Now this next part might upset some of you because it can be construed as insulting to our wide receiver corps, but at the same time it demonstrates just how great Mr. Wilson is. (I love you, Doug. Please don’t hurt me.) Danny Kelly of Field Gulls recently ranked the top wide receiver groups in the NFL on SB Nation as follows:
1. Denver Broncos
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Green Bay Packers
4. San Franciso 49ers
5. Washington Redskins
6. New Orleans Saints
Seattle’s receivers ranked in the middle of Kelly’s list. Meanwhile, cover32 ranked them all the way down at number 26. Depending on who you ask the Seahawks wide receivers are either pedestrian or below average. This reputation is unfounded, but you won’t find anybody arguing that they’re more talented than the receivers in New Orleans, Green Bay or Denver.
What does it all mean? For the last two seasons Wilson has put up comparable passer rating numbers with the three best quarterbacks in the world despite having poorer pass protection than two of the three and less viable targets than all of them.
I’m not saying that Wilson is better than Brees, Rodgers or Manning. All I’m saying is that when you take a holistic view of the tools he’s been given and the passing numbers he’s put up thus far (to say nothing of his superior rushing ability) he has earned the right to be mentioned with the elites.
So the next time you hear a drunken football fan claiming that Wilson is overrated, or he’s too short, or he wants to see him do it again, or his running game did everything, or the defense was the whole reason they won the Super bowl anyway, put a finger to their lips, and whisper this: