Over Smitty, Moose and Proehl in 03? Can't buy into that.
Heck in 99 we had Moose and Patrick Jeffers tearing it up.
Counting Olsen as a receiver. In 2003 we had Jermaine Wiggins & Kris Mangum. Not even close on TE in terms of receiving.
Obviously, the 2003 receivers were better, but I still think with Olsen this group overall deserves the nod.
2003 O-Line was significantly better which helped the running and passing game. You have to remember all 5 guys played together all year. We were very fortunate with injuries in that aspect (those trips down to the good doctor in Columbia may have helped too...).
The passing game didn't explode until the playoffs. The receiving group was good but not nationally known until after the season. People might forget, but going into the playoffs that year, most analysts would have ranked Dallas, Green Bay, Seattle, and definitely the Rams receiving corps as better than us in the NFC. Much like this year, the Panthers defense (and running game) was their calling card nationally going into the playoffs. The receiving group was still very much under the radar.
Ultimately, the 2003 group will be seen as better (and rightfully so) than this group unless the 2013 team can go on a similar run.
The 2013 team definitely has as much overall talent (if not more) than the 2003 team. It's easy in the nostalgia to forget the 2003 team was described as an 8-8 type team who caught some incredibly lucky breaks to go to 11-5 to even make the playoffs.
As magical as the regular season was that year, the playoff run was what made it so memorable because the team caught fire at the right time, and they certainly were deserving of being in the Super Bowl.
Regardless of the comparisons or opinions, I do think this year's receiving corp is certainly capable of being a part of a Super Bowl run. Still a lot to happen before then though