when asked if he’s comfortable with his role.

“Not really,” he said, but quickly added, “I’m used to being completely healthy and not having hiccups and things like that, but it comes with territory. It comes with the NFL. A lot of people have been asking me, ‘What’s going on with your body?’ ankle, foot, whatever. I don’t really know, so I can’t give anybody an answer.”

Williams promised to keep pushing through the injuries and said he doesn’t want the Dolphins to put him on injured reserve.

Most of all, he said, team success is more important than individual success. Maybe it won’t play well in Buffalo, but here’s what Williams said:

“You can ask me that any season, it doesn’t matter if you were with me, it wouldn’t matter. I’m not a stat-guy person. You can say I had a great year this year, or I had a bad year or whatever. If I had a good year and we won one game, that’s what matters. I’ve always said that. Stats are definitely somewhat representative of a situation, but the atmosphere, what’s going on, that’s the most important thing.”

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Practice report: Dolphins missing Jenkins, Williams, Jones

Mario Williams is in question for the Rams game because of a sprained ankle. (Getty Images)
Mario Williams is in question for the Rams game because of a sprained ankle. (Getty Images)

CARLSBAD, Calif.—The Dolphins were down several key defenders for today, their first practice of the week as they prepare for Sunday’s game at Los Angeles.
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Dolphins DE Mario Williams day-to-day with sprained ankle

Mario Williams left Sunday's game and is questionable going forward. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Mario Williams left Sunday’s game and is questionable going forward. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

CARLSBAD, Calif.–The Dolphins lost defensive end Mario Williams to a sprained ankle in Sunday’s win over San Diego and remain unsure when he’ll return.
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Miami Dolphins 2016 mid-season awards

Get ready for the biggest awards presentation of the year.
Get ready for the biggest awards presentation of the year.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — It’s the halfway point of the season for the Dolphins, and their road to 4-4 has been unusual. They looked like a mess after a 1-4 start that included harrowing and unimpressive home win against the Browns, then stormed back by toppling Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Jets.

Along the way, there have been stars, surprises and setbacks. Here’s a look at the highs and lows with some mid-season awards:
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Rex Ryan denies having feud with Dolphins DE Mario Williams, but…

Rex Ryan is always bombastic. (Getty Images)
Rex Ryan is always bombastic. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–Few things in the NFL workweek are more entertaining than a Rex Ryan conference call.

With Buffalo coming to town Sunday to face the Dolphins, Ryan held a teleconference with the South Florida media and had plenty to say:
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Seven Miami Dolphins players to watch vs. New England Patriots

Can Arian Foster keep it going this week? (Getty Images)
Can Arian Foster keep it going this week? (Getty Images)

BOSTON—The Dolphins will arrive at Sunday’s game against New England as a touchdown underdog and badly need a win. A reasonable goal for Miami is to survive the month of September at 2-2 or better, which means they’ll have to steal a road win against either the Bengals (Sept. 29) or Patriots.

Here are seven players that could help pull off the upset:
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Mario Williams (concussion) appears to be back at practice for Miami Dolphins

Mario Williams looks like he'll play this weekend at New England. (Getty Images)
Mario Williams looks like he’ll play this weekend at New England. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–There’s nothing official yet from the Dolphins, but defensive end Mario Williams appears to be ready to return from his concussion. That puts him back in the lineup for Sunday’s game at New England.
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