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Sunday, September 8, 2013
DeAngelo Williams too hard on himself

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You don't have to blame running back DeAngelo Williams for the Carolina Panthers' 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.

Williams is doing enough of that for everyone.

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"I'm not taking part of the blame," he said as he sat in front of his locker. "I'm taking all of it. Not a little. It's all my fault."

Williams was referring to his fumble at the Seattle 8-yard line with 5:25 remaining. It took all of the air out of the fans that were sensing an upset in the making against the team ranked No. 1 by ESPN.

"It ultimately came down to that fumble,'' Williams said. "Let's get it out of the way. It is my fault.''

That Williams talked to several waves of reporters after the loss spoke volumes to the kind of person he is. But in fairness, as much as the fumble stood out, you can't put the entire loss on one player.

And in fairness, for most of four quarters Williams pounded his body into a stout Seattle defense behind a makeshift offensive line that didn't have starting left tackle Amini Silatolu (hamstring) before the game and lost starting right guard Garry Williams (knee) in the first quarter.

He gave the Panthers a chance.

And he will continue to  give the Panthers a chance in the coming weeks.

Lost in the fumble is Williams had 76 yards on 16 carries against a defense few thought Carolina could run on. He outperformed Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who was limited to 43 yards on 17 carries.

What this game showed was the commitment to the run by new coordinator Mike Shula. It also showed the Panthers are sorely lacking at depth at wide receiver, where Steve Smith had all the catches outside of a 10-yard reception by Ted Ginn Jr.

It showed the Panthers may have to open up the offense if one fumble is going to keep them from scoring more than a touchdown a game.

As quarterback Cam Newton said, "For us, we have to be more aggressive; take the bull by the horns and go.''

Williams had done that before the fumble, breaking through the right side of the defense for 16 yards. Then he got hit hard and the ball came loose.

"I'll tell you what, though,'' Williams said, holding his head high. "The next time I get that chance, I'll deliver.''