Finally some good news for Panthers fans! After a week of losing coaches and the Julius Peppers situation, Panthers fans finally have something to smile about. Although Deangelo Williams feel short in the MVP race, he has won the NFL’s Most Improved Player Award. Past winners include, Drew Brees, Frank Gore, Jeff Garcia, and Chad Pennington.
Deangelo was able to show his true talent this year after the Panthers released Foster. He attributes some of his success to his backfield partner Jonathan Stewart.
“(Stewart made) a huge, huge difference,” Williams said. “He keeps me on my toes. … With Jonathan out there, whenever I come to the sideline, we talk about certain plays. We talk about what he sees the linebackers doing, if I don’t see them. He tells me what the cornerbacks are doing, what the safeties are doing on the backside, where he would have taken (the ball). I do the same for him.
“Having two sets of eyes out there, it helps tremendously.”
Williams also gave credit to the coaches especially offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson.
“All the credit has to go to (Davidson), (assistant head coach/running backs) Jim Skipper, (FB) Brad Hoover, the offensive line and the wide receivers for springing me on those long runs,”
Deangelo showed this season that with hard work anything can happen. After the 2007 season, he changed the way he worked out in the offseason. This allowed him to still be productive late into games. Keep up the good work Deangelo!