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December 31, 2009

Panthers could become first team to have two 1,100-yard rushers in same season

The Carolina Panthers already are the sixth team in NFL history with two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season, and they have a chance to become the first with a pair of 1,100-yard rushers.

Pro Bowler DeAngelo Williams (1,117 yards) already is over 1,100 and Jonathan Stewart (1,008) needs 92 yards Sunday against New Orleans to join him there.

Williams has missed the past seven quarters with an ankle injury and his status to play against the Saints is uncertain. He didn't practice Wednesday.

If Williams plays, he'll neeed just 24 yards to overtake Atlanta's Warrick Dunn in 2006 (1,140) for the most rushing yards by a player on a team with two 1,000-yard rushers.

Here's the list of the six teams who've had two players go over 1K:

1972 -- Miami, Larry Csonka (1,117) and Mercury Morris (1,000)

1976 -- Pittsburgh, Franco Harris (1,128) and Rocky Bleier (1,036)

1985 -- Cleveland, Kevin Mack (1,104) and Earnest Byner (1,002)

2006 -- Atlanta, Warrick Dunn (1,140) and Michael Vick (1,039)

2008 -- N.Y. Giants, Brandon Jacobs (1,089) and Derrick Ward (1,025)

*- 2009 -- Carolina, DeAngelo Williams (1,117) and Jonathan Stewart (1,008)

* -- Through 15 games. One game remaining Sunday vs. New Orleans.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM | Permalink


....And NOT make the PLAYOFFS...Thanks to Fox!

Posted by: hellfish | Dec 31, 2009 11:49:50 AM

Once again retard brings Fox or Delhomme into an article that has nothing to do with that topic. Hellfish i think you need to take your anti depressants.

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 31, 2009 12:09:42 PM

Makes you wonder how many more yards they would have if not for all those early season turnovers resulting in Jake throwing the ball more? They would have easily eclipsed the 2500 yds from last season. Fox football works for the Panthers. It took 8 weeks to learn the Meeks defense. They just didnt have the right QB playing along with poor special teams.

Posted by: Mike | Dec 31, 2009 12:16:09 PM

... And we DO have two of the TOP backs in the league on OUR roster... Thanks to Fox!

Posted by: Simon Says | Dec 31, 2009 12:16:26 PM

I think it's important that they acieve this status, they deserve it, but it's more important that the Panthers finish at .500 and that the team re-signs Mushin Muhammed.
Mus has a few good years left, barring injury and I think the Smith/Muhammed receiving coupled with Williams/Stewart running and QB Matt Moore could make it happen next year. The O Line has shaped up nicely and Otah and Gross could find some competition for their starting spots, which ain't a bad thing.

Posted by: cel | Dec 31, 2009 1:41:11 PM

moose should be the 3rd WR next year, Panthers need a new 2nd WR

Posted by: mr obvious | Dec 31, 2009 1:57:35 PM

I really hope they get this, and I am very happy for DeAngelo getting the probowl status he DESERVED last year. All in all I think as Panther fans we have a lot to look forward to for next season, where as before Matt Moore went on his tear things were looking bleak (what with no 1st rounder and all). Now Fox can play his game with a capable (better) qb that it requires, we can continue to draft well, and hopefully be back to what we were (especially since the schedule is bound to be easier). However it is tough to think what could have been this year...oh well, happy new year!

Posted by: DNYCE | Dec 31, 2009 2:02:52 PM

Absolutely the greatest backs in football. This would put them "officially" in a world of their own. I sure wish they were in the playoffs but this team is starting to play very good ball. We have a lot to look forward to next season. When a tandem like this goes for over 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, it is time to heap praise. Many thanks to the "O" line for being such a big part of this.

Posted by: Steve Gilmore | Dec 31, 2009 2:04:55 PM

Go, #28! Hope you make it Sunday.

Posted by: Jenny | Dec 31, 2009 2:07:39 PM

It's important to remember that the 72 and 76 teams accomplished this task in 14 games instead of 16.

Posted by: Marques | Dec 31, 2009 2:13:45 PM

Also the Panthers team did it in 15 games instead of 16.

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 31, 2009 2:19:16 PM

Good look Mr Bernz

Posted by: Troy Blu | Dec 31, 2009 2:43:05 PM

RE: "We have a lot to look forward to next season". We had a lot to look forward to this season. I hope they come out of the offseason with some fire in their bellies.

Posted by: Hank Moody | Dec 31, 2009 2:43:30 PM

And who drafted Williams and Stewart? Not to mention drafting All-Pro's Peppers and Gross and future All-Pro Beason. Thomas Davis is Pro-Bowl calibur when healthy, as is Jeff Otah. Sure Fox & Hurney have made some mistakes, but let's not forget all the positives either.

Posted by: jrguyiii | Dec 31, 2009 3:36:17 PM

Why does EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE have to be climaxed with bloggers who continually bash Jake and Coach Fox, and play the woulda, shoulda, coulda game? Can't you just be happy that the Panthers have a chance with De'Lo and Stewie to make history? What's done is done, and your whining is getting old and will not change a thing! Grow up, look ahead, and stop your bellyaching! Those of us who have children or who have worked with children know that there is nothing in all the world that grates on the nerves anymore than a whining child. Get the message? Go 2010 Panthers!

Posted by: Panthergirl | Dec 31, 2009 3:38:38 PM

I think Charlotte Panther fans need to get with the program and stand by their teams. That's why we no longer have an NBA, men's or women's basketball league or a baseball team. We will lose the NFL team we fought so hard to get if the fans don't start standing up and rallying with the Panthers instead of standing up and booing them down! What's wrong wtih you guys! Look at the Saints Fan base. They have stuck with them through thick and thin and let's not forget they have had some thin moments and this year, are #1 in their division so it can happen but you people have got to put more faith into the team. Why do you think the Panthers do so poorly? They know that once they get the fans off their side, they have no chance so why should they play to the best of their ability? That is one thing I would change about the City of Charlotte; that is their faith to their teams. We only have an NFL team now and we still can't keep them going. Go out and cheer the Panthers on and see what kind of reaction you get from the team.

Posted by: Donma Doze | Dec 31, 2009 3:51:31 PM

Panthergirl - that is because a team with two 1100 yard rushers should not be 8-8 unless:

1. The Defense is terrible (not the case)
2. The QB was terrible (no comment)
3. Coach made the decision to stick with that QB, resulting in losses (I am not at practice, so did not see Matt Moore, but this late season surge does not look good for Mr. Fox)

These guys get paid a LOT of money - enough to secure a home and future for their children in a short time period. If they don't produce, it is our right as those who fund these folks to demand someone else come in.

That being said - nice work Williams and Stewart. I am pumped we have that kind of foundation.

Posted by: HJ | Dec 31, 2009 3:53:13 PM

Nice to see the Fox and Pick6 supporters come out in full gear. Like others have said, because of a bonehead, stubborn coach and a turnover, ineffective QB, they will miss the playoffs. Who cares about Williams and Stewart getting over 1100 yards, at this point in the season its pointless. This whole year has once again been a big waste of time, as expected from Fox's inconsistant seasons. I wish he would just leave and take his adopted son Pick6 with him. And I really dont know what you guys are talking about having to look forward to something next year. AS LONG AS FOX IS THE COACH, PICK6 WILL BE THE STARTER NEXT YEAR!!!!! Moore, get out of here while you can, as long as Fox is the coach he will NEVER give you a chance and you deserve to be a starter on an NFL team.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Dec 31, 2009 4:05:10 PM

I will make note of your post, seeing as how you know so well what the line-up at QB will be next year. The reason I will do that is so that your negative BS talking a** will have to eat the fattest crow I find. Thank you for posting Ms. Cleo.

Posted by: D.O.G. | Dec 31, 2009 4:14:11 PM

Pulling for him this weekend. If the Panthers run the ball up the middle or on a delay he should have a good day. I think the o-line will be inspired to block for him again this week.

Posted by: Animal187 | Dec 31, 2009 4:38:43 PM

Domba Doze,

Uh, not sure what you're talking about, but Charlotte DOES have an NBA team. If this drivel of yours is just your way of insulting the Bobcats, then you are one of the biggest fools and hypocrites ever on these blogs. One side of your mouth is criticizing others for bashing the Panthers while the other side is insulting the Bobcats (who by the way, are getting better). However, if you are just not aware of them, then a little knowledge won't hurt you. You criticize the fans and suggest the players are motivated by cheers...hate to break it to you but these PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES have a J-O-B. They get paid handsomely to perform regardless and that is what is expected from them. THAT is why they should try to play well, not because of fans.

That is one thing I would change about some folks in the city of Charlotte. So it seems that you (Domna) need to get with the program. Sheesh!

Posted by: RepubliCON | Dec 31, 2009 5:17:44 PM

"And who drafted Williams and Stewart? Not to mention drafting All-Pro's Peppers and Gross and future All-Pro Beason. Thomas Davis is Pro-Bowl calibur when healthy, as is Jeff Otah. Sure Fox & Hurney have made some mistakes, but let's not forget all the positives either."

Beason = all pro last year :) and yes it sucks to say it already, but gosh darnit cant wait for next year.

Posted by: MO | Dec 31, 2009 5:19:52 PM

Wonderful Saints fan base? BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! You are talking about the one that led the league in blackouts year after the year? Or, are you talking about the fan base that is so great that the State of Louisiana pays the owner $15 milion a year not to leave? BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA! BWA HA HA HA

Posted by: Ben | Dec 31, 2009 9:24:09 PM

Fox played the percentages and lost. Everyone of us is vulnerable to that. If he had switched QB's with the same or less results then the know it alls would be comeplaining about that too. Whatever. Not one of the second guessers have been an NFL coach but they all know everything about the game.

Posted by: JG | Dec 31, 2009 9:54:13 PM

I can understand why some people would be so angry with Fox, maybe he realy did'nt think Moore was any good, as seem's to be the case since he saw jake throw what was it 18 pics..?? And still started him until he broke his finger. But if you think people are angry now...wait till #17 starts the first game next year..most of the time I would defend Fox,but the truth is jake is just not the same as 03-08, and we clearly see what Moore brings to the table, so to start #17 makes very little sense. Not to mention tommy john...I like jake but" It is what it is."

Posted by: bobby | Dec 31, 2009 9:58:34 PM

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