Russell Wilson: I’m the best quarterback in the NFL “without a doubt”

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is underrated by many. But not by Russell Wilson.

Asked Friday by Dan Patrick whether he thinks he’s the best quarterback in the NFL, Wilson said, “Do I think I’m the best quarterback in the NFL? I believe so, without a doubt.”

The reality is that Russell Wilson can do everything that those regarded as the best quarterbacks in the NFL can do. The problem is that, in past years, the Seahawks haven’t let him show what he can do on a regular basis, especially in the passing game.

The other thing holding him back is a bit more nuanced. Wilson has the same baseball-driven, throw-from-any-arm-angle-or-platform skillset that Patrick Mahomes demonstrates nearly every week. However, Wilson often strikes so quickly that it’s hard to appreciate exactly what he’s done. With Mahomes, there’s more of a buildup, a hair-on-fire, edge-of-the-seat frenzy that creates a visceral sense of anticipation for the viewer, usually with a remarkable payoff.

In Gladiator, Proximo had this advice for Maximus, when Maximus was ripping through his opponents absent any flair or drama: “I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me.”

The crowd has never truly loved Wilson, not the way it has loved other quarterbacks. He arrived in the NFL at the time Peyton Manning’s second act in Denver captured the imagination and attention of the football-following world. A year later, Wilson and the Seahawks simply killed Manning and the Broncos too quickly in Super Bowl XLVIII, without Wilson having to do much along the way.

Then came the fateful final play of Super Bowl XLIX, which robbed Wilson of a Super Bowl MVP award, back-to-back championships, and the kind of fame that Mahomes now enjoys. Throw in two more titles after that for Tom Brady and the rise of Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, and Wilson seemingly has gotten lost in the shuffle.

Even this week, he’s standing in the long shadow of Cam Newton and the Patriots, as the fascination continues with what Newton and Bill Belichick can do together. Hopefully, if Seattle wins, more will realize that Wilson is squarely in the conversation for best quarterback in football. And maybe if he stops killing so quickly and starts winning the crowd with some Mahomes-style are-you-not-entertained? entertainment, more people than Wilson will say that he’s the best quarterback in football, without a doubt.

140 responses to “Russell Wilson: I’m the best quarterback in the NFL “without a doubt”

  1. People who are the best at something don’t need to tell everyone that they are. There are other ways to answer that question without coming off the way he did.

  2. What? Wilson is very good, but he’s not better than Mahomes. I’d say Mahomes then Wilson as the top 2 in the league.

  3. Sorry, Russ but you’ve never been the best QB in the NFL. You have been, and still are, one of the greats but…

    Early in your career it was Rodgers, Brees or Brady. That argument has been going on for years and I’m not looking to have another round of it.

    Nowadays it’s Mahomes, Alexander, or Watson. This argument will go on for years and I’m not looking to have another round of it, either.

  4. Only player in the NFL to literally cost his team a super bowl title with a bone headed mistake.

    There is no undoing that mistake no matter how much regular season success he has.

  5. For the record, the conversation starts with who’s the second best QB.

    It’s no a question who’s first. If you even try to debate you should have your head examined.

  6. Playing Seattle also hurts Wilson. If he was playing in NYC, Chicago, Dallas , Miami or NE , we would be sick of him by now. He doesn’t have the hype machine behind him. He goes out and does his job. Very much like Tim Duncan in the NBA. Duncan went to Wake Forest and played in San Antonio where he helped his team win 5 Championships. If he went to Duke or North Carolina and played for the Knicks, Celtics or Lakers he would be ” An All Time Great “.
    Wilson went to Wisconsin and plays in Seattle. Sports writers should look in the mirror if they don’t think Russell Wilson gets enough recognition.

  7. RW is great and I love watching him play. That SB loss & the playoff loss in GB this hurt his claim. If he had won those 2 games, his claim would be very strong.

  8. Right now it is Mahomes and then the other guys way behind. Wilson is top ten for sure, maybe even the back end of the top five. It’s nice to have confidence, it’s better still to be realistic.

  9. “Nowadays it’s Mahomes, Alexander, or Watson. This argument will go on for years and I’m not looking to have another round of it, either.”

    Alexander? Lamar Alexander? He’s definitely not as fast as Lamar Jackson…

  10. And he does it behind what is typically the worst pass protecting line in the NFL with a coach that wants to run the ball 80% of the time. Imagine what he would look like in Andy Reid’s offense with their Oline

  11. Wilson is the Carlton Banks of football. When he runs on the field, opposing teams should play Tom Jones music.

  12. He’s a top 20 QB, I’ll give him that. At times he’s top 10. He’s the Seahawks number one all time QB. He’s got a SB. He’s starting to sound like Wilt Chamberlain

  13. “Then came the fateful final play of Super Bowl XLIX, which robbed Wilson of a Super Bowl MVP award, back-to-back championships, and the kind of fame that Mahomes now enjoys. “

    It is not as though that Super Bowl losing play came out of a vacuum. Russell Wilson was the player who threw the pick that cost his team a back-to-back Super Bowl win and he has not been back since. Maybe if he had audibled to a Lynch touchdown run we would be talking about him, but he did not and cost his team the Super Bowl and the break up that followed. I think Wilson is a really good quarterback, but for him to say that he is the best “without a doubt” seems like unsubstantiated arrogance.

  14. Nice to hear him finally say something edgy but true. He is a complete and super DangeRuss QB the likes only Mahomes could surpass with more seasoning.

  15. That what you want to see in your qb, but usually when you tell the world your the best you know your not. Mahomet is the best, sorry

  16. Wilson was overrated early in his career and is underrated now. People love the bright shiny new thing, so Mahomes and Jackson are that now at QB. I think Wilson and Mahomes are neck and neck for best QB. Jackson continues to make plays in the passing game all year like he did in the first game and you can make an argument for him next year. Watson is incredible but seems a little too erratic to be considered elite just yet.

    Regardless, good time to be a football fan with all of these guys playing.

    And after watching Burrow on Thursday, going to be talking about him as the best in a year or two. That kid just doesn’t get shook by anything.

  17. Wilson and the Seahawks did kill Manning and the Broncos quickly, why ?
    Because Wilson played an excellent game, converting third downs and keeping Manning off the field, where the defense got rest and shut down the Bronco offense.

    Wilson also played great against NE in the following SB but lost because his WR, Lockette, didnt go after his slant pass … and the Patriots and Butler did.

  18. radar8 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Mahomes
    Wilson
    Rodgers
    Jackson
    Prescott
    ——————————

    You would have gotten a lot more thumbs up if you had stopped before you got to Prescott…

  19. He’s saying that because in order to have the confidence in yourself to perform under pressure you have to think you’re the best. It’s the old saying winners want the ball when the game is on the line. It’s like an infielder who is on his heels when the ground ball is hit to him in the bottom of the night instead of on his toes attacking the ball. You have to have a very positive mind set to avoid choking. If you believe you’re the best…and you can perform under any conditions then when you look downfield all you see are your receivers and passing lanes. If you’re scared then all you see are defenders…and nowhere to throw the ball.

  20. “You would have gotten a lot more thumbs up if you had stopped before you got to Prescott…”

    I added Prescott just to see the reaction. I know fully well how Prescott is viewed in the comment section. I also couldn’t care less about others “liking” my posts.

  21. Ok Mr. Unlimited….sure you are. Lol. You and your ego are by far the most cringe worthy though….with out a doubt.

  22. I’m the best quarterback in NFL history that never took a snap. I believe so, without a doubt.

    It’s fun to say that. Try it.

  23. I’m not even a Wilson fan but I can admit the dude can ball. At this point I’d take Wilson over a lot of guys, he’s at worst #2/3 right now. Imagine Russ on that Chiefs offense, he can do all the things Mahomes can and is a smarter player too.

  24. likuidsmoke says:
    September 19, 2020 at 4:08 pm
    I’m not even a Wilson fan but I can admit the dude can ball. At this point I’d take Wilson over a lot of guys, he’s at worst #2/3 right now. Imagine Russ on that Chiefs offense, he can do all the things Mahomes can and is a smarter player too.

    ########################################################

    Look at Wilson’s stats passing, on a run first team. He’s already in the race for GOAT, and he’s never had an offensive line worth #$%^

    Give him the Cowboys or Saints OL and we wouldn’t be having this conversation. He’d be unstoppable

  25. Damn, my respect for him just plummeted. If you’re the best, you don’t have to self-advertise what everyone knows. It makes you look insecure. If you’re the best, you better have some MVP’s to go with it. If you’re the best, you better have more than one ring. Sorry, Ego Russ, but you ain’t the best.

  26. collectordude says:
    September 19, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    The best don’t throw goal line interceptions in the super bowl with the game on the line.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Brett Favre: “Hold my beer”

  27. Joe Flacco would like to speak with you.

    If Lee Evans don’t drop that pass in New England at the end of the game. The ravens most likely win back to back super bowls. There was no way they were losing to that giants team.

  28. Best QB’s don’t throw game losing interceptions in the last seconds of Super Bowls when they have Beast Mode in the backfield with a yard to go.

  29. Mahomes has a solid O line, Kelce and Hill; not to mention Watkins and competent (and healthy) RBs to rely on.
    Wilson has – Wilson.

  30. He probably would be better off not saying what he said, but in a vacuum I don’t have a problem with it. Would you want the leader of your team lacking supreme confidence? He wouldn’t have pulled so many games out of his (expletive) without it.

    People focus on the few things he’s done wrong. What about all of the things he does right? Seattle should have never gotten to that second Super Bowl. Russ took advantage of their mistakes at the end of that game. He’s brought the Seahawks back in the fourth quarter how many times? Y’all need to relax. That dude is so good.

  31. Wilson is a really good QB, no doubt. He’s played at a pretty high level since he came into the league. He’s definitely one of the top 5 QB’s today, but he’s closer to #5 than #1. Being one of the top 5 QB’s in the world in unreal. Hats off to Russ.

  32. I really wish everyone would STOP.blaming Wilson for that play in the super bowl…THATS ALL on PETE CARROLL!

  33. How did he lose to the Ravens at home last year?

    Ryan Tannehill somehow got it done on the road versus the Ravens

    My point being oh, I don’t think he’s a dog that can carry the entire team

  34. radar8 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Mahomes
    Wilson
    Rodgers
    Jackson
    Prescott
    ————————————
    Seriously? I’m a Packers fan and even I wouldn’t put Rodgers up there any longer. At least Rodgers used to be top 5; Prescott’s never even been there.

  35. The Super Blunder seems to publicly haunt Wilson, more than the Imperfect Season haunts Brady.

    Tomorrow, Cam Newton will most likely surpass 30,000 yards passing, and join both Steve Young and Russell Willson as the only 4K+30K QBs in league history. Russsel Wilson will likely surpass Steve Young with 231 passing TDs.

    This will be the only time in NFL history that QBs with 4,000 yards rushing will meet, not to mention the only game in NFL history with two 4K+30K QBs.

  36. I really wish everyone would STOP.blaming Wilson for that play in the super bowl…THATS ALL on PETE CARROLL!
    ————
    Didn’t know Carroll threw the ball on that play.

  37. He’ll be asking for an extension averaging $50M/yr soon. Sorry, there’s no way I’d take him over Mahomes. You want someone who’s going to win a Super Bowl for you, not throw an INT on the goal line.

  38. You have to admit, there is no one better at keeping a drive alive or moving the chains on a busted play. He also routinely takes an 8-8 team to the playoffs. Would Maholmes do as well on that Seattle team? Tough to say.

  39. Starting QB, face of the team, gets asked the question by and interviewer – and what do you expect him to say?

    “no, I think i’m pretty good, but Mahomes and Lamar are better . . . “

  40. “Wilson has never gotten a single vote for MVP. Jackson earned all 50. Jackson > Wilson”

    Pretty empty when you get bounced at home in the first round. Hopefully that participation trophy made up for his failure in the playoffs.

  41. Interview the other 31 starters in league and there would be at least 10 takers on the “are you the best?”

  42. I like Russ but he is tethering now in the space of delusional and quite frankly its Annoying where we really don’t want to have that energy with him since generally he doesn’t warrant that.
    Someone needs to tell Russ you can’t be the best when you ARE NOT remotely in the same area code in terms of natural ARM talent as that number (15) guy for the Chiefs who just went technically in his 2nd season and won the Superbowl with a team that had obvious flaws. Mahomes just went and won the superbowl with a 23rd rank running game and a middle of the pack defense rank 17th, 26th against the Rush.

    The day Wilson can go back to the superbowl without piggybacking on a NUMBER ONE DEFENSE thats the day we will put him on the guest list for the VIP section.

    I have watch this game for 33 yrs and never saw anyone with the Arm talent and ability like that Number (15) guy in Kansas city, Putting on a clinic in those 3 playoff games scoring 117 POINTS by bringing his team back from deficits was something to behold. and the scary thing he could have done it in his 1st season if it wasn’t for that offsides penalty with a Defense that was rank 31st.But i digress.

  43. I need to see people’s lists if they’re saying he’s not in the top 5. This doesn’t have to do with past accomplishments or legacy, it’s about who is the best QB playing in this moment. Personally I wouldn’t put him any lower than 4th with Mahomes, Lamar, and maybe Rodgers.

  44. Hey Russ,
    Last season you didn’t throw for the most touchdowns, fewest interceptions, most yards, nor did you have the highest completion percentage, or the highest quarterback rating. You didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl.

    #stayhumble

  45. I know that outside of Brady all these top QB’s who put up the top passing numbers every year have the same number of Super Bowls as Trent Differ Brad Johnson and a few others and that number is one.

  46. Ladies & Gents you have just enter an Alternate Universe or just woke up from a Coma where the Kid with the Golden Arm in KC doesn’t EXIST. My grandfather always said if someone is standing on some platform yelling really LOUD that he/she is the best, Chances are its only comedy since folks will be walking by just chuckling.
    Someone needs to tell Russ he already is married to Ciara so he doesn’t need to try really Hard or say anything to Impress, its over my friend just CHILL and be yourself.

  47. collectordude says:
    September 19, 2020 at 5:38 pm
    I really wish everyone would STOP.blaming Wilson for that play in the super bowl…THATS ALL on PETE CARROLL!
    ————
    Didn’t know Carroll threw the ball on that play.

    #################################################

    It’s neither Carroll’s fault or Wilson’s fault. The ball had to come out quickly, under the assumption that Jerome Kearse would handle his assignment of blocking Malcolm Butler.

    Look at the tape. Kearse, number 15, stood there, did not block Butler as he was supposed to

  48. Wilson said, “Do I think I’m the best quarterback in the NFL? I believe so, without a doubt.”

    Patrick Mahomes: “Dude, hold my beer. No wait, I’ll beat him holding my beer.”

    Wilson is eating too many brownies up there in Washington state if he really believes that he is without a doubt the best quarterback in the NFL.

  49. Aloha,
    Maybe the question should be:
    Which Head Coach has build a better team offense(Players and Scheme)?
    Andy R. or Pete C.

    Patrick M. – Talk about having weapons and a system to shine in.
    Russ W. – Talk about having to do it on your own.

  50. Give Russ Kielce, Hill, Watkins, Hardman, etc and Mahomes what TW has in Seattle and it ain’t close. Wilson is better than Mahomes with either cast.

    A Packers fan….

  51. No doubt, he is one of the best in the game.
    Best? Not so sure about that, but it doesn’t matter.
    He’s good enough to carry the team on his back. That is all that matters.

  52. I like everything about Russell Wilson. From his leadership, athletic ability, awareness, to just knowing when to play it safe and when to go all out. Im not even a Seahawks fan, but i have no problem with what he said. There’s no reason for him to think otherwise. I have a lot of respect for the way he plays and handles himself. I mean, just look at the attitude and demeanor of the qb he’s going up against on sunday night. Im glad he doesn’t act like that guy.

  53. Glad he has confidence. He clearly is underrated by so many, as evidenced above. If you rate him lower than top 3, it’s because you are not following his performance and stats, week in an season to season. I’m glad the Seahawks have him.

  54. Questionable top 5 at best! His passing game is no where near the top 5 guys. Has games where he barely gets 200 yards. He’s getting a big head these days. Good but not best and maybe in top 5 (maybe)

  55. Russell is definitely a legend in his own mind. Seahawks better pony up everything they have and double his contract. He’s indispensable. A must have. Just don’t let him pass on the one yard line. I kid you. Russell is the Savior of the world. Bow down to him and his queen.

  56. As a Niners fan I’d like to thank Russ for making it so easy to hate him.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like for fans in the AFC West who actually have the best QB in their division and who have to begrudgingly admit he’s the best AND a good dude too.

  57. Every QB that plays against the Falcons defense this season is going to say that they are the best ever. 😂😂😂

  58. Russell is my hero. I’m a big fan of short fat guys who can chuck the rock. I loved Jared Lorenzen too. Russell is definitely the best fat guy QB ever.

  59. He was asked and he is confident. This was a sound bite taken in an interview and used as click bait. It is like in My Cousin Vinny when asked told he killed someone and the character says “I killed the clerk” in astonishment…then used as proof.

    And there it is…a My Cousin Vinny reference in 2020!

  60. Then came the fateful final play of Super Bowl XLIX, which robbed Wilson of a Super Bowl MVP award, back-to-back championships, and the kind of fame that Mahomes now enjoys.

    ________________________________________________________________________________

    He was NOT robbed. He literally threw it away. Nobody else to blame for that.

  61. He’s fun to watch. It’s amazing that he’s never had one single MVP vote. It’s not going to be easy throwing against that New England secondary. They are one of the best units in the league.

  62. Wilson has been one of the leagues best QBs for a while now. I think the only reason it took him a while to be given the respect of a top 3-5 QBs that he has rightfully earned is because he was a 3rd round pick, he wasn’t supposed to be that good. And he also plays tucked way up there in the Pacific NW, but now a days everyone believes he is one of the best QBs in the NFL.

    At 32 years old though with the rise of a 22yr old Kyler Murray Wilson may not be the best QB in the NFCW for much longer. Murray is faster and more twitchy as a runner than a young Wilson was and Murray is more polished a passer coming into the NFL than Russ was and Murray also has that baseball background as a former top 10MLB pick with the ability to throw from any arm angle/platform & can do so running to his left or right. Both QBs have absolute cannons as right arms though Murray has one of if not thee quickest release in the league.

    Wilson and Kyler are strikingly similar QBs in how they plat the game, it’s uncanny. Murray reminds me a lot of a young Wilson his first few years in the league. Murray is an offense that highlights his skill set to and lets him cut it loose as a passer, Wilson has never had that especially when he was younger as Carrol micro manages everything and wanted to run the call to establish the pass. If Wilson has been an offense like Kingsburys or say Sean McVays from the start he would of set records passing.

    With Wilson getting older within the next 1-2 years I’d bet Murray passes Wilson up as one ofl the leagues top 5 NFL QBs and as the best QB in the NFC W. Murray is already a stud NFL QB at just 23yrs old, in 2 years at age 25 Murray will just be entering his prime at 34 Wilson will be exiting his. Within the next few years I think a lot of these QBs drafted within the last two years are all going to start taking the league over from the older guard of QBs.

  63. God chose Mahomes to be better than you Russell. You’ve been overshadowed by a 40 something Tom Brady for years. Not best, not by a stretch. Great, not best.

  64. I think he is a hell of a QB but sounds like he is jealous of MaHomes and should be. He is the best right now at this moment in time for sure. Lets not forget and old washed up Aaron Rodgers who barely threw for four touchdowns while they took him off the field on cruches and gave him oxygen.
    Hey the best QB wins. Period. He was very fortunate to go to a buiding team with lots of low early picks and arrived just in time for that. Seattle had the best d in football for several years that he was able to work with.

  65. Seriously, who out there other than Seahawk fans would pick Wilson over Mahomes? No one! You are NOT the best, Russell… top five, sure, but best, no way, not even close, and best “without a doubt?” That’s just laughable…..

  66. Well he is through week 2.

    And notice how Mahomes became very average when facing the kind of pressure Wilson does every week.

  67. It’s arguable between who is the best, but I think it’s clear the top 3 are Wilson, Mahomes, and Jackson in any order.

  68. People say Mahomes is better than Russell and that is a legitimate argument. Perhaps Jackson too. But Mahommes had to squeak by a Chargers team lead by a rookie QB while Wilson beat the Patsies albeit a nail biter at the end. If you go by talent alone than Wilson is #3. Wilson however manages the game better than anyone right now with the exception of maybe Drew and TB12. Combine his skills, leadership and game management and its clear, IMHO, that he’s the #1. For how long? That remains to be seen.

  69. Don’t think Wilson is the best?

    Most TDs in the first three games of a season, would have been 15 in first three games without D K Metcalf showboating

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