Monday, January 17, 2011
Mike Williams accountable, optimistic
By Mike Sando
CHICAGO -- Wide receiver Mike Williams wasn't very good when the Seattle Seahawks needed his best Sunday.
That's how Williams saw things, anyway.
"Not my best outing, but only goin' up from here," Williams tweeted after dropping multiple passes during a 35-24 defeat to the Chicago Bears.
And from Williams earlier: "No moral victories, wanted to win it all. Didn't play our best ball early, and I've gotta lead our O, not drop balls. We'll be back tho!!"
Williams caught 10 passes for 123 yards against the Bears in Week 6. Chicago's defensive backs played more aggressively in the rematch. Williams and the Seahawks' receivers generally did not meet the challenge, a point coach Pete Carroll acknowledged following Sunday's loss in the NFC divisional round.
Williams caught four passes for 15 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. He did not put his size advantage to use consistently, sometimes appearing as though he expected officials to throw flags for defensive interference. He dropped two or three passes, depending upon the harshness of the grading.
Williams did make two impressive grabs: a one-hander for a 3-yard gain on second-and-6 and a second 3-yarder for a touchdown. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman tipped and appeared to break up the scoring pass, nearly picking off the ball while lying on his back. Williams reached down and snatched the ball before it could hit the ground.
The chart shows Williams' regular-season reception totals by area of the field, according to Elias Sports Bureau. He made 32 of his 65 regular-season receptions against Arizona and Chicago, including 22 against the Cardinals.