The Carolina Panthers put in a series of great performances last year on their way to reaching the playoffs.
Despite losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the first round, the side showed a lot of promise and have the potential to build on from there and become a serious challenge in the NFC this time around.
But all that hope looks to have taken a massive shot to the arm due to the actions of the guys in power.
The front office decided to release Steve Smith as well as every other receiver that saw significant playing time in 2013 for a Panthers team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Smith - the Panthers number one target for a long time - was ignominiously cut by Carolina despite being their top playmaker and yard-getter last year.
He was quickly snapped up by the Baltimore Ravens when he reached free agency. And DeAngelo Williams is confused and disappointed that all of his offensive teammates left.
“We lost them all,” Williams told NFL AM on Thursday. “That was tough, man. I played with Steve for eight years, and I know the chip he has on his shoulder, and he’s a playmaker. I couldn’t believe that we made those moves. Like, I’m still in shock. Not only did we lose him, but Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell, and [Domenik] Hixon.”
Williams went on to call on the front office to make significant moves to address the lack of talent and put any future blame firmly on their shoulders.
“...It puts more pressure on our front office because you make these moves, getting rid of four receivers, you’ve got to bring in guys.”
We'll see what the Panthers do in the draft in May.
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