Jan 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterbackRussell Wilson
fields and answers questions during at press conference at the Arizona Grand Hotel in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX. at Arizona Grand Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Surprised to see him this far down?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is done with hearing just about anything regarding Wilson. He gets talked about so much in terms of his abilities on the field and persona everywhere that I won’t watch NFL Network or any other ESPN programming on TV anymore, just to be sure I don’t have to hear anything regarding him.
He just gets discussed way too often, period.
Now so you know it isn’t just sour grapes over the loss, I was doing that way before the loss a couple weekends ago. Also, I do believe he is a really good player. But it is hard to find a non-polarizing discussion regarding him these days.
He actually reminds me of Tim Tebow in a way because of that; there just doesn’t seem to be a neutral opinion anymore. He pretty much either just suck or is the greatest quarterback ever, with no in-between.
Here’s my attempted middle ground analysis: He has had a highly productive start to his career, winning at a ridiculous rate and proving able to pull out games he’s got no business winning. He is heavy on intangibles while also bringing a ridiculous athleticism and powerful arm to the table that – unlike Tebow – stays pretty accurate during a majority of the time.
It gets terribly overlooked by those who are quick to anoint him just how great that defense is. The same happens with Marshawn Lynch, who is the driving force behind their entire offense. Had those two areas not been the massive contributors they were against Green Bay, Wilson never would have been close to having that chance to steal the game away at the end.
No doubt is he good, but he isn’t the second coming of Brady or whomever else the statistics ESPN guys like to spout off seem to favor. He’s a crafty, intelligent guy with a strong arm/leg combo and a never-say-die mentality who happens to have an electrifying bulldozer to power his offense and a historically grand defense to keep scores low and intimidate the opposition.
Perspective is a great thing, and keeping it relatively in check puts him somewhere in the middle of all the discussion. In terms of discussion for his impact on the Super Bowl, that places him firmly at this slot.
Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebackerK.J. Wright
is interviewed during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
#4 & #3: Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright
These two get combined into one spot, basically because they’ll both be putting in a major impact on how the game ends up.
Those two will factor highly in two areas: defending the run and covering Rob Gronkowski over the middle.
Both have great abilities that should be able to stack up well to both tasks. Wagner is undeniably the better player, but with the way I expect them to be used by Seattle — and attacked by New England — it could be Wright who sees more action rolled in his direction.
If that happens and he holds up well while making a few impact plays, Wright could – and should – receive more consideration for the coveted award.
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