Stats prove Russell Wilson is already an elite quarterback


What ESPN’s passer rating won’t tell you is that Wilson has neither the pass protection nor the same caliber of receiving weapons that those three enjoy. First let’s take a closer look at how these offensive lines compare via Football Outsider’s pass protection rankings:

1. Peyton Manning (Broncos): #2 overall in 2012, #1 overall in 2013

2. Aaron Rodgers (Packers): #31 overall in 2012, #26 overall in 2013

3. Drew Brees (Saints): #7 overall in 2012, #4 overall in 2013

4. Russell Wilson (Seahawks): #20 overall in 2012, #32 overall in 2013

So you can argue that Rodgers has had about equally crappy protection as Wilson over the last couple years, but both Brees and Manning benefit from having relatively much more time to go through their progression and dissect defenses on the fly.

Because Wilson faces more pressure he can’t just sit back in the pocket and wait for his receivers to get open. Instead he’s forced to make plays like this:



Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen Brees or Manning pull off a pass like that while on the run. Thought so. Rodgers may not be quite as tricky as Wilson out of the pocket but he’s certainly mobile enough to make up for his offensive line’s shortcomings. Yet Rodgers and the other two have a distinct advantage over Wilson when it comes to their targets…

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  • YankinTa

    That’s a nice article,, FINALLY,, 🙂 But you still missed the point when it comes to playing against Tough Defenses. RW has BY FAR faced the Toughest Defenses in his first 2 Seasons compared to any other QB in the League. Luck played against top 5 Easiest Schedule each of his first 2 seasons.

    When people start considering the combination of facts that he had Worst O-Line and had below average WR group and faced the NFL’s Toughest Schedule, then they’ll get to my level of thinking RW is No.1 Ranked QB in the League today, Aaron Rogers is close second or 1B. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Who said anything about Luck?

      • YankinTa

        I’m saying RW is on a Much Higher level than Luck. 99% of the people think Luck should be ranked higher than RW. I don’t. Having Top 10 O-Line with Top 10 WR group and facing NFL’s easiest schedule,, upcoming season included,,

        RW is Top 2 QB.

        • Anonymous

          Wilson is percieved (by national media) to be on a much better team overall than Luck, so his role is less crucial and therefore his vastly superior stats can be ignored.

          • YankinTa

            Yes, that’s what I’m talking about, Perceptions versus Reality. Most people don’t realize how much better RW is, until they start trusting their own eyes instead of listening to Media and getting brainwashed.

  • Max

    Wilson does it all. He reads defenses well, is an accurate passer, has a very strong arm, can throw on the run (as you just saw), throws well in tight coverage, can run with the ball, is a leader and is control in the huddle, can find other receivers, has a great touchdown to interception ratio. He is the complete package! the critics are idiots.

  • Max

    I forgot to mention, despite his so called height issue, when he has pocket protection, he throws very well from it. We say this in the Super bowl. He can also throw over the middle, no problem. He does it all, and he does it very well.

  • Anonymous

    Even as a rookie he posed a serious threat to win it all. His second season he finished what he started. Whichever of his peers decides to enter the race with him, will they be able to do it while the older regime is in place or do they need those guys to move aside first? Pretty beast, and that’s without a big target and no “revolutionizing” tight-end.

  • jeremy

    I like Russell Wilson and Have since his Badgers days but you are saying if you had a draft pick and were starting a team from scratch you would take Wilson over Luck? I didn’t think so. Wilson is playing well and is on a much better team than Luck is at the moment.

    • James

      Yes, Jeremy…I’D certainly say I pick Wilson over all other aforementioned QBs…the other elites are getting old. The only one I’d place up there with consideration over Wilson, or allow for competition for starting role is Rodgers. Not Breesey, not Manning (for SURE), not Luck, not even my beloved Brady. Wilson is young, exceptionally-talented and proven as stated throughout this article, as well as a SB victory in year 2. I’ve watched all his NFL games including preseason, at least once…and I love all he is as a QB. I’m excited as a 3-decade Seahawks fan to have him on our team more than any other player on the roster. I don’t HONESTLY think I would say the same about any other mentioned, or un-mentioned QB in the NFL right now, other than possibly Rodgers…who I think will also be surpassed by Wilson in the next few years, but that’s just a hunch. Time will tell.

    • YankinTa

      Jeremy, you should really watch all of the Hawks games so far. RW has carried the team to wins against Top Teams in the league, while Luck has been facing the eastiest opponents. YES, I will take RW over luck and it’s not even close.

  • Jake

    He’s a great game manager. He’s not going to be THE reason you won a game, nor is he going to be THE reason you lost.

    • James

      Jake, he has been (THE reason) on occasion already, but it IS RARE that one guy is ever singly responsible for either…how can you say that with such a young career, which Wilson is building as we speak?? You know little, which is next to nothing, about the future…managing or whatever is asked of him at the moment or type of game?…he’s SUPERB at…the guy simply does his job as well as, or better than, all the rest…it’s WHY we are even talking about him so-heavily after only 2 years in the NFL, not just because he happened to be on a team who won their first-ever Super Bowl with him at the helm of QB….arguably the most important position on the field in the game of football. *sigh*