NFL Free Agency 2012: 6 Ways Mario Williams Deviates from "the Patriot Way"

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NFL Free Agency 2012: 6 Ways Mario Williams Deviates from
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Pats fans salivate at the thought of this scene replayed with Williams in a new costume.

"You can never step twice in the same river; for new waters are always flowing onto you."- Heraclitus

Diehard Pats fans look as far as their most recent contest when considering their offseason wish list.

For weeks, consistent, modest gains through the air and timely, well-executed runs worked the clock and the yardsticks in the Patriots' favor. But for one night in Indianapolis, during Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots' weaknesses negated their strengths as the faithful from Maine to Massachusetts gradually learned the Pats' offense was their defense, and the odds had come to cash their check.

Giants: nine defensive possessions: two three and outs, one interception, one safety and one turnover on downs.
Patriots: nine defensive possessions: zero-fer.

The New England faithful watched as a ferocious Giants pass rush rendered Tom Brady helpless, and a hobbled Rob Gronkowski threw the well-oiled Pats passing attack from its rhythm. In the Giants' defense, Patriots fans witnessed precisely what they needed to finish the job next year—a pass rush.

Will Mario Williams provide the bone-crushing, drive-killing sacks for which Pats fans lust? Time will tell, but name recognition rarely equates to results in NFL free agency. 

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