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Russell Wilson has gone from cheers to jeers in the last couple of weeks.
From that moment, thru the 2012 preseason, Russell Wilson was the center of hope for the 12th man. We all watched John Gruden’s Quarterback Camp on Russell, and we saw how high John was on the rookie.
If you watched those two videos, then you have heard just about everything I could write about his past.
Instead, I am going to focus on what he has done in the NFL, and what we can take from it moving forward. I want to throw some numbers out at you, eight quarterback, the first four starts in the NFL for each of them, please take a moment to study them before you scroll down.
For fun, look at these numbers and decide which quarterback you would start, then decide who you would bench.
- 80/131 61% 999-yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions
- 65/141 46% 831-yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
- 74/125 59% 892-yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions
- 87/124 70% 1,088-yards, 5 touchdown and 2 interceptions
- 60/100 60% 594-yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
- 57/96 59% 604-yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions
- 81/146 55% 992-yards, 3 touchdown and 11 interceptions
- 59/114 52% 637-yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions
I recognize that all of these players come from different situation. Some had played several games before their first start. Others had ridden the bench for a year or more. Of course, there are the ones who were thrown into the fire from game 1 of their NFL career, just like Russell Wilson.
The players in order: John Kitna, Jim Zorn, Dave Kreig, Tony Romo, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Matt Hasselbeck.
I don’t know about you, but personally I would gladly take a player like Zorn, Kreig, Brees, Manning or Hasselbeck to be the future of the Seahawks franchise.
Though their numbers are all across the board they all have one thing in common, work ethic.
When it comes to Russell Wilson, he has that too. Drew Brees and Matt Hasselbeck are the players who have the most similar numbers to Russell Wilson.
If you are familiar with twitter, you are familiar with hash-tags. Russell Wilson uses one on just about every tweet, it is “#NoTime2Sleep”.
About a week ago he tweeted a quote, one that describes his approach to the game.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t”-Jerry Rice
After an amazing preseason, the 12th man was riding the Wilson hype.
Unfortunately, it has led to a lot of disappointment.
I cannot promise that things will get better, though I’d be willing to bet that they will. What I can promise, the first 4 games of a career do not indicate future production.
You cannot multiply numbers and project a career.
If that were the case, we would be calling Peyton Manning a turn over machine and Tony Romo “Mr. Clutch”.