Cadillac Williams came back from his second devastating knee injury in two years, to have a fairly productive season in 2009. He finished 2nd to Tom Brady in the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award. All the way back to training camp, he was showing that he was not scared to make sharp cuts on his surgically repaired knees. He displayed the same vision and finishing ability that made him a Rookie of the Year candidate in 2005 and what the Bucs thought was one of their stars for the future.
My one issue with Caddy this year, doesn’t even really involve Caddy. Our running game was non existent from almost every game all season. The coaching staff, although preaching running, play action football, failed to stick to the run in just about every game. As the starting running back, Caddy carried the ball 210 times for 13.5 carries p/game. 13 carries isn’t really enough to get most running backs in the league in enough rhythm to have productive days. He carried the ball 20+ times only twice all season, the last two games of the year, one of which was a win against one of the best teams in the league (hmmmmm!). If you take away the 44 runs in the last two games of the year he was only averaging 11.85 carries per game. While Caddie’s YPC were not overly impressive @ 3.8, the lack of commitment to the run and the subpar blocking from the offensive line were more to blame than Williams himself.
One thing Cadillac certainly improved upon this season was his catching out of the backfield. He caught 29 passes, one short of his career high for 219 yards (career high). He also fumbled a career low 1 time.
Cadillac finished the year with 821 yards rushing on 210 carries for 4 TD’s, and 29 Rec for 219 yards and 3 TD’s. 239 touches for 1040 total yards and 7 TD’s is pretty impressive for a guy who came back from two injuries that many people thought would preclude him from ever seeing the football field again.
Final Grade – B