The Seahawks need to begin grooming a young backup quarterback in case Russell Wilson can’t play. Or maybe, even to replace Wilson one day. I know that sounds harsh as Wilson should have lots of years left to play at a high level and help Seattle win a lot of football games. The NFL has changed and quarterbacks now play into their 40s with success.
But let’s be real. Russell Wilson has taken a ton of punishment in his career. Whether it be because Seattle had not-good offensive lines or Wilson simply holds on to the ball too long and allows himself to get hit, the fact remains so many hits to the body can shorten an NFL career.
Russell Wilson aging?
Am I the only one who thought that Wilson aged 15 years in the course of the 2020 season? I doubt it. He went from being great and spry in the first third of the year to timid and somewhat slow in the last third. It was odd. Maybe some of it was coaching and Seattle has now changed offensive coordinators and hopefully, that will make a difference in 2021 and in the future.
Wilson will turn 33 years old during the 2021 season and he might play like he is 27 or after taking even more hits during the season might look closer to 40. Seattle would be wise to look towards finding not necessarily Wilson’s replacement but at least a young quarterback who could fill in long-term for Wilson, if needed if Wilson were injured, and also solve the issue of who is going to backup Wilson every season.
And don’t think this is a crazy idea. Seattle chose Alex McGough in the 7th round in 2018. McGough just didn’t work out as a backup.
So here are five quarterbacks, based on the current draft positions Seattle currently has, who the Seahawks would be wise to take.