Monday, June 6, 2011
Mike Williams' success against Cardinals
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks' Mike Williams caught 22 of his 65 receptions last season against a certain NFC West rival.
That team, the Arizona Cardinals, subsequently used the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL draft for a cornerback, Patrick Peterson.
The Cardinals presumably would have drafted Peterson regardless, but if any receiver they faced in 2010 justified the decision, it had to be Williams. He owned Arizona.
"If that was the case, I’m not happy about it," Williams said during a recent interview. "They've got two first-round picks on the edge."
Peterson joins 2008 first-rounder Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the corners for Arizona. You can bet the Cardinals will make slowing Williams a point of emphasis in 2011.
"It was really more scheme than personnel," Williams said of last season. "When they are healthy, that is a hard defense to block up. They play well. The second game, they didn’t even have (Darnell) Dockett. He was on the sideline."
Williams again pointed to scheme, however. He said the Seahawks' offensive coordinator at the time, Jeremy Bates, figured out the Cardinals and attacked them effectively. Of those 22 receptions, Williams saw only a handful for which he could take credit personally.
"I had one fade route on Rodgers-Cromartie and one on (Greg) Toler, a slant on Toler, an out route on Cromartie," Williams said. "That is four catches in two games where I lined up on a guy one-on-one and I made a catch. All the other stuff was zone read and getting caught in the shuffle. They got better."
The modesty Williams showed during this conversation has been a recurring theme for him. He continually downplays his accomplishments. We discussed much more and I'll share more thoughts from him over the next couple days.