Wilson was incredibly impressive throughout his rookie campaign, which came to an end after a 30-28 loss to the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round. He completed 24-of-36 passes for 385 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while adding 60 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
This quality performance capped off a year in which he completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also gained 489 yards and scored four touchdowns while running the ball.
Considering Wilson was an afterthought to start the season, these numbers are truly remarkable. The 24-year-old was drafted in the third round and was never thought of as a legitimate starter due to his 5'11" frame.
But he quickly proved his doubters wrong and at this point, he is Seattle’s franchise quarterback.
Although Wilson is not ideally built to play under center in the NFL, he has all the intangibles a coach would look for. As he proved against the Falcons, he excels in important games. ESPN Stats & Info provided this piece of information to show how special his final game of this season truly was:
(ELIAS) Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: 2nd rookie to throw for 300 yards in postseason game (other: Sammy Baugh, 335 in 1937) #beenawhile— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2013
In addition to his intangibles, he is ideally suited to run the Seahawks offense. His accuracy is his best attribute, and due to the team’s exceptional defense, avoiding mistakes is the offense’s primary duty.
Wilson will commit to lowering his 10 interceptions this season, although that is already an impressive number for a rookie. As he becomes more experienced, he will continue to make better decisions and he will be an extremely efficient player.
Seattle’s offense features a heavy dose of running back Marshawn Lynch, and Wilson’s mobility allows the team to use elements of the read-option that have been used so successfully by the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers.
The offense controls the clock and avoids turnovers, and this often allows the defense to win the game for Seattle. But in close contests, the team must be able to count on its quarterback to make plays, and Wilson has proved to be this type of player.
If not for an impressive last-minute drive from Matt Ryan that resulted in a game-winning field goal from Matt Bryant, Wilson would have capped off an incredible comeback to take his team the NFC Championship Game.
Wilson will continue to improve next season, and given the talent the Seahawks have in the backfield and on defense, they will once again be in the mix next January.
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