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The NFL Poetic: My Ode to the Awesome Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is awesome.
Now, I don't always like to use that word. But it is a real word, and it's applicable in the right situation, even though it's goofy and far too Facebook-y. The word 'awesome' is like the exclamation mark or 'OMFG'. And Russell Wilson deserves all of them.
He's the best of last year's rookie quarterbacks. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have had their struggles in their second years in the league. Actually, they had them in their first years in the league, too. Not to say Wilson didn't or that he won't before 2013 is over. But I was never concerned about Seattle's pivot falling into a sophomore slump or a rookie humiliation. Not because he was too good. Just because he was never rookie and he isn't a sophomore.
Wilson plays the game like a veteran, one of those only guys behind center who can treat every down, every possession like there wasn't one before and wasn't one after.
Inceptions don't phase him, and neither do touchdowns.
Only Tom Brady has had sort of focus since Joe Montana retired. Brady entered the league and he already seemed 35 years old and learn-ed in life. Mannign didn't have that, not right away. Brees, neither. But Wilson, for whatever reason, does.
It's been said in the past 12-plus months, and clearly far too often, that Wilson is a very good quarterback on an exceptional Seahawks team, but the opposite is actually the case. The Seahawks are a very good team with an exceptional quarterback.
While Redskins fans can say they would have beaten Seattle in last year's NFC divisional game, because RGIII went down and Wilson took over, they're lucky Griffin even lasted long enough for them to have that excuse.
The game was turning before Griffin went down. Wilson didn't just pull Seattle back, he pushed them, dragged them, and tossed spiralling, perfect, floating touchdowns to his receivers in the process.
The Seahawks fell behind, and Wilson saved them. By the end, it wasn't a contest.
Same thing happened the next week against Atlanta, although the Falcons had final possession and the Falcons won. (Props.) You probably heard some Seahawks fans complaining, saying they deserved to win and all that junk, which is pretty typical West Coast arrogance – that history of being forgotten leads to always be over-compensating, and the Seahawks and their fans can be sore losers.
But really, when you go down 20-0 – like Seattle did to Atlanta – you don't deserve to win. And it was Wilson who pulled Seattle back – again – as his teammates hung their heads and looked forward to standing on tee boxes.
Now, this year, the team is 11-1. They just murdered the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, with even the great Drew Brees and Sean Payton looking on in confusion, constantly trying to rally their brains after each blown possession, but nothing came of it. They didn't have the answer, and they didn't even know it until it was already over.
Part of it was the Seahawks' defence, sure. But you couldn't look down and back up against without seeing another Seattle score.
Wilson is the Seattle Seahawks. It's a shame everyone is just starting to learn it, because you know they haven't given him enough credit so far, and you know they'll plan accordingly.