Thought I’d rip this one off right quick, as I’ve got a lot of other things to do today.
In an otherwise down-ish season – winning the division at 7-9 notwithstanding – there were plenty of bright spots for the Seattle Seahawks that I’ll be lauding in the coming weeks as we look back at a season in transition. One of those bright spots just re-signed with the ballclub for 3 years.
Mike Williams had an average Seahawks wide receiver type of season: 65 catches, 751 yards and 2 touchdowns. You might as well just change his name to Prototypical Matt Hasselbeck Target. However, if you look a little deeper, you’ll see Mike missed 2 full games with injury, and was very hampered in about 3 others. He very well could have been within reaching distance of 100 grabs!
Even if he’s not a bona-fide Number 1 receiver, Mike Williams is a great compliment to guys like Obomanu, Butler, Stokley, and hopefully whatever Golden Tate turns into. I’m of the opinion that you don’t really NEED a Larry Fitzgerald, an Andre Johnson, or a Brandon Marshall to have a successful passing game. They sure as shit can help, but really only if you’ve drafted the guy; I’ve yet to see a super-bigtime receiver who’s signed elsewhere as a free agent (or especially who was traded) and been the missing piece to the puzzle (talk to me all you want about Randy Moss’s initial stint with the Patriots, but he didn’t bring them a championship, did he?).
And anyway, it’s kinda like we drafted Williams. Or re-drafted him. He’s been nothing but professional since he got here. Hard working, playing through pain, productive when healthy, and always with a smile on his face. Did T.J. Houshmandzadeh EVER smile when he was here?
Next order of business: re-sign Chris Clemons. He’s entering his prime and certainly has a handful of good years left.