Is Randy Ratio Realistic?

Is all this business of the Randy Ratio legitimate?

There were a couple of VU reporters standing together when Mike Tice first brought up the concept of the Randy Ratio -- his desire to have Randy Moss be the target of 40 percent of the team's passes.

At the time, the concept was scoffed at by VU, since no wide receiver has ever been the target of such a high percentage of a team's passes. But, as Tice pointed out, there has never been wide receiver of Moss' talent to hit the NFL.

Following Saturday's loss, Tice told VU that the first Randy Ratio report was a good one -- he was the target of just just 27 percent of the passes thrown when he was playing. However, two of those passes were uncatchable and looked more like throwaways. In reality, he had a chance to catch only three passes and caught two.

Opponents also had some skepticism about Tice's prediction. After the game, former Viking Corey Fuller theorized, "I don't know if they're trying to sell tickets or stuff like that. They know how hard it is to get the ball to one guy that much."

However, what the Vikings did find out is that receivers like Byron Chamberlain and D'Wayne Bates were consistently locked in single coverage and exploited it. That could be the key to the new-look Vikings.

One point that Tice can use in his defense, however, is the Carter Route factor. In addition to the routes Moss had in the playbook last year, he has been given as many as a dozen more previous routes run by Cris Carter, including fade routes in the end zone and short-yardage, move-the-chain plays.

Only time will tell if the Randy Ratio will come to fruition, but, with as many people as were laughing when Tice first said he would get thrown to 40 percent of the time, nobody is laughing now.

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