Based off of the fact he isn't even the best back today, or even top three. Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, and Steven Jackson are all better. Remove your Carolina shades and stop being a flat out homer. I guarantee you if a Chiefs fan came in here and told you Jamaal Charles will be an all-time great when he hangs it up based off the YPC he put up in 2009, you'd think it was ridiculous too, so don't hold a double standard. But since you think YPC is the be all, end all when it comes to rating backs, keep this in mind.
And this is based on what? His numbers are comparable. What more do you want to compare them with?
If he were to last 8-9 years he will be near the top of the all time ypc list. His total yards may be hindered because of the 2 back system that he seems to enjoy in Carolina.
Williams IMO has all the tools and drive to be one of the all time greats.
Fred Taylor's YPC for his career is 4.6. Walter Payton's is 4.4. Tomlinson's is 4.3. Marshall Faulk's is 4.0. Tony Dorsett's is 4.3. Eric Dickerson's is 4.4. So do you believe Fred Taylor is better than all of those backs? Better yet, I'll use another example. Pierre Thomas had a better YPC rate than both Stewart and Williams this past season. So do you agree he had the better season?
I don't give a poo about YPC. It's a terrible way to rate backs anyway, especially considering its dependent on a lot of things including how many carries that back gets and how many they get consistently. DeAngelo Williams isn't any near the all-time great backs and I doubt he ever will be. He's already what, 27? He's not going to string together 8-9 seasons (which would be from 27 to around age 35) good enough to change my mind.
I don't want to stereotype all Panther fans on this site (by the way, I am one) since I've seen some intelligent ones. But the fact that somebody is seriously trying to argue that Williams may be on Jim Brown or Walter Payton's level someday is laughable. I'll just put it this way. If a Saints, Falcons, or Buccaneers fan came in trying to say the same exact argument for their halfback, they'd get laughed at.
Edited by Mage, 18 April 2010 - 05:12 PM.