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Why Russell Wilson is better than any other QB in the NFL, part I: The Dregs

June 1st, 2017 at 11:31 AM
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, long overlooked because of his height, draft status, supporting cast, defense, and unconventional style towards greatness, probably can’t be called “overlooked” anymore. Rotoworld recently ranked him second in their “Best QB Situations” article (and he was first in 2016), while most analysts now have him in the top five, at least.

Wilson is 28, a three-time Pro Bowler, a two-time NFC Champion, and a one-time Super Bowl winner. He has the second-best odds to win MVP next year (tied with Aaron Rodgers). Wilson’s arm is above-average accurate within 15 yards, but he could also be in the conversation as the best deep passer in the NFL. If not now, then the writing is on the wall for him to be historically great in that category when he hits his 30s, a la Drew Brees. He’s also mobile, and if 90% of the league’s quarterbacks were asked to do what he does, behind the Seahawks offensive line, they would have hit IR many times over by now. WIlson has yet to miss a game.

Last season, Wilson was tasked to throw it a career-high 546 times, and while his rate stats went down a bit, they didn’t go down as much as one could have feared. He still only had a 2% interception rate and his Y/A of 7.7 was still pretty good. His rushing numbers were down, but he played through a high ankle sprain, a sprained MCL, and a pectoral injury â?? mostly all at the same time.

Look at the best case scenario for Wilson next season; If Luke Joeckel and Germain Ifedi are upgrades at the tackle spots, allowing Wilson more time in the pocket, where he has excelled despite lazy reports to the contrary; If Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson remain healthy and Amara Darboh has an impact â?? consider the difference between that and Jermaine Kearse getting 89 targets; If Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, and Eddie Lacy can stay on the field and upgrade a running game that was decimated by injuries last season; If Wilson can play without pain; and if Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin can continue doing what we know they are capable of doing. That sounds like a lot of “Ifs” but give me a couple of them along with Wilson being healthy and I expect he will have a career year.

Potentially a year better than any other quarterback in the game, plus Wilson is still young, a squeaky clean person off the field, and relatively affordable given that 12 quarterbacks are set to make more in 2017 than him and costly extensions will be coming for others. With that being said, can we carefully point to the ways that Wilson is better than each and every other QB in the NFL?

Oh, I was born for this. Let’s start with the obvious bottom of the barrel.

Why Russell Wilson is better than:

Josh McCown, New York Jets

Christian …

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