Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:28 AM
Anyone who watched the Panthers over the past few years should notice Stewart is just more efficient overall than Williams. It's fun to throw out stats and all, but if you watch the games, you'll notice that Stewart can GENERALLY make plays in spite of poor o-line play (I know he was pretty ineffective this season for the most part), while Williams generally needs good blocking to make something happen. Do you guys not remember the article posted (I think it was from PFF) that showed Stewart as the most elusive back in the entire league last season? No other back broke more tackles than him. Meanwhile, it seems Williams oftentimes goes down on first contact, which many of you have pointed out but seem to have forgotten after the last few games of the season. Williams benefited from better o-line play near the end of the season, which opened up more holes for him to use his burst. Williams may be more explosive, but I'll take the more elusive hard-nosed running back every time...just look at what has happened to Chris Johnson in Tennessee. He'll break out the big run every so often, which detracts from the 15 no-gains he gets prior to that. When facing a 3rd and short, do you want the back who can consistently get you 5-6 yards a carry? Or do you want to cross your fingers that your back will either break off a long run, or more realistically, get stuffed short of the first down? For much of the season, Williams (like Chris Johnson) just hasn't looked decisive in hitting those holes which results in all those stuffs.
Stewart hasn't looked too good to me this season (after being declared the starter), but I'm inclined to think that was a result of playing hurt. I know what Stewart is capable of...whereas I know what Williams WAS capable of, but I'm just not so sure anymore.
And for all those people talking about Stewart being injury-prone, get real...before this season he had missed a whopping TWO games in his first 4 years. He may have nagging injuries throughout the season, but that obviously hasn't been keeping him from playing at an exceptional level.