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…