Future Seahawks success
To make Wilson believe he can build his legacy in Seattle, and to out a salve on those prodigious but itchy feet, we need to look at what has worked in the past.
Wilson’s super bowl appearances with Seattle came in 2014 and 2015. Indeed but for the much-questioned play call that led to the Malcolm Butler goal-line INT, Wilson’s legacy may already be in place as a multiple Super Bowl winner, and one of the rare ones to defend an NFL title successfully. So what was in place in 2014-15 that is not now?
Let’s look at Wilson in those years, in the victory over Denver in 2014, Wilson recorded 232 scrimmage yards and passed for two TD’s. In the loss to the Pats the following year he had 286 scrimmage yards, passed for two touchdowns again and that oh-so-unforgettable last-second INT.
So lesson one is don’t scheme for Wilson to have 300 scrimmage yards and a high number of TDs. Last season’s average of 295 scrimmage yards and 2.62 TDs per game last regular season is not the route to success as history tells us. As reinforced by Tom Brady having 199 scrimmage yards and 3 passing TDs in the Bucs Super Bowl success.
Whilst it may be counterintuitive to ask for less from your best player, we are looking for the scheme that works here.