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October 5, 2010 @ 2:33 pm
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Cadillac Reacts To Reduced Carries, Future With Bucs

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RB Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams talked about his reduced role and his future with the Buccaneers after practice on Tuesday.
Buccaneers starting running back Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams reacted on Tuesday to his reduced role. Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the Bucs would look to rotate in backup running backs LeGarrette Blount and Kareem Huggins, and reduce Williams workload starting with the Week 5 game at Cincinnati.

“I think in ways it is good to get the young guys up to par,” said Williams. “For down the stretch to get them in the game more. You know me, I’m here but basically just whatever.”

In 2010 Williams has come under criticism while averaging 2.5 yards per carry.  He has run for 139 yards on 55 carries with no touchdowns. Williams said that he feels he can play better, but physically he feels as good as he did in 2005 when he won the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award.

“I think me personally I can do better,” said Williams. “I also think overall as a team we also can do better. From the guys blocking to me running and making better reads. Until we start playing like one unit we are going to continue to struggle in that area.”

The sixth-year back said the running back platoon can be good for him to keep him fresher, yet it will limit his chances.

“It can and it can’t. With fewer carries the opportunities aren’t there,” said Williams. “It is a long season and you just never know how the season goes so you just never know.”

In the Bucs last game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Williams had six carries for 13 yards. The rookie Blount was given six carries and he ran for 27 yards and a touchdown. While Morris spoke about getting the other backs more involved throughout the Buccaneers’ bye week, the coaching staff did not tell Williams that his role would be reduced.

“I mean you can tell where the team is heading,” said Williams. “It is not like they came to me. You can just tell how things are heading.”

This year Williams’ longest run was a 20-yard carry in Week 1 against Cleveland. Since then his longest rush has been eight yards. Williams, 28, has not had a run longer than 38 yards since rookie season in 2005, and that was the only year in his career where he was able to average four yards per carry and eclipse the 1,000 yard mark.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pound Williams was second in the NFL’s voting for Comeback Player of the Year in 2009. He ran for 823 yards and four touchdowns while catching 28 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns last season. Williams’ renaissance came after he suffered massive knee injuries in 2007 and 2008. He is in the final year of his contract with Tampa Bay, and he was asked if he feels that he is being phased out.

“I mean you know this business, of course that is a possibility that they are looking beyond this year, which is cool,” said Williams. “I’m just going to continue to prepare myself and go out there on Sunday and continue to put stuff on film.”

When asked if it was discouraging to have to split carries Williams shrugged it off.

“No man it is part of it,” said Williams. “It is part of the business and you may not agree with it, and you may not like it, but I’ve been here six years in this thing so these days nothing surprises me.”

Morris downplayed the fact that Williams was getting a less carries while being in a contract year.

“He’s one of our vets, one of our leaders and one of the people that is going to carry us to the next level,” Morris said. “We’re trying to get there this year. We’re trying to get there right now and he understands that. If you sit around and worry about what is going on next year – me, Caddy, we’re all in the same contract year. You guys (the media), too. I’m evaluating you guys. I’m trying to get rid of all you.”
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    all true. but to be successful in the NFL, you need either speed or power, or even better, both. Unfortunately, Caddy has neither.
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    Think I will wait to see. What exBuc ran for 85 yards last week that could not do it here??
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    Excellent point dixieboy you've summed up my suspicions in just two sentences.
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    I'm goint to take a wait and see approach with Caddy because I can see the argument from both sides on this one. Caddy hasn't looked good the first 3 games and Blount did and Huggins looked good in the preseason. On the other hand, a lot of good backs have looked like crap the first 3 games of this season (MJD, R. Rice, D. Williams, J. Stewart) and they all woke up a bit in week 4 while Caddy was on his bye week.----------I agree with Caddy getting less carries only because I think Blount and Huggins bring things to the table Caddy doesn't in certain situations and formations and I want to see them have a chance to make that play. I repeat that we have the wishy-washiest fans in the NFL so the first time Blount or Huggins fumble at the goal line while Caddy puts up a 100 yards that same game we'll be ready to give the carries back to Caddy.
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    jiggyjoe, Carnell has had 1 career break out run, and it was in his first game.
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    Lets wait and see. All he needs is one great run and he is on top of the moon. I feel it comming. The break out run is very near... Go Bucs and Go Cadillac!
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    If you're gonna use twitter put a SPACE between your description and the URL!!!! Moon melts! SPACE URL link!
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    Everyone knows the normal lifespan of a RB in the NFL is about 5 years, they jsut get beat up and used up. Unfortunately for Caddy, he really got blasted on the injury front which robbed him of the opportunity to hit his peak as a running back. I wish him the best. You are right he at least got to play and try to reach for the stars (and make a lot of money). I'm sure it's very disappointing to him that it didn't work out differently, but an interesting ride and a good gig overall.
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    He's a millionaire, got to play out his dream (except maybe a superbowl), and if the young guns succeed, it's time to move on.
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    unfortunate situation... the man clearly has what it takes to be an NFL player, skill-wise, his body is just letting him down. as much as we all want him around to be there to return to 1,000+ yard form, it just doesn't look like that's going to happen... especially with the emergence of Blount and Huggins... and so for 6 years now we've been able to give him a chance, root for him, and hope that our nice guy finishes first. unfortunately, this is life, and more severely for Cadillac, this is NFL life and now he's going to have to face the business side of such. - still rootin' for you every week, Caddy. I know I'm not the only Bucs fan that rides the emotional rollercoaster right there with you. Thanks for the years of hard work and the classiness under which it was conducted. and as always, GO BUCS!
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    I have been one of Caddy's biggest fans since day one, and I hate to see him on the field less because he's one of those energy players. When he gets through the line and runs someone over to get that extra few yards, you can see the entire team get excited. However, he's just not getting there as often anymore. He's handling this with class, yes, and I have a feeling next year we'll move forward with Blount, Huggins, and probably Graham as the vet. Caddy can't really say much though, as the coaches, front office, and ownership have all stood by him and paid him big money for years while he was hurt. They could have easily released him and saved themselves some money during that time. Let's just hope it all works out for everyone involved.
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    All class. I hope he's able to stay around after this year, but I just don't know if he's got what it takes to be an every down back anymore.
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