The Greatest Quarterback Ever?

I was on my way home tonight, when I heard part of an interview with Russell Wilson, Seattle quarterback.

Wilson openly says he wants to be the best quarterback in the history of the NFL. I caught that and I liked hearing it, but I thought about other NFL quarterbacks. Brady. Manning. Montana, Young and Elway. By no stretch of the imagination does Russell Wilson even compare to those players. Yes, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season. Yes, they pummeled the hated Bronkeys, a feat which I will be forever indebted to them for. But that team isn’t even remotely reliant on Wilson.

Then you start to view the numbers, listen to his teammates and understand. This guy actually has a shot to become an all-time great. Look at this stat on deep-ball throwers. It’s last season’s NFL leaders in deep ball (20+ yard pass plays) accuracy:

Player          Att.          Comp.          Drops          Yds          TDs          Int          Acc.%

1. Russell Wilson (Sea)          60          27          2          922          9          5          48.3

2. Peyton Manning (Den)          83          38          2          1,299          12          5          48.2 3. Geno Smith (NYJ)          60          26          2          830          4          7          46.7

You don’t think of Wilson as an accurate deep ball thrower. But he is. You don’t think of him as a strong-armed quarterback, but he is. You don’t think of him as a stand in the pocket passer, but he can do that. We all know he’s athletic and can get out of the pocket and throw the ball or turn it into a big gain. The biggest thing, he’s the unquestioned leader of the Seattle team.

You are a sports fan. You saw Russell Wilson take over that Wisconsin team; getting named a captain despite just arriving there. Russell Wilson is The Man, and God willing, is going to be The Man in Seattle for a long, long time. Whether or not he becomes the best quarterback ever to play the game is way in doubt but he’s done some remarkable things in his career.



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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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3 Responses to The Greatest Quarterback Ever?

  1. bschless says:

    I’m a big Wilson fan, ever since he led my Badgers to the Rose Bowl. He’s a very accurate passer and scrambles well. He seems to be very level headed as well.

    • Then you saw that ESPN special on the Badgers when Wilson came over from N.C. State. As a football fan, you just pulled for him. I was extremely impressed with him then. You’d think “back up” from his stature, but he’s just a natural leader.

      • bschless says:

        He has always been what they say “calm, cool and collected”. This year Pete lets him loose to turn from a game manager into a real playmaker. I think he plays with a chip on his shoulder because everyone told him that he was too small to be an NFL quarterback. And he’s a team guy…no big ego. I love how Seattle paid Matt Flynn big money but let Russell win the job. Great story…I will always root for him. And I have him on my fantasy team this year so will definitely be rooting for him.

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