Tony Ventrella at Seahawks.com has a fun video report on the debate between Sidney Rice and Golden Tate for bragging rights as the best passing receiver on the team. Tate tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Rice last Sunday. But Rice has a 25-yard completion to Zach Miller this year, after unloading a 55-yarder to Mike Williams last season at St. Louis.
After the win over the Jets, Tate and Rice exchanged jabs about the other’s ability as a passer. Rice pointed out that Tate’s pass featured somewhat less than graceful mechanics (“the form was terrible all the way”). Rice’s passes over the past two years show a better trajectory and ball flight. Tate’s pass did have a catapult look to it, but, as Tate countered, it was raining and his gloves were wet (“I’m going to ice my shoulder now,” he said after the game). Nevertheless, Tate’s pass was hardly less artistic than any of the 12 completions shared by Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
Interestingly, on Tate’s pass, tight end Anthony McCoy managed to block his man for the full time Tate was going through his elaborate wind-up. That block allowed Tate to get his grip and Rice to beat his man to the back of the end zone.
Since these plays have worked so well, we might look at other options. Fullback Mike Robinson would be logical, as he was voted the most valuable offensive player in the Big Ten as a senior quarterback at Penn State. Robinson is 1-2 for 28 yards in his NFL career, and has put on about 20 pounds of muscle since throwing passes at Penn State.
One option that is not as appealing, is Marshawn Lynch, who threw a stinker last year against the Rams at home. The play was a sweep in which he had the option to pass if the defense crashed hard. The play looked great in practice all week as Marshawn threw accurate spirals, but in the game, the floater came nowhere near the receiver.
Around the league, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is feeling well after his minor heart procedure.
Richard Sherman isn’t letting the bye week slow him down, as he takes objection to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams trying to steal some of his material.