Whenever I hear someone talk about a player being streaky, I automatically think of Thomas Vanek. I'm not sure if that is fair, because some people say ALL scorers are streaky while others don't believe in that.  One day, I'll be sure to do a post on here to compare Vanek to other scorers in the NHL.

For today, I'm going to check out if Mario Williams is a streaky sackmaster. Over the last few days, I've heard a few reporters from Houston go on WGR to explain Mario's impact on and off the field. For once, I'm going to avoid the off the field escapades. On the field, there seems to be a consensus from them that Mario is streaky player. He gets sacks in bunches.

So, does Mario get 3 sacks in one game and go sackless for the next three? As of now, Mario only has 3.5 sacks on the season. He's sacked the QB in only two games.

Of course, we measure everything in sacks if you are a defensive lineman, but if you are helping other guys get sacks then you are doing your job. In unison, we can agree no one is doing their job on the DL, but maybe that wasn't the case in Houston.

A few things I'd like to point out is that Houston's defense was pretty poor while Mario was there. Here are their rankings in total defense and sacks respectively:

  • 2006- 24th and 27th
  • 2007- 24th and 21st
  • 2008- 27th and 22nd
  • 2009- 13th and 25th
  • 2010- 30th and 23rd
  • 2011- 2nd and 6th

Now, we all know that Mario didn't play much last year (5 games, 5 sacks). You can see that even when Mario had stellar years (2007:14 sacks and 2008: 12 sacks) the overall defense didn't do much as a team. Now, I had mentioned this prior to the season in a few posts, but I included the asterisks that Williams never played with the same caliber of defensive lineman (Amboi Okoye and Anthony Weaver?) like he has now. Plus, his previous defensive coordinators (Excluding Wade) were fired and aren't coordinators anymore (Richard Smith and Frank Bush?) .

Obviously, I was wrong on both accounts entering this season. Dave Wannstedt is a fricken joke and should and probably will be fired at the end of the year. The cast is better, but no one is playing better because of Mario's addition.

Now to the streaky part of Super Mario vs. Wario (Yes, Mario Bros. is the shit):

2006- Mario Williams had 4.5 sacks in 16 games. All of his sacks took place between week 4 to week 8.

  • Week 4: 1.5 sacks.
  • Week 6: 1 sack.
  • Week 7: 1 sack.
  • Week 8: 1 sack.

So, Mario went sackless during the first three games and the last eight games. That's Will Ferrell going streaking.

2007- Mario Williams had 14 sacks in 16 games. Wario had only 4 sacks during the first 9 weeks. Which if you put together his zero sack effort during the last 8 games of his rookie year, it would give him four sacks over a 16-game span. I'm sure everyone in Houston wanted to kill him for this and have Vince Young arrive on a chariot of fire.

  • Week 1: 2 sacks
  • Week 5: 1 sack
  • Week 8: 1 sack

Now is when Super Mario powers up and finds his star. In the last 7 games, Mario sacked the QB ten times.

  • Week 11: 1 sack
  • Week 12: 1 sack
  • week 13: 2.5 sacks
  • week 14: 1 sack
  • week 15: 3.5 sacks
  • week 16: 1 sack.
  • week 17: Zero

All in all, Mario went sackless in seven games during the 2007 season, but he also registered a sack in six straight games. S-T-R-E-A-K-I-N-G

2008- Mario had 12 sacks in 16 games. Super Mario carried on his momentum from the end of the 2007 season and started the season off with 8 sacks in his first 8 games. That would give Mario 18 sacks over a 15 game period.

  • Week 1: 2 sacks
  • Week 4: 2 sacks
  • Week 5: 2 sacks
  • week 7: 1 sack
  • week 8: 1 sack

What seems to be the trend for the early part of his career is that Wario now goes into a sack funk. Williams had only four sacks in his last 8 games and three of them came in one contest. Overall, Mario went sackless in 9 games, but had two sacks or more in four games.

  • Week 12 : 3 sacks 
  • week 17: 1 sack

2009- Mario had 9 sacks in 16 games. It would only be fair that a reversal of fortune would happen to Mario and he'd start off the year slow. In his first 8 games, Wario had only 3 sacks. So over a 16-game stretch dating back to 2008, Mario had only 7 sacks.

  • Week 2: 1 sack
  • Week 4: 1 sack
  • Week 7: 1 sack

Now here comes the 2nd half surge as Super Mario had 6 sacks in his last 9 games.

  • Week 9: 1 sack
  • Week 11: 1 sack
  • Week 12: 1 sack
  • Week 13: 2 sacks
  • week 17: 1 sack

Mario once again had a sack streak of three straight games during this stretch. Overall, Mario went sackless in 8 games this season.

2010- Mario had 8.5 sacks in 13 games.  Time for Super Mario to channel back his start of the 2008 season. For 2009 Mario, he had 5 sacks in his first four games. So, over his last 14 games, Mario had gotten to the QB 11 times.

  • Week 1: 1 sack
  • Week 2: 3 sacks
  • Week 4: 1 sack

Now Super Mario forgets to power up on his super shrooms and becomes Wario (If I can get a Mario falling off the cliff sound, I'd love it). For his last 9 games (Missed 3 games because of injury), he had only 3.5 sacks.

  • Week 8: 0.5 sacks
  • Week 10: 2.5 sacks
  • Week 11: 1 sack

Notice how Mario got his 3.5 sacks over a 4 week stretch. In fact all of his sacks this season came in two 4-week stretches. Overall, Mario went sackless in 10 games.

2011: Mario had 5 sacks in 5 games. Yup, this is a first. Now we get Wario and Super Mario together in a short period of time. Williams only played five games, but he went sackless in two of them.

  • Week 1: 2 sacks
  • Week 4: 2 sacks
  • Week 5: 1 sack

So in 82 games in Houston, Mario had 53 sacks. He got to the QB in 37 of these games while going sackless in the other 45 games. He didn't register a sack in three straight games or more five times from 2007-2010. He also had a sack in three or more straight games four times. Overall, Mario didn't get to the QB in 54% of his games.

However, is this the norm for sack masters?

I've decided to look at the sack numbers of Jarred Allen and Terrell Suggs. I decided to do one guy who is probably the best player at getting after the QB (Allen) and someone who is probably at the same level as Mario (Suggs). I also decided to throw in a few other guys.

Jared Allen

2006: 7.5 sacks in 16 games: Went sackless in nine games. Had two sacks or more in only one game. Went sackless for two straight weeks on different occasions. First nine games: 6 sacks. Final nine games: 1.5 sacks.

2007: 15 sacks in 14 gamesWent sackless in five games. Had 2 sacks or more in six games. Went sackless for two straight weeks on two different occasions. First seven games: 9.5 sacks. Last seven games: 6 sacks.

2008: 14 sacks in 16 games- Went sackless in seven games. Had 2 sacks or more in five games. Went sackless for two straight weeks on three  occasions. First eight games: 7 sacks. Last eight games: 7 sacks.

2009: 14.5 sacks in 16 games- Went sackless in eight games. Had 2 sacks or more in three games (Including a 4.5 and 3 sack performance). Went sackless for two straight weeks on two separate occasions: First 8 games: 10.5 sacks. Final 8 games: 4.5 sacks.

2010: 11 sacks in 16 games- Went sackless in eight games. Had 2 sacks or more in two games. Went sackless for two straight weeks on two separate occasions. First 8 games: 3.5 sacks. Last 8 games: 7.5 sacks. Allen had a sack in six straight games while also going sackless in five straight.

If we go by his numbers from 2006-2010, Allen played in 78 games and recorded 62 sacks. Mr. Mullet didn't register a sack in 37 of those games, which accounts for being sackless in 47% of his games.

Terrell Suggs

Here's the thing about Suggs. He's had quite an up and down career. He had 12 and 13 sacks during his first and second year. He also had years when he had just 5 and 4 sacks.  Frankly, looking at his stats, his entire career is based on being streaky, right? I decided to just look at his best season, which was last year.

2011: 14 sacks in 16 games- Went sackless in eight games. He also had 3 sacks or more in three of his games. First 10 games: 6 sacks. Last 6 games: 8 sacks. Again, he had 3 sacks in three different games, which means he only had 5 in the other 13 games. 

DeMarcus Ware -who during his 20 sack campaign of 2008- went sackless in only two games. However, during his 2010 season, Ware had 15.5 sacks, but had only 1.5 sacks during a 7-game stretch. 

In 2008, Julius Peppers had 14.5 sacks. Only four of them came during the first eight games of the season. In 2011, Peppers had 11 sacks and 7 of them came in his final 8 games. In 2005, Peppers once again struggled at the start of the season; sacking the QB only once in his first 7 games, but rebounded to get 9.5 sacks in his final nine games.

Final word: So what we have here is that Mario is definitely a streaky player. He may be the streakiest of the bunch. However, a number of other defensive players are close to being the same in regards to being streaky.

Since we only care about Mario, in essence, this is your typical Mario Williams dry spell he went through in Houston. Frankly, he may be the Thomas Vanek of this football team, where he gets a bunch of sacks/goals in a 4-5 game stretch. I don't know if this makes me feel better or worse. On one hand, he's playing exactly like he did in Houston, but on the other hand, he may be just overrated and we like him cause he's the "chosen one" and our invisible brass ring to grab onto to turn things around.

So, really, between all the stuff about fridges, motivation, talking once a week and PR people, this may be what Mario was in Houston. He's an up and down player. So, if you go by the numbers, look for a better 2nd half from Super Mario. If we get Wario instead, then the princess is definitely in another castle and not in Buffalo.