DeAngelo Williams: “This Is A Big Game. We Control Our Own Destiny And They Control Their Own Destiny So It’s Going To Have A Playoff Atmosphere”

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On Thursday, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams joined Taylor Zarzour on The Drive from the Panthers locker room. DeAngelo and Taylor discussed a multitude of topics: his productive season, this Sunday’s game vs. New Orleans, and an embarrassing picture Steve Smith put up of him. DeAngelo had some interesting things to say about these topics, as well as a couple thoughts on Cam Newton and his improved play:

Williams joined the Panthers in 2006 and was asked how much fun this year has been compared to past seasons: “Well all I’ve ever wanted to do is win man. Whether it take me, you know in the 2008 season when I had the 1,500 yards and that’s what it took for us to win the game and make it to the playoffs. This year, I’ve taken a whole different demeanor and a whole new role for myself and do whatever it takes to win games man. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want the carries, but I want the carries enough to help us win the game.”

The 2009 Pro Bowl RB is a seasoned vet and spoke about this weekend’s game vs. New Orleans and why he likes the Panthers’ chances: “Well it’s hard to beat a team once, it’s extremely hard to beat them twice because the formula you used the first time might not work the second time. We went in and you know we didn’t play our best game when we played the Saints down in New Orleans…and we didn’t show up that night. …This is a big game. We control our own destiny and they control their own destiny so it’s going to have a playoff atmosphere to it and it’s technically a playoff game because of the playoff scenarios in the picture.”

Williams has been an integral part of Cam Newton’s 3 seasons here and was asked if he’s noticed the improvement in Cam’s leadership: “Oh yeah, a lot of it man. I mean it’s not that he’s improved or matured, he’s doing the things he did last year and the year before, it’s just coming up in the light now because we’re 10-4 opposed to being 4-10, because you know when you win it makes everything better and everybody gets that recognition that they deserve.”

The Panthers haven’t played a meaningful game in December in about 5 seasons and Williams was asked if  his nerves have elevated because of what is on the line this weekend: “It’s business as usual. Business as usual. It’s a big game because it’s the next game that we’ve played.”

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