Russell Wilson early years
Let us take a look at all the QBs that have won an MVP during Russell Wilson’s time in the NFL and analyze what they did that Russell has apparently not done so far.
2013 – Peyton Manning
This was Manning’s fifth and final MVP award of his legendary career. Notably, it came as the QB of the Denver Broncos, and he was in his second season in Denver that year.
He led the Broncos to a 13-3 record and the number one seeding in the AFC playoffs. Statistically, he recorded 450 pass completions for 5,477 passing yards and 55 TDs. In that same season, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record and the number 1 seeding in the NFC. Statistically, he had 257 completions for 3,357 yards and 26 TDs.
So whilst the younger Wilson in his second season did add over 500 yards rushing to his stats in 2013, this was a case where he was just outgunned by one of the all-time greats.
Although for a second season QB to achieve what he did should have planted the seed that this guy is really good in the MVP voter’s minds.
2014 – Aaron Rodgers
This was the year Rodgers picked up his second MVP, so what did he do to earn it? The Packers went 12-4 that season winning the NFC North and gaining the number-2 seed in the NFC playoffs, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to the same record and the number 1 seeding.
Stats-wise, Rodgers had 341 completions for 4,381 yards with 38 TDs and just 5 INTs. Wilson produced 285 completions for 3,475 yards, 20 TDs and 7 INTs.
In both 2013 and 2014, Wilson’s passing numbers were not those of an MVP and he lost out to two of the very best all-time QBs.