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February 02, 2015

DeAngelo Williams: Seahawks played chess instead of checkers

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams joined the chorus of football fans, observers, players and essentially everyone in the country in expressing dismay at Seattle’s final play call in Sunday night’s Super Bowl.

In an interview with CNN on Monday afternoon, Williams repeatedly said he would have given the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch rather than attempt a pass at the 1-yard line that ultimately was intercepted to seal the game for the Patriots.

“They played chess when they should have played checkers,” Williams told Brooke Baldwin.

“There’s no doubt in my mind if they give the ball to Marshawn, it’s a different outcome in this Super Bowl.”

It should come as no surprise Williams is siding for his fellow running back. Williams said he had not yet spoken to Lynch, whom he referred to throughout the interview as “Beastmode.”

Williams pointed to the “devaluation” of the running back in today’s NFL. The league has been trending to more pass-heavy offenses, and last year a running back wasn’t drafted until the 54th overall selection—the latest in the draft’s history.

Williams’ contract and role with the Panthers have been minimized in the past two years. The Panthers restructured his contract in 2013 and he’s set to count $6.3 million against the cap in 2015, the final year of his deal with Carolina. He battled through injuries this season but could only muster 219 rushing yards in six games in 2014.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said last month he will have a talk with Williams before the start of free agency in March about Williams’ future in Carolina. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 2, 2015 at 04:19 PM | Permalink


the guy can still run the ball effectively though. he might have looked better and been hurt less had we not been playing such a rag tag group of linemen.

he won't get paid 6.3 million and he knows that. only 1.85 of that is guaranteed and I bet he would gladly play for 2.5-3 if they added a small guarantee for 2016 on there to give him a shot at finishing up here strong. it's not like the guy can't run and cut anymore. and it's not like 20 year old running backs don't get hurt. they are the man with the ball in the game of kill the man with the ball.

last thing I want to see is another guy getting paid to play elsewhere and outperforming the guys we replace him with. so who is going to outperform him for 1 million? we don't have draft picks to spend on it when we need o-line, receivers, linebackers, and defensive backs far more.

i'm dreaming. i know gettleman will cut him in the next few weeks and probably ask melvin white to change positions to running back. brilliant, dave. just brilliant. seriously....who is a better option for 1 million or less?

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2015 4:50:23 PM

Cam is still AWFUL!

Posted by: Cam is awful | Feb 2, 2015 5:03:59 PM

Another one of Hurney's great contracts.

Posted by: dave | Feb 2, 2015 9:25:59 PM

Cam is not awful. the o-line was

Posted by: joe | Feb 2, 2015 10:55:39 PM

hurney over signed us at RB. but that is how he did things.

the game has changed, RB's are not paid what they used to be. Great teams like Patriots throw a new guy in at RB every few yrs and don't overpay for them at all. Use them and dump them.

Posted by: tony clifton | Feb 3, 2015 11:40:55 AM

I personally think Mr.Gettleman made the right dcision but I wish he had tried to sign Reggie bush

Posted by: Rudell | Mar 15, 2015 4:17:19 AM

I hope Cam will call upon one of the ELITE QB during the offseason to work on his mechanics

Posted by: Rudell | Mar 15, 2015 4:20:04 AM

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