Russell Wilson is better than Prescott here, too
We haven’t even touched on Wilson’s legendary fourth quarter performance. We’ve looked at it before so I’ll just touch on it briefly here. In the fourth quarter, Mr. Unlimited really shows his stuff. His passer rating jumps to 109.7, and his touchdowns climb to 8.3 percent. Those are 9.4 points and 2.3 percent higher than his career averages. He comes through in crunch time.
Compare that to Prescott. He’s good in the fourth quarter but doesn’t elevate his game like Wilson. Prescott’s passer rating in the fourth is 96.3, barely over his career average. His touchdown percentage is 5.0, just a bit above his career average of 4.5 percent. He doesn’t fall apart by any means. Neither does he rise to the occasion as well as Wilson.
As for those similarities, there are some. Prescott was drafted in the fourth round, Wilson in the third. Wilson is 5’11” and 215 pounds. Prescott is 6’2″ and 238 pounds. Okay, maybe not so close there. Dak runs the ball, so does Russ. Although this season Prescott ran more than ever, and it was only seven times more than Wilson, who ran the least ever. Prescott averages 63 carries a year, while Wilson averages 92. So what exactly are the similarities?
Here’s the funny thing. Andrew Luck averages 62 carries a season. He’s 6’4″ and weighs 240. He runs almost exactly as often as Prescott and is much closer in size to Prescott. He threw 23 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, while Prescott had 23 and 22. Why isn’t Prescott the new Andrew Luck?
Or what about that guy in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers? Rodgers is 6’2″ and 225 pounds. Again, he’s a much better physical match to Prescott. Once he finally escaped the bench, Rodgers averaged 61 carries in his first three seasons. He threw for more touchdowns than the Dallas QB, but so did Wilson. Why isn’t Prescott the new Aaron Rodgers?
Could there be some other reason people insist Prescott is the new Wilson, instead of someone else? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe it will come to me eventually. No, it couldn’t be… they’re both black? Somehow I don’t see that melanin levels should be considered when comparing football players, or doctors, or people in any walk of life.
I know that having said all this, Prescott will now throw for five touchdowns and run for two more tonight. Such is karma. But for now, let’s just let Dak Prescott be the best player he can be, without saying he’s the new anyone else. Especially not a player who is clearly better, like Russell Wilson.