Mark Anderson talks about joining the Bills, his time with the Patriots and his future
|03.21.12 at 6:14 pm ET|
Former Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson met the media in Buffalo shortly after agreeing to a new deal with the Bills. Courtesy of Buffalobills.com, here are a few highlights of his Q&A:
On what he liked about Buffalo and why he chose the Bills: That’s a good question because when you think of Buffalo you think of a nice, small blue collar town. The fans are great. When I was waiting at the airport I had fans coming up to me, a lot of fans with Buffalo Bills hats. A lot of them came up to me and asked about my free agent visit. I thought that was amazing that they keep up with everything that goes on around the league with this organization. I just love the whole college atmosphere and I feel that it’s what you need. You need that type of support in order to be successful in this league.
On how much Mario Williams had to do with him signing with the Bills: He played a big part but I knew Mario in Houston. I knew the type of guy he was. He played a big part. The whole defensive line played a big part, the coaching staff and the team. I’ve seen how hard the team worked last year. They were close. They had a few injuries along the way. Everyone seems like they’re back and ready to go. I’m just happy to be part of this organization.
On what went right last year in New England during his breakout year: It was confidence. Bill (Belichick) and that whole organization had confidence in me to come in and do what I do which is to rush the passer and be a playmaker for the team. I worked real hard with everything I had to do. Everything just gelled at the right time. Like I said, I thank God for everything. I’m in a blessed situation right now. I’m going to try and help the Bills and the Bills nation right now and try and take it to a whole other level.
On why his other seasons in the league weren’t as productive as his rookie and 2011 season: It was just maturing. I had to grow up as a player. My role changed as the year progressed. I had to learn the game more. Coming in as a rookie I was out there going off of pure talent and athleticism. As the years went along I matured along the way. I had great coaches break down different responsibilities to me and different situations that I would be put in as a defensive end. Like I said, as the years went along I matured and I was able to adapt and understand what works and what doesn’t work in this league and what’s best for me as a pass rusher.
On his development as a pass rusher: When I say I was a straight pass rusher or whatever. It comes from maturity and just being in the league you understand what moves are working and what moves work for you, what offensive tackles have problems with, a lot of hard work in the offseason, a lot of film study, a lot of getting with coaches doing the extra work, seeing what works best for me and just applying it to my game. I was able to come up with counter moves and different moves like that that work for me. That’s how I was able to get back to that 12 sack season as a rookie.