What’s wrong with Russell Wilson?

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Like all NFL players who are playing through injury, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would deny that his previously mangled middle finger continues to bother him. Hopefully for him, the truth is that the finger continues to be an issue.

Wilson isn’t the guy that he was as recently as a year ago. He’s not. Apart from the fact that he no longer has the burst to run away from pressure that he once did, Wilson’s accuracy isn’t where it once was.

Three times in the second half, Wilson underthrew otherwise open receivers. On a third-and-four play near the middle of the field, Wilson moved in the pocket and directed receiver Dee Eskridge to go deeper before firing a rainbow that ultimately didn’t get as far up the field as it could have been. On a later third-and-14 effort, Wilson badly fell short on a throw to receiver D.K. Metcalf, who had blown past Jalen Ramsey but then had to stop and wait for the ball.

Then, on a fateful fourth-and-six snap following three straight runs, Wilson had running back DeeJay Dallas open. The ball came in short. And, yes, the officials inexplicably failed to call pass interference. Still, Wilson didn’t put the ball where it needed to be.

After the game, Curtis Crabtree of KJR and PFT asked Wilson whether he’s performing up to the personal standard he has set for himself.

“Where I want to be is wherever our record could be . . . that’s where I want to be,” Wilson said. He added that his health is “getting better and better every week.”

It may indeed be the finger. If it isn’t, that’s a real problem for Wilson, who has seen several younger quarterbacks enter the league and surpass him in recent years. For the first time, it’s fair to ask whether Wilson is slipping.

Again, hopefully it’s the finger. Hopefully, by 2022, he’ll be truly and fully 100 percent as a thrower. This doesn’t change the fact that he doesn’t move like he once did, but he can play as long as he wants if he can throw it accurately and consistently.

That said, there’s still a chance that it’s the offense, not the guy running it. We’ll address that fairly important topic, including the potential solutions for Wilson, in a later item.

39 responses to “What’s wrong with Russell Wilson?

  1. Let Russ cook! They let him cook — one lousy meal after another.

    Offseason plans: WANTED: Kitchen Help. Great Pay & Benefits!

  2. How many times do you guys need to see this cycle before you realize what is going on? The team around him isn’t as good. Notice Mahomes not playing as well this year too? Remember all the way back to 2018 and Sims didn’t have Rodgers as a top 10 passer? The supporting cast has a lot to do with how the QB can operate.

  3. Well first off, QBs on mega-contracts affect the rest of the team. It takes some time. But it’s unavoidable. And time is undefeated. His skills are eroding. It goes quicker for QBs like Wilson that depend on mobility.

  4. Not sure where to begin.

    I can’t even imagine what DK would look like in Green Bay. With or without Adams.

    I thought this scheme would be perfect for Russ. Maybe they don’t have the line to execute it like the Rams, 9ers and Packers do?

    Seahawk fans thought Bevell and Schotty were bad??! This is just awful to watch.

    The beatings may have caught up to Russ? He’s taken more punishment than any other elite QB.

    I do think there is much more to this than Russ losing it.

  5. His side jobs and the coaching hasn’t updated its philosophy in a while.

  6. Well first off, QBs on mega-contracts affect the rest of the team
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    And yet every team falls all over themselves to sign their guy.

    Every time.

  7. He cursed himself and prob lost the locker room when he made that silly list of other teams he wanted to play for.

  8. Well, he is responsible for the All Time Worst Play In NFL History… throwing a game losing interception on the 1 yard line in the Super Bowl. Hands down #1 worst play ever.

  9. Could it be that Wilson is and always been overrated?
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    Probably didn’t truly compare to Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees.. but who else was better than him the last decade?

  10. I don’t think Russ is coachable. The Hawks tried to go to a west coast timing based scheme this year. They tried several iterations of 3 and 5 step drop concepts during Bevell’s time. Russ simply abandons it for his run around and heave the ball 50 yards downfield style.

    That style worked – in the regular season – for a decade. But you saw how inaccurate Russ was in the Red Zone with a condensed field. It appears that reading defenses and/or seeing over the line, and/or quickly processing visual information gives him trouble. He doesn’t throw guys open.

    If his arm is declining and the run around and heave it 50 yards downfield starts to drop off – he will be a bottom tier QB.

  11. tapper0510 says:
    December 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Could it be that Wilson is and always been overrated?

    He’s taken his team to more Super Bowls than this week’s player of the week.

  12. It’s real simple: running quarterbacks don’t age well. First they get injuries and lose their burst to escape. Then they try to adjust to playing a pocket passer and are not comfortable or capable doing that. They greatly depend on their skill position players as well. Elite pocket passers are the players with the greatest and longest careers.

  13. It looks more mental than physical to me. I don’t watch every Seahawks game so my opinion isn’t based on every play. When I have watched him in a few games, he looks disinterested. Watching him against Washington was brutal. He was missing guys by like 10 yards. I thought only Newton could do that!

  14. BuckyBadger says:
    How many times do you guys need to see this cycle before you realize what is going on? The team around him isn’t as good
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    Yes, the team around Russell Wilson isn’t as good as it was, therefore Seattle’s record isn’t as good as it once might have been, and Wilson’s stats aren’t as good either. That’s not the point.
    The fact that the team around Wilson isn’t as good has nothing whatsoever to do with him continually missing wide-open receivers that he once would have hit in his sleep. He’s throwing the ball at the feet of open receivers on short routes, and his once-uncannily accurate deep ball is nowhere to be found.
    As the writer pointed out, he’s no longer the mobile QB he once was, and that also has nothing to do with lesser talent around him.
    If the finger is the issue then Wilson can likely thrive again as a pocket passer and return to being a pretty good QB. But right now he’s not playing like one, and his teammates have little to do with that.

  15. Add Russ to the list of QBs ended by Aaron Donald., when it’s over for you in the nfl as a qb, the Turk doesn’t come get you, Aaron Donald does. Ask Drew Brees.

  16. BuckyBadger says:
    December 22, 2021 at 11:02 am
    How many times do you guys need to see this cycle before you realize what is going on? The team around him isn’t as good. Notice Mahomes not playing as well this year too? Remember all the way back to 2018 and Sims didn’t have Rodgers as a top 10 passer? The supporting cast has a lot to do with how the QB can operate.

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    There are a lot worse receivers to have than Lockett and Metcalf.

  17. He doesn’t have the legion of boom and beastmode so he is getting exposed. He was a never the QB Pete Carroll tried to convince us he was. Still very good and most teams will take him as their starter.

  18. @dregonspengler, a couple of drafts at the top and he will be in the MVP conversation again. Watch and learn. Some of us have watched football a little longer. You will see it too.

  19. Missin’ Again Crosby says:
    December 22, 2021 at 11:09 am
    Well first off, QBs on mega-contracts affect the rest of the team
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    And yet every team falls all over themselves to sign their guy.

    Every time.
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    It’s a fine line.
    Perhaps the only thing worse than signing QBs to mega-deals is floundering around from one scrub to the next while trying to find a guy to overpay.
    Both scenarios hurt a team.

  20. A.mangled finger and dude just looks out of shape and lethargic. Playing with no energy. Seahawks should.move on and get the 2 1st rounders some team will still cough up for hik.

  21. Go-F-Yourself says:
    December 22, 2021 at 11:10 am
    Well, he is responsible for the All Time Worst Play In NFL History… throwing a game losing interception on the 1 yard line in the Super Bowl. Hands down #1 worst play ever.
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    Man, do we see that play differently!
    That was the best play in NFL history!
    In second place is the Colts’ Funt play, followed by the butt fumble, solidly in third.

  22. tqaztec says:
    December 22, 2021 at 11:16 am
    tapper0510 says:
    December 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Could it be that Wilson is and always been overrated?

    He’s taken his team to more Super Bowls than this week’s player of the week.

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    Did Russ take them to the playoffs or the the Legion of Boom take Russell to the big game? Every since they left, he hasn’t been back since.

  23. feetballs711 says:
    It’s real simple: running quarterbacks don’t age well. First they get injuries and lose their burst to escape. Then they try to adjust to playing a pocket passer and are not comfortable or capable doing that. They greatly depend on their skill position players as well. Elite pocket passers are the players with the greatest and longest careers.
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    I don’t disagree at all with your general premise. The problem is Russell Wilson has never been a running quarterback. He’s a scrambler, a distinction most younger fans don’t seem to recognize or grasp.
    A running QB is usually a great athlete who can hurt you with his legs, but most of his life he’s relied on his physical skills to the detriment of learning how to remain patient, read defenses, go through his progressions or throw a technically accurate ball. They throw with varying degrees of success, but it’s very often one read and then take off running.
    Wilson is, or at least was a scrambler in the tradition of Fran Tarkenton. Scramblers have athleticism and are great at escaping pressure. They run when necessary, or if the opportunity presents itself, but they’re passers first, always keeping their eyes down field even when they’re escaping pressure or moving in the pocket.
    The Seahawks used Wilson’s athleticism to great success during the league’s infatuation with the read-option. He often escaped the pocket and gained big chunks of yards on the ground. But he was always looking to pass first. Until the finger injury he was well above average in that regard, even over the last few seasons when his running declined.
    Assuming the finger issue isn’t permanent – and assuming Seattle ever gets him a decent offensive line — Wilson can thrive as a pocket passer even without his legs.

  24. It seems pretty clear that his finger isn’t fully healed. I don’t get why so many people want to denigrate him. He’s been a very good QB for a while now. The fortunes of a team depend on much more than just the QB.

  25. hmm must be Ciara wearing him out at home lol the man is full time family man injuries and at home life are also factors lol

  26. He looks broken down — maybe it’s 10 years of cumulative blows…not including college, it accounts for a ton of body blows – 423 sacks, 834 rushes, 86 fumbles, etc. And all those hits in all those post-season, too. It adds up.

    If you look at his stats this year, they are eerily similar to Kaepernick’s last season. They look decent on face value, but if you watched either guy play, you know the numbers truly do not tell the story.

  27. His brain is broken. He can’t seem to read a defense, locks in on one receiver and is forcing balls where they shouldn’t go. He also hasn’t learned that he’s old and fat now and can’t scramble out of pressure like he used to and now eats self inflicted sacks like it’s a new hobby of his. Ever since mid-way through last season when teams adjusted to the deep ball, he’s fallen apart. Yet, he still continues to try and force the long ball on 3rd and short instead of safe dump-offs to keep the chains moving. Carroll needs to step up and coach him and if he’s trying and Russ isn’t coachable, it’s time to move on. An immobile short QB with bad habits isn’t the answer.

  28. Wilson needs a change of scenery. And the Seahawks need a QB who is able to get rid of the ball quickly.

  29. It is no secret that Ciara wants out of Seattle, like yesterday.
    I don’t see Russel as a Seahawk after 3 more games.

  30. …I can already hear the song “Eye of the Tiger” playing in Russell Wilson’s head…go ahead and bet against him….

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