If you’re a Seahawks fan you’re probably green in the face over listening to so many analysts write Russell Wilson off as a game manager. Other adjectives you’ll read in the same sentence as Wilson’s name are: Mediocre. Average. Overrated.
But if you go by the stats if Wilson is overrated then so is every elite quarterback. You can find solid mathematical evidence of this in any number of places. I’ll leave the heavy number lifting to more gifted left brain minds than my own and focus on just one stat in particular: passer rating.
Here are ESPN’s lists of the top rated passers over the last two NFL seasons, first in 2012:
And then for 2013:
If charts aren’t your thing, allow me to simplify. Here’s a brief list of the quarterbacks who made the list both years with an average passer rating over 100:
1. Peyton Manning (110.45 average)
2. Aaron Rodgers (106.45 average)
3. Drew Brees (100.5 average)
4. Russell Wilson (100.6 average)
That’s it. No Tom Brady. No Andrew Luck. No Eli-but-he-won-two-Superbowls Manning. Just Peyton, Rodgers, Brees and Wilson. The first three guys on that list are the consensus best quarterbacks in the world today. The raw numbers would indicate that at least the first two are superior to Wilson as passers, but after the jump I’ll explain how in some ways Wilson is outplaying all three…