Russell Wilson evaluation

 

The Seattle Seahawks traveled to Denver to play the Broncos on Saturday. The first unit offense struggled to move the ball in the first half, leaving Seattle trailing Denver 10-9. The Second unit offense came out and took control of the game, and by the time it was said and done the Seahawks won the game 30-10.

 

 

Russell Wilson #3

the good:

Sometimes plays do not go as planned.  Russell Wilson’s ability to extend plays with his feet is the best I can remember seeing from any quarterback in Seahawks history.  The reason I say that is because once the pocket breaks down and he is forced to move, he becomes a double threat to the defense.  Seneca Wallace could run with the ball in his hands very well, but the thing that make Russell unique is that while he’s running around he is looking to make a play with his arm first.  Russell only pulls the ball down and takes off as a last resort.

 The pass Russell Wilson made when he hit Lavasier Tuinei on the sidelines while being dragged to the ground is stuff that legends are made of.

There are a lot of hidden yards in the course of a football game, and Wilson has the ability to force the opposing team to forfeit some.  Russell accomplished this by using his cadence to draw defenders offsides. First in the game against the Titans and then Wilson drew the Broncos offsides twice on Saturday.  Not only does that give the offense 5 yards every time the defense jumps, it also slows down the pass rush just enough to buy a little extra time in the pocket to find an open receiver.

Russell Wilson avoids pressure with his feet then delivers a strike downfield. Photo by Brett Bivens

In Denver Russell Wilson showed us something else that he has in his toolbox, the ability to put just the right amount of touch on a pass.  On Saturday Russell made two excellent passes that required him to drop the ball over the defenders heads into his intended targets arms. The first pass where Russell used his touch, he threw over the linebackers and under the defensive backs hitting his target for a first down.  The second time was when he threw over the defenders heads and hit his tight end (Cooper Helfet) in the back of the end zone, for a touchdown.

The Bad:

Wilson’s game was not perfect by any means, just damn near. There were a couple passes where he tried to force the ball to his receiver and it was knocked down. As long as he’s not throwing balls that could be intercepted, or throwing passes to players who are blanketed while he has targets wide open, I’m not going to ding him much, for those. The thin air in Denver seemed to cause him to slightly over throw the deeper passes.

 

I know he’s going against lesser competition and I completely understand the differences in the game, but when a player steps on the field all he can control is the way he plays.  Saturday, while he was  playing, Russell Wilson was the best player on the field.