John McGrath of The News Tribune says in his column this morning that the Seahawks need to make getting the ball to No. 1 receiver Sidney Rice more of a priority in the offence moving forward.
Rice was targeted just one time in the first three quarters in Seattle’s 13-6 loss to San Francisco last week, and has 22 receptions for 312 yards and two touchdowns through seven games.
McGrath: “While I’m calloused to the enormous numbers of pro-sports contracts – hey, it’s not my money – I’ve got this stodgy, old-fashioned way of looking at a contract guaranteeing $18 million to an NFL wide receiver such as Sidney Rice.
“Find him. Lean on him. Make him a playbook priority instead of the eighth receiving target in a pivotal game against the defending NFC West champions.”
Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle says to not feel too bad about Seattle’s 4-3 record. Wyman: “How bad should a 4-3 record feel? When you’re third loss came on the road, in a short week and against a top-five team, not that bad. Going 0-3 in the division and not beating the Cardinals or Rams on the road should feel bad.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle No. 10 on his Fine Fifteen rankings.
Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. takes a closer look at what college players might be diamonds in the rough at the running back, similar to Washington rookie Alfred Morris this year. Dennis Johnson of Arkansas, Ohio State’s Jordan Halland Georgia Tech’sOrwin Smith are on the list. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland says don’t let New England’s overtime victory over the N.Y. Jets fool you – the Patriots are full of flaws.