As if Carolina Panthers fans like me need any more bad news to compound the misery of a disappointing 1-4 start, consider this:
The Panthers traded Goodson, a versatile backup running back, to the Oakland Raiders in July 2012. Goodson quickly rose up the Oakland depth chart to become the RB2 behind workhorse Darren McFadden.
And now as a backup in Oakland Goodson has outperformed both Williams and Stewart, a pair that was once considered the NFL's premier backfield. Here are the stats through five games:
Mike Goodson: 204 total yards - 89 rushing (11 attempts), 115 receiving (7 receptions).
DeAngelo Williams: 203 total yards - 173 rushing (48 attempts), 30 receiving (4 receptions).
Jonatahn Stewart: 147 total yards - 107 rushing (25 attempts), 40 receiving (4 receptions).
Goodson's Big Play Potential
Mike Goodson has turned just 18 touches into 204 yards with his ability to break long plays.
In Week 2 he took a screen pass 64 yards for a touchdown, nearly equaling the 70 combined receiving yards this year of Williams and Stewart on a single play.
In Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons Goodson broke off a 43-yard run and a 37-yard reception in the same game. Two touches, 80 yards.
On the other hand, DeAngelo Williams' longest play from scrimmage is a 27-yard run. Stewart 's longest play is a 17-yard reception.
Unfortunately for Panthers fans like me, Carolina's most explosive running back is now playing in Oakland.
Goodson Succeeding Despite Oakland's Poor Blocking
Remember, Goodson is succeeding in Oakland despite a dysfunctional offense.
Oakland's stud running back Darren McFadden is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry this year after averaging 5.2 YPC in 2010 and 5.4 YPC in 2011. Many are blaming the Raiders' new zone blocking scheme for McFadden's poor rushing performance.
Yet Mike Goodson is averaging 8.1 YPC on his 11 attempts this year.
Yes, much of this production came on a single 43-yard carry, but even if the 43 yard run is removed Goodson is still averaging a healthy 4.6 YPC this year (10 carries for 46 yards).
Meanwhile…Back in Carolina
Goodson's impressive production is a punch in the stomach for Panthers fans.
DeAngelo Williams is averaging 3.6 YPC. His average was pulled down after his miserable Week 1 performance: 6 carries, -1 yard. His Week 6 performance was just as horrific: 6 carries, 6 yards.
That's right, DeAngelo Williams' Weeks 1 and 6 combined stats were 12 carries for 5 yards.
Jonathan Stewart's 4.3YPC is passable but he has only converted two of seven chances from inside the opponent's one-yard line.
The inability of the Panthers to run the ball has been one of a number of frustrations with the team so far this year.
As a Panthers fan I wish nothing but the best for Mike Goodson.
But every time I watch him succeed, it just further reminds me of how far this year's Panthers team has fallen.
Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Panthers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:
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