No need to worry about Russell Wilson. He’ll be DangeRuss again
The last four games haven’t exactly been the best for Russell Wilson. The good news, there’s no need to panic. He’s gone through worse and come out winning.
I think it’s fair to say that Russell Wilson hasn’t played his best football in the past month. He hit the nadir last week versus the Rams. He didn’t throw for a touchdown for the first time in almost exactly a year. He threw an interception for the fourth straight game. He also had a passer rating under 100 for the fourth straight contest, lowering his career mark. Worst of all, he’s missed easy targets several times, either overthrowing or throwing behind his receivers.
Now, if I was writing about almost any other quarterback other than Russell Wilson, I’d probably be worried. In some cases, I’d be terrified. If Kelly Stouffer was on a bad run, I’d definitely be scared. I think you’ll agree, Wilson has established a somewhat better track record than Stouffer. So he’s going to get little more slack than the average signal caller.
It isn’t like this is the first bad run of Russell Wilson’s career. He hasn’t had very many, but they do exist. Take a look at his game logs. This is only the fourth time in his eight-year career that Wilson has had a stretch of four games with less than a passer rating of 100. Only one of those slumps extended to a fifth game. In the three games that followed his slumps, he threw seven touchdowns and one interception, and averaged a passer rating of 127.4.
This doesn’t mean I’m not concerned. After the debacle against the Rams, both he and his favorite target Tyler Lockett blamed the offensive problems on a lack of opportunities. Now, I’m not a professional football player or coach. I’m just a fan. But I’m pretty sure that after the other team scores, your team gets the ball. It’s true that the Seahawks didn’t have a lot of red zone opportunities, but that’s on the them. There wasn’t some mystical element that prevented the Seahawks from moving the ball. Unless it was a hangover from the flu.
That comment from Wilson actually worries me more than his play. This isn’t the first time he’s gone through one of these rough patches, after all. But I can’t recall a time he ever said they just didn’t get enough chances. To be fair, he added that they didn’t execute very well, and spent much more time on that theme. As I said at the beginning, I’m not worried about Russell Wilson one bit.