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Carolina Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams Credits Hot Start to Rob Chudzinski’s Exit

September 25th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
By Jesse Collin

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, who is third in the NFL with 294 rushing yards through three games, is off to a great start in 2013.

Williams credits the uptick in production to the departure of former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns during the offseason.

'Brandon Weeden and Rob Chudzinski' photo (c) 2013, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

"I'm not going to start anything or push anything out there," Williams told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I can say this, though — a different offensive coordinator. I can definitely say that. The last offensive coordinator got rid of his starting running back."

These comments come just days after Chudzinski facilitated the trade that sent running back Trent Richardson to the Colts.

Williams, however, claims he wasn't taking a jab at "Chud" for dealing the third-overall pick in the 2012 draft.

"Did I take a shot? Or did I speak facts?" he added. "A shot is just like it can be factual but it's really not. That was all facts. I wasn't taking a shot at him — he knows what he's doing."

Williams isn't the only Panther to take a dig at their former OC.

Earlier this month, veteran wideout Steve Smith suggested that Chudzinski's playcalling was heavily influenced by his head-coaching aspirations.

"The prior offensive coordinator (Chudzinski) really was positioning himself to just apply for that head coaching job," Smith said on a conference call, per ESPN.com. "I think our offense suffered a little bit because of that.''

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