Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) prepares to throw a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson better than Cam Newton, RG3 according to Mathias Kiwanuka


The Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants are set to face off tomorrow, and it looks like we’re in store for another big game from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who continues to show why he is one of the best and most consistent QBs in the game on a week-to-week basis. It’s sometimes hard to believe that Wilson is only a second-year player, because he’s avoided the issues that guys like Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, and Colin Kaepernick have had (or, in Newton’s case, just “had”) in their sophomore seasons. Wilson is firing on all cylinders, and he has all the mental tools to go with all the physical tools. He’s as mature as they come, and there aren’t many quarterbacks who have his vision; this also includes his vision as a rushing QB.

New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka is set to get the “start” (he’ll likely end up rotating snaps with rookie Damontre Moore) with Jason Pierre-Paul out, and he will hope to put Wilson on the ground. That, of course, isn’t easy, since Wilson is difficult to sack. He sometimes senses pressure that isn’t there and hurts himself in the process, but he usually gets the ball out quickly or eludes sacks.

And to Kiwanuka, there is no argument that Russell Wilson is a better quarterback than RG3 and Cam. Here’s what he told the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch, “That’s where the comparison stops. Mobility is a good thing to have, but Russell Wilson is a more developed quarterback [than Newton or RG3] in terms of his vision down the field, his ability to read coverage and his ability to get the ball where it’s supposed to go.”

While Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III are quarterbacks who need to be respect and have better physical tools than Wilson, there is little doubt that Wilson’s raw talent isn’t far off. More importantly, Wilson makes much better decisions, is more accurate, is more consistent, and has better vision. I completely agree with Kiwanuka’s statements, and it’s a quote well-worth keeping in mind. To say that Wilson isn’t as good as those other two is only slighting Wilson. Newton isn’t too far off, but RG3 still has quite a bit to prove. He should be able to get there and is smart enough, but, for now, Wilson is the best of the three.


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  • Tony L. Castleberry

    Could not agree more. The trap that I think many NFL coaches and GMs fall into when drafting QBs is they get too excited about the physical abilities and what they did in college but have no real talent for scouting the mental…the presence of mind and maturity factors. RW is a sort of Payton Manning type in this respect whereas RGIII and Cam Newton (in the past) were more like Michael Vick.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I agree, we get too caught up in physical tools and upside. While physical tools are important, it honestly gets to a certain point where a player like Wilson has good enough physical tools that mental tools become far important when comparing Wilson vs. RG3/Newton. Those two may have more raw talent, but Wilson has plenty of raw talent too; the difference is negligible, especially when compared to what Wilson can do mentally vs. what those other two can do mentally. RG3 is smart and Cam Newton is even better than RG3 right now at breaking down defenses, but Wilson is just on a whole new level.

      What size concerns? Hopefully teams learn not to discount QBs because of size, and hopefully they don’t discount another Wisconsin draft prospect (he’s an LB tho) in Chris Borland due to size concerns.