Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never lacked in confidence. Miscast as a mediocre game manager and constantly undervalued because of his size, Wilson is intent on proving his critics wrong. He has become one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL thanks to an extraordinary work ethic and a deep reservoir of swagger to draw from.
People who claim that the Seahawks could have won the Super bowl last season with anybody playing quarterback clearly weren’t paying close attention to everything that Wilson did on the field.
Despite playing with one of the worst offensive lines in football and losing his two primary receivers to injury, Wilson led the Seahawks to a very respectable performance on offense last season. Football Outsiders ranked Seattle’s offense the 9th most efficient in the league (7th in rushing, 8th in passing.) Sporting Charts put the Seahawks at the top of their list in pass efficiency ratio. But many casual fans and analysts still call him overrated.
Over the weekend Wilson was interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal. When asked what he thought of the critique that it’s time for him to step up and carry an NFL offense he had this to say:
“I think we’ve done that before,” he said. “I think I did it the first two years.”
Interesting take by Mr. Wilson. It may be more accurate to say that Marshawn Lynch has carried the Seahawks offense, but it’s impossible to deny Wilson’s impact on a unit that is largely overshadowed by its defense. What do you think of Wilson’s claim?