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With such a loaded backfield, Carolina should expect more from Williams.
When Carolina gave DeAngelo WIlliams a $43 million extension, the team did not envision he would be as ineffective as he has been just two years later.
2012 has seen Williams rush for just 173 yards and 3.6 yards per carry. He has had one game over 50 yards, and that was for 69 yards against New Orleans.
Williams unleashed on fantasy owners last week on Twitter, and even after he signed the extension he said expectations changed.
Terry McCormick of 247Sports.com wrote that Williams came out saying, "Oh, yeah. With more money comes more responsibility. They expect you to come out and do things that you've never done before in your life."
While some may have had unrealistic expectations of Williams after the extension, no one expected he would be so ineffective. To go with his lack of production—which is somewhat caused by Carolina's change in offensive philosophy—Williams also had a costly fumble.
At Seattle, the Panthers received the ball up 10-6 late in the football game. An interception returned for a touchdown provided the only touchdown of the game.
On a stretch play to the outside, WIlliams was hit and then stripped of the ball deep in Carolina territory. The Seahawks went on to score a touchdown, and the Panthers never recovered.
Carolina's backfield is too deep to allow such a lack of production. Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are more than capable of handling the ground game.
If Williams doesn't help Carolina's No.19 rushing game turn things around in a hurry, he should be given a view from the bench.