Russell Wilson at number 33 on PFF’s All-Decade team is simply wrong
By Geoff Shull
Pro Football Focus has spent the last couple of days ranking the top 100 players from 2010-2019. The Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson came in at number 33 and that is wrong.
A couple of other notable Seahawks to make the list include Marshawn Lynch at 29, Bobby Wagner at 39, Kam Chancellor at 55, and Duane Brown at 57. While coming in the top 100 of an All-Decade team is an honor, I wholeheartedly believe Russell Wilson should have been much higher on the list than number 33.
It’s fair to say Russell Wilson was not the player he is today, early on in his career. However, I can’t think of many people who would rather build a team around Matt Ryan, the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, over Russell Wilson. According to PFF’s list, that is exactly what they believe. Matt Ryan came in one spot ahead of Wilson at number 32.
Sure, Ryan is immensely talented. He has all the physical tools you look for in a prototypical pocket passer. He has put up some phenomenal stats; however, he has not been to multiple Super Bowls. He has not had to carry an entire offense single-handedly when the rest of the roster was broken. He hasn’t had to beat down barriers that were put in place by not aligning with what a prototypical QB should be. Again, I’m not saying Ryan is a bad QB. He simply is not near the level that Russell Wilson is on. Not many players are.
Russell Wilson owns the second-highest QB rating ever (101.2) behind only Aaron Rodgers (102.4). He has a career interception rate of just 1.8%. This is good for 6th all time. PFF has Russell Wilson tied at number 4 for the highest graded QBs since 2012. This stat puts him behind only Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and equal to Patrick Mahomes. Do you know what’s funny about this? He is the only one of these quarterbacks to never receive a single MVP vote.
His career rating for catchable balls thrown is 75.4%. This career figure would have ranked number 8 in the NFL last year. He has done this while throwing one of the best deep balls in the business. In fact, last year he had the second-highest percentage of his throws going past 20 yards. In these throws, he didn’t just succeed, he was the top-ranked passer throwing them. I have a background in finance, economics and accounting. Typically, more exposure flattens a curve. Instead, in Wilson’s case, it simply shows how great he truly is.
Stats like this don’t just come naturally, it comes from hours and hours of hard work. Russell Wilson is no stranger to this and puts in more work than just about anyone. Good enough was never an option for him. Check out the video below of his training.
That is Wilson floating the ball 18-20 yards perfectly over the soccer goal into the hands of the receiver. Talk about precision on the move. Again, stats like that don’t just happen by accident. Hours and hours of hard work go into every throw and movement we see in-game.
Russell isn’t just talented on the field. he has something about him that draws people in. Whether it be fans rooting for the player or Seahawks. Or players who joined the team because of him. I know Jadeveon Clowney wanted to be traded to Seattle simply because that is where Russell Wilson played. Yesterday, newly added wide receiver Phillip Dorsett said the same.
There is just something about him. He is just different. We all can see it. Whether it is his work ethic, his determination, his winning spirit or his leadership capabilities. He deserved to be much higher on this list. There will likely be another Matt Ryan, however, its very unlikely we will see another player like Russell Wilson in our lifetime.