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DeAngelo Williams offended Panthers considered Redskins' 'homecoming' game

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Williams took some of his frustrations out on the Skins' defense. (US Presswire)

Here's what Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after Baltimore's come-from-behind 25-15 win Sunday over the Browns.

"This is not college football," he told the media. "What did Buddy Ryan say? I think East Carolina is a heck of a program -- we played them when I was at Cincinnati all those years -- but Buddy said 'there's no East Carolinas,' OK? There's no homecoming opponent. This is the NFL. There's not gonna be a lot of pretty."

We mention this because after the Panthers handled the Redskins at FedEx Field for just their second win of the season, Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams admitted he was offended by the Skins' game-day program.

“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's Dan Steinberg. “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,” he continued. “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 [program]. And you're talking about somebody fired up today? I was pissed.”

Williams rushed six times for just 37 yards, but that included a first-quarter, 30-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a lead that they didn't relinquish.

The running back said he brought up the slight to his teammates during a pre-game meeting, and quarterback Cam Newton referenced it after the game.

“I think it was their homecoming, which was kind of embarrassing for us to be in,” Newton said. “And that was a challenge. I think some of the guys took that and put it as a chip on their shoulder to play harder.”

If coach Mike Shanahan is looking to assess blame, maybe he should start with the game-day programs.

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