As I stated previously in this piece, Russell Wilson for the last half of his time in Seattle has made the team better than it deserved to be. Think Seattle goes 12-4 without Wilson in 2020? No way. But Wilson has also had a history of starting red hot the first halves of seasons and cools down late. 2020 was the same way.
This year for whatever reason, even before Wilson hurt his finger in Week 5, Wilson didn’t seem the same. His raw numbers lie a bit as he did have 9 touchdown passes and zero interceptions before Week 5. But Wilson was sometimes good in the first halves of games and not good in the second half. Seattle started 1-2 and Wilson was part of the reason; He was inconsistent.
While some people point out that Wilson missed three games this year and maybe that is why Seattle isn’t as good, we should also remember that Seattle started 2-3. 10 of the points scored in Week 5 against the Rams happened after Wilson left the game and Geno Smith came in. Seattle scores no more points with Wilson than it does with Smith this year. That’s a fact.
Possibly it’s the terrible offensive scheme of Shane Waldron but whatever the reason Wilson also runs less. He used to change the outcomes of games with his legs as well but he seems afraid to take off this season. Wilson can be a good dropback passer but he is great when he is mobile. The NFL has lots of good dropback passers that aren’t ever going to make Wilson’s salary.
This shows up a lot on third downs where Wilson has been atrocious this season. He is 40 of 82 on third down passes. He misses long throws but he also misses short ones as he did in Week 16 when he missed a wide-open DK Metcalf.
The question for the Seahawks becomes, is what we are seeing out of Russell Wilson this season (a diminishment of his previous play) what we should expect in the future? If so, Wilson is no longer good enough to lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl and a fresh start might be needed.