Russel Wilson has been pivotal in helping make the Seattle Seahawks into a playoff constant in the NFC. He has been the engine to the Seahawks’ success as he has become the epitome of a franchise quarterback. However, one criticism has stuck around the organization regarding Wilson that he firmly agrees must change.
Russell Wilson’s tremendous NFL career
He has led the franchise to the playoffs seven in his first eight seasons that include three NFC West division times, a pair of Super Bowl appearances, and the team’s first championship. Wilson has also seen significant progress in his development over the years as he has become not only one of the league’s best quarterbacks but top players overall.
He is the Seahawks’ primary factor offensively that has made them into a mainstay in the playoff picture over nearly the last decade. Wilson still has many more highly productive seasons ahead of him to add to what’s becoming a Hall of Fame resume.
However, that has also seen the lingering criticism toward the Seahawks concerning him that he believes should change.
Russell Wilson agrees that Seahawks should let him pass more
Russell Wilson has gotten off to a tremendous start to his career, but there has been lingering criticism of his game.
Much of that has nothing to do with him, but instead, the Seahawks instituting a run-heavy offense that hasn’t allowed Wilson to shine offensively to his fullest. It’s led to the rise of the hashtag #LetRussCook, which he voiced that he supports, according to Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian.
“Yeah, I definitely think so,” Wilson told reporters Thursday. ”Early in games, definitely. I mean, rather than us having to be in the fourth quarter to be able to make stuff happen. I think we have a crazy stat of 56 and 0 when we have the lead by halftime.”
There is much credence to what Wilson stated as the Seahawks hold a 57-0 overall record, which is a perfect mark when they lead by four or more points at halftime dating back to his rookie season. At the same time, Wilson has become one of the most lethal late-game quarterbacks as he has 77 of his 227 career touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime.
That may be the case, but Wilson has proven to be more than a capable quarterback with his arm, especially in crucial moments. It’s just a matter of him getting more opportunities earlier to be a game-changer with his arm.
Seahawks’ 2020 season expectations
The Seahawks are coming off a disappointing close to their season in the divisional round to the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle came within one touchdown of securing an NFC Championship game berth. Despite that, they have added to their roster on both sides of the ball. That has seen them acquire star safety Jamal Adams along with former Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen. Meanwhile, promising wideout D.K. Metcalf should take another step forward in his development in his second campaign.
The Seahawks should once again have a formidable running game with a healthy Chris Carson leading the charge. All that should put Wilson in the position to vie for the MVP award again while Seattle has a talented enough team to contend for the NFC West division title and another deep playoff run.
Ultimately, the Seahawks will go as far a Wilson will take them as he’s the driving force of their offense.