Former NFL talking head and QB Trent Dilfer tweeted something out early in the morning about Russell Wilson that may have some doubting Dilfer’s sanity. And rightfully so. Dilfer stated plainly that the best quarterback in Seahawks history isn’t Wilson but that it is Matt Hasselbeck.
No offense to Hasselbeck but, Mr. Dilfer, just no. I get that Hasselbeck played in a slightly less-quarterback-friendly time though not much less so. And Hasselbeck was never the focal point, at least not intentionally, of the Seahawks offense. During the one season (2015) that Hasselbeck took Seattle to the Super Bowl, it was because of the offensive line and Shaun Alexander and not because of Hasselbeck’s singular greatness.
I mean, maybe Trent Dilfer, who seems like a good person so this is not a slight about Dilfer’s personal integrity, simply wanted a little attention and decided to tweet something that is so ridiculous that he knew people would notice?
Russell Wilson is by far the best quarterback in Seahawks history
Dilfer’s tweet not only said Hasselbeck is the “best” QB in Seattle history but that Hasselbeck is the most “significant.” Let us see the truth here.
Wilson has been the quarterback during two seasons for the Seahawks and Hasselbeck one. Russell Wilson was the quarterback when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl for the 2013 season. Seattle lost the Super Bowl for the 2005 season when Hasselbeck was the quarterback.
Wins and losses are not all about the quarterback, though, so I am not going to compare Wilson’s teams to Hasselbeck even though Wilson’s won-loss record would be superior too. But this should be more about how Wilson or Hasselbeck helped their teams win or lose.
In 144 games, Wilson has thrown for 267 touchdown passes versus Hasselbeck’s 174 though Wilson has thrown just 85 more passes through Wilson’s 2020 season. Wilson’s touchdown percentage is 6.2 per throw and Hasselbeck’s is 4.1. Russell Wilson’s interception percentage is 1.9 while Hasselbeck’s was 3.0.
Dilfer also said that Hasselbeck had to “endure” more. It should be noted that in six more career games, Wilson has been sacked 87 more times than Hasselbeck did. Hasselbeck had two Hall of Famers playing on his offensive line. While Duane Brown might make the Hall of Fame one day most of his career has been spent with the Houston Texans.
Russell Wilson is the Seahawks all-time franchise leader in yards (33,946), touchdown passes, quarterback rating (101.7), yards-per-pass-attempt (8.2), fourth quarter comebacks (24 – Dilfer had 10), game-winning drives (31 – Dilfer had 17).
Of course, none of this even involves Wilson’s ability to run as well. Wilson has 4,506 yards rushing in his career and 5.6 yards an attempt and 21 touchdowns. Dilfer has 1,129 yards rushing with the Seahawks for 3.8 yards an attempt and 8 touchdowns.
No, Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck is in no way the best or most significant quarterback in Seahawks history. The success of each quarterback’s teams does not bear that out nor do their individual statistics. Note the time of the tweet from Dilfer. 12:13 am. Maybe Dilfer was just tired and wasn’t thinking because at least that would help explain such a ridiculous statement.