The Best Quarterback in the NFL isn’t Peyton Manning, Brady, or Brees; It’s Seattle’s Russell Wilson
Wilson has his rap ready; all he has to do is beat the New Orleans Saints today, win the NFC championship game on January 19, and, finally, take the Super Bowl on February 2.
He is the NFL’s winningest second year QB—his teams have won 24 of 32 regular season games—since the first Super Bowl in 1967.
Last year, after leading the Seahawks to a 24-14 win over the Redskins in the first round of the playoffs, Wilson suffered the bitterest loss of his short career, a 30-28 heartbreaker to the Falcons. Wilson was sensational, throwing for a career high 385 yards, running for more, and accounting for all four of his team’s touchdowns. His statistics were no consolation, though. “I spent the whole offseason,” he told an interviewer, “thinking about getting back to this point—being in ‘The Moment’ all the time. That’s my goal for the playoffs now. How tuned in can I be? How laser focused can I be? That’s what I want to find out.”
This week, as his Seahawks prepared to play the Saints, they they are number one-seeded and favored by the oddsmakers to not only win the NFC but to go all the way. The main reason is Wilson, who isn’t merely the most efficient but the most exciting young quarterback in the game, blessed with dazzling speed and mobility as well as a whiplash-throwing motion which enables him to evade tacklers and hit receivers downfield. He gives defensive coordinators nightmares. (Watch him in action this past December 2 in the Seahawks 34-7 victory over the Saints in which he threw for 310 yards and ran for 47 more—a game Seattle hopes will be a preview of what is to come on Saturday.)
It isn’t his fault that he’s not famous yet. This year, among passers with at least 300 throws, he was third in the league in the most important of all throwing stats, yards per pass attempts, averaging 8.25 per toss. And among the top passing QBs, he’s the best runner.
Simply put, he’s the best all-around offensive player at the game’s most important position. Some, including his coach Pete Carroll, wonder why he isn’t considered a more serious contender for NFL Player of the Year. (The consensus is that the award will probably go to the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning, the quarterback most likely to square off against Wilson and Seattle in the Super Bowl.)
“He’s the most important player on the top-seeded team going into the playoffs,” Carroll said during the postgame press conference after the Seahawks last regular season game. “Does that make him most valuable player material? It certainly should.”
SOURCE: Allen Barra
The Daily Beast