Don’t worry, there are even more QBs that had years like Wilson
Rodgers is hardly the only great quarterback to have a bad season in the midst of an outstanding career. Let’s look at a few stat lines, shall we? These are all for a minimum of 14 games
Comp % TD INT Passer rating
59.9 18 10 87.9
56.0 24 22 76.9
60.5 25 11 87.3
Those stats belong to Joe Montana 1988, Dan Marino 1989, and Tom Brady 2013. Brady’s QBR was 63.1, by the way. QBR wasn’t as much as a twinkle in the eye of NFL statisticians in the days of Montana and Marino. But you get the picture. Collectively, those three Hall of Famers played another 23 seasons between them, with Brady likely to play until the league has a team on Mars.
So what does this all have to do with Russell Wilson? See, I didn’t forget this was about the DangeRuss one. Well, it’s simple. All three teams (four, including the Packers) had faith that their All-World QBs would get their game back. Yeah, San Francisco had Steve Young ready and New England had Garapolo waiting in the wings. But neither team pulled the trigger after one tough year.
Russell Wilson has proven he’s in the company of the NFL’s all-time greats. It’s been a bad season, no way around it, at least by the standards he’s set. That doesn’t justify the Seahawks making an even worse mistake and trading away a quarterback with a lot of great years ahead of him. Yes, we’ll keep writing about possible trades, because that’s what people are talking about. That doesn’t mean a trade is the right thing to do.