Well, that thought process actually began yesterday while compiling information about the Falcons, because Bratkowski is the QB coach in Atlanta – and the Falcons play the Seahawks on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Bratkowski was the offensive coordinator on Dennis Erickson’s Seahawks staff from 1995-97 and had been the wide receivers coach from 1993-94 on Tom Flores’ staff.
What does that have to do with dropped passes? On Mondays, John Clayton, then the beat guy for the News Tribune, and I would double-check our drop totals from the previous day with Bratkowski.
One week, he had one more than we did. So I said, “You can’t mean that pass where (fill in the blank) contorted his body and almost made a great catch.”
Bratkowski’s deadpan response: “You get your hands on a ball in this league, you make the catch.”
My immediate though: “Wow, this guy grades tougher than we do.”
Since that day, that has been my gauge for judging whether a pass was actually dropped.
According to Sando’s calculations – and criteria – the Seahawks have only one drop. That’s the lowest total in the NFC West and ties them with the Patriots for the fewest in the league.