Russ was Cookin’
Russell Wilson was surgical in the Week 1 victory over the Colts. Throughout training camp, Wilson stated the mentality of this offense coming into the season: unapologetic. After creating a lot of noise amid the trade rumors, Wilson quickly pivoted and brought this team together. He had long conversations with his offensive linemen, invited players over to his mansion in San Diego (as he does every offseason) and most importantly, put his head down and got to work.
Even up to kickoff yesterday, NFL Network’s inside reporter, Ian Rapoport, tweeted that Wilson still might be traded after the 2021 season. Quite frankly, this story just won’t disappear. It will remain a featured headline as media outlets continually look for “clickbait”. But, Wilson — along with the rest of this Seattle offense — has put that in the past. To quote Wilson himself, “everybody better watch out because I’m ready.”
Russell Wilson finished the first half of Week 1 completing 9 of 11 passes for 166 yards, 3 touchdowns and a perfect passing rating. One of those touchdowns was a 69-yard dime to Tyler Lockett right before the half.
In the second half, the offense slowed down a bit. But, Wilson delivered on the closing drive throwing an absolute strike to DK Metcalf for a touchdown, putting the game away in the fourth quarter. It feels as if year after year, we have heard that Wilson has had his “best offseason yet”. A large part of that is because Russell Wilson is one of the hardest workers in the NFL.
Similar to LeBron James and Tom Brady, Wilson invests a lot of money into his training and body. But, as his company – Limitless Minds – says, the separation is in the preparation. Each week Wilson prepares an 18-page scouting report for his offense sprinkled down to the tiniest detail. This is just yet another example of Wilson’s dedication to greatness.
The irony in all of the noise that Wilson created in this offseason is that the attention he has garnished on himself will result in him getting the respect he deserves. He’s been overlooked and overshadowed for far too long.