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Rob Ryan praises Russell Wilson

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The Saints haven’t played the Seahawks since Russell Wilson arrived in the NFL.  But New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has faced Wilson, last year when Ryan worked for the Cowboys.

It was Week Two, with the Cowboys coming off an opening-night win over the defending Super Bowl champs at MetLife Stadium.  And Seattle thumped Ryan’s Cowboys, 27-7.

As Ryan and his 9-2 Saints prepare for a rematch with Wilson and his 10-1 Seahawks on Monday night, Ryan is heaping praise on the third-rounder who has become one of the very best young quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Right now the guy is one of the star quarterbacks in the league,” Ryan told reporters on Saturday regarding Wilson. “He does so many excellent things with his feet first of all, and then you can see the intelligence out there. I know it’s documented how smart he is, but it looks like he loves to play the game. He is so accurate, especially when he’s on the move, running around like he does making plays. He’s tremendous at that.”

In an era filled with running quarterbacks, Ryan puts Wilson at the top of the list.

“He’s probably the best scrambler in football,” Ryan said. “I think the guy is outstanding.  We got our work cut out for us.  The receivers are extremely talented. This is a well-coached team. They’ve got a hunter-killer back there running the ball.  This is what you get, I guess, this time of year and this will be a hell of a challenge.”

Last year, Wilson completed 15 of 20 passes against Ryan’s 3-4 defense, adding 28 yards on seven rushing attempts.  This year, the stakes are about as high as they can be; the winner has the inside track to the top seed in the NFC playoff field.

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14 Responses to “Rob Ryan praises Russell Wilson”
  1. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 30, 2013 10:54 PM

    “He does so many excellent things with his feet…”

    Typical quote from the Ryan family.

  2. swaggyy says: Nov 30, 2013 10:55 PM

    Yeah he better praise him because he’s the best QB he will face all year. Maybe even ever.

  3. seaeagle707 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:25 PM

    I sure hope that RW, doesn’t get wind of this hero worship mullarkey, before the game. Stuff like this can mess with your mind, throw off your concentration.

    But for the record, I do agree with all of Ryan’s assessment of, Wilson.

  4. abollich says: Nov 30, 2013 11:27 PM

    Ryan’s defense goes against the ‘best’ qb every day in practice.

  5. fumblenuts says: Nov 30, 2013 11:41 PM

    It will be interesting to see how the Hawks O-line pick up his exotic blitz packages.

  6. nsideindy says: Nov 30, 2013 11:50 PM

    Wilson is a good QB…but I’d hate to see him have to carry a team.

  7. greatestgamensports says: Dec 1, 2013 1:09 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but the Seahawks get exposed in this game… Saints roll by 14

  8. vailskier99 says: Dec 1, 2013 1:11 AM

    Bronco fan here, but I love this kid and will root for him to win on Monday

  9. labratre says: Dec 1, 2013 8:26 AM

    He’s the best QB that’ll get beat on Monday night too ass well, WHOO DATT!

  10. groleo45 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:19 AM

    Best scrambler in the league=Big Ben. RW is right up there though.

  11. MichaelEdits says: Dec 1, 2013 9:25 AM

    “He’s probably the best scrambler in football.” I sure hope Cam Newton tacks that one onto the wall for motivation. If my homers can beat the Saints twice, I do believe we’ll take the NFC South away from them. Yes We Cam.

  12. uptjeff says: Dec 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    Rob Ryan is the man.

  13. osoviejo says: Dec 1, 2013 8:14 PM

    “Saints roll by 14…”

    I’ll take the Seahawks and 14 for as much money as you have. Otherwise, hush.

  14. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 2, 2013 4:38 PM

    I think the Saints will likely drop this game but if these two teams meet again in the playoffs the Saints will win because it’s darn near impossible to beat the same team 3 times in a row.

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