So we’ve established that DeAngelo Williams’ touchdown run was legal, despite an inadvertent whistle.
What we didn’t know is why the Panthers running back was so angry after the game.
Williams said in the locker room he was upset because the Redskins seemed to be scheduling the previously 1-6 Panthers as a Homecoming opponent, even using the H-word on the cover of the Game Day program which celebrated the return of a bunch of old-timers.
“I have to say this, because it’s been bothering me all day, and it’s probably going to bother me for some time,” Williams said, via the Washington Post. “I got up this morning, I was feeling pretty good. Got my breakfast, got something to drink, got on the bus. Business as usual.
“I get over and I pick over the Game Day [program], and I’m looking at the [program], it’s customary. And I look on there and it says homecoming. And I’m thinking to myself, like, this is the National Football League. Are you serious? Homecoming? Homecoming.
“And it’s not like you tried to hide it. You blatantly put it on the front of the Game Day. And you’re talking about somebody fired up today? I was pissed.”
Asked if he was the only one so bothered, Williams said he was not.
“It was the whole team,” he said. “It was the whole team. That was definitely motivating. I mean, you don’t say you’re gonna have a homecoming in the National Football League. I mean, you do it in college. It’s [against] one of those teams that’s just terrible. You don’t book a good team for homecoming, . . . I don’t know if they had a dance or anything; I just know you don’t give a team extra motivation by putting that on your program, just blatantly coming out and saying you’re our homecoming game.”
On his way out of the stadium, Williams tweeted: “I’ve never been more insulted in the nfl until today!”
When you’re 1-6 and have already fired your GM, motivation should come easily for a team such as the Panthers.
But the Redskins apparently made it too easy for them.