Running back DeAngelo Williams, who signed a five-year, $43 million contract extension in 2011, carried the ball two times for 4 yards and spent his postgame time on Twitter retweeting fan complaints over his lack of playing time
"Why do we have a play-maker like deangelo williams and not use him?" one fan tweeted.
Williams later tweeted he isn't complaining about a lack of playing time:
I'm not upset at anyone in our organization! I don't like losing that's what bothers me more than anything my rts wasn't directed at anyone!
He later added that he just wanted "to show fans that I actually look at your tweets good or bad or indifferent you have a voice that's all!"
Williams' passive-aggressive display might not have been a critique of coaching decisions, but there are serious questions coming out of Charlotte regarding Carolina's running back rotation. After Sunday's game, Panthers coach Ron Rivera deflected discussions about Williamsâ lack of playing time.
"A lot of it had to do with personnel. We trade off based on personnel," Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Through six games, Williams has 50 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers were a trendy pick to jump into the playoff hunt heading into the season, but after a 1-5 start, it looks like the frustration, especially on the offensive side of the ball, is beginning to boil over.