Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson exploded onto the scene last year after stealing the starting gig from Matt Flynn and immediately placed himself with the big dogs in his class such as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Despite an astounding rookie campaign from a man widely hailed as too short for the NFL (one of the stupidest critique tools created at the position), Wilson still has plenty of folks believing his rookie year was a fluke.
For instance, take the words of one opposing quarterbacks coach as reported by ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha:
“I like the kid, but he also was playing with a top-five defense and a top-five running game,” said one opposing quarterbacks coach. “It helps a lot when you don’t have to throw the football 35 times a game.”
In essence the critique is correct. Pound for pound the Seahawks had one of the best teams overall in the NFL in almost every category. Wilson was able to act as mostly a game manager while leading the team to the postseason.
Still, it’s hard to see why you would knock Wilson for the fact his team is great. As Chadiha goes on to point out, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was nothing more than a game manager surrounded by an elite team in his early years.
We all know how that turned out.
Much is expected of Wilson in his second year. As long as he does not fall flat on his face in his sophomore campaign like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did last year he’ll be able to silence any and all critics.
We have a feeling he’ll be just fine.
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