Lost in all the Beastmode chatter – not to mention, the move was made on a Friday afternoon in the middle of summer – is the fact that Mike Williams was dropped by the Seattle Seahawks.
You may or may not be aware that I made this exact prediction a little over two months ago, but really, who COULDN’T see this coming? Although, I find it interesting that it has taken us until NOW to hear from the local media that Mike Williams showed up to mini-camps out of shape. I dunno, maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, but it seems to me that these media guys are ALWAYS letting observations like that go without a word … until he’s off the team, and then the claws come out, so to speak. It’s why it’s totally impossible to take any Spring Training or Training Camp reports seriously! How can you make any rational predictions based off of what you read in newspapers when they’re effectively lying to you? Mike Williams coming to camp out of shape is a HUGE story! You have to report that, even it if means Mike Williams doesn’t talk to you for a while!
It’s the same reason why you can’t take predictions from media types seriously, because they’re not basing their predictions on all the evidence available to them. Does a pissed off Mike Williams make your job more difficult as a beat writer? Maybe a little. But, maybe if the media ACTUALLY held some feet to the fire, these guys wouldn’t come to camp out of shape in the first place.
I dunno, a gripe of mine. Anyway, moving on.
Mike Williams is gone. Ho hum. Even if I didn’t think he was going to be cut going into this season, it would have been impossible to expect all that much from the guy. He was a nice story, but the NFL is a young man’s game. Unless you’re some kind of freakish titan like Jerry Rice, you’re not long for this game. Budgetary restraints dictate roster moves. So, guys who play wide receiver and running back tend to get the ax a little more quickly. I hate to beat this dead horse over and over again, but if you can find guys like Doug Baldwin in the ranks of the undrafted, then you are always going to be able to find guys who can replace players like Mike Williams.
Really, this is good for everyone. It’s good for Mike Williams because he gets a chance to sign with another team before camps begin. It’s good for the Seahawks because they won’t have a veteran distraction at a position that is going to prove to be the most competitive on the entire team. And, really, it’s going to be good for the overall competition ON this team. It’s one more roster spot that opens up to a guy who might not have otherwise expected to make the team. That small ounce of hope might be all the difference for one of this year’s undrafted rookies to shock the world and make the opening day roster.
The bottom line is: this team didn’t need Mike Williams. He was a nice story as a guy who ate himself out of the league and made a once-in-a-lifetime comeback, but at some point you have to realize the NFL is about winning. No one cares about your nice comeback story if the team finishes 7-9 every season.
This year is really make-or-break. I don’t think it’s fair to say the Seahawks have to make the playoffs or Pete Carroll is fired; but I do think it’s fair to say the Seahawks SHOULD make the playoffs, and at the very least contend to the very last week. You always want to see improvement with a new head coach (until he eventually takes you to the Super Bowl, then he can do no wrong). Well, finishing better than 7-9 would be a nice start. And I have 7 to 9 good reasons why that is …