Player No. 3: Former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
This is the easy one, right? By far, Russell Wilson, the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history and it isn’t close, had the worst season of his career in his first year with the Denver Broncos. As we like to say – and mean it honestly – on our podcast at 12th Man Rising, we wish RW3 no ill will. But we wanted him to lose every game in 2022 and heck if he almost didn’t. What happens in 2023 doesn’t matter, but Wilson’s losses this season were Seattle’s gain due to the draft pick status Seattle was getting.
The 2022 numbers aren’t close for Wilson, though, compared to his career production. Wilson had a quarterback rating of 84.4 this year and his worst before that was 92.6 in 2016. His 16 touchdown passes were 4 less than his previous worst in 2014 but in only one less game. His adjusted net yards per pass attempt was almost a yard less than his previous worst in 2017. Wilson simply wasn’t good this year and Seattle was better off with Geno Smith. End of story.
I mean, I could go on with Wilson’s statistics. His 60.5 completion percentage was the worst of his career. His overall QBR was 37.0 and his second-worst was 54.7 in 2021. The Broncos are stuck with Wilson for years now after giving him a massive contract extension. I hope Wilson is better next season, honestly. He isn’t a bad guy; He just sometimes makes bad decisions.
Meanwhile. the Seahawks should be reaping the benefits of the trade to acquire him for years to come. No matter who the quarterback is for the next few seasons in Seattle (hopefully Geno Smith), the team will be better overall than had they kept Wilson. Wilson’s issue in 2022 could have been due to poor coaching or maybe they were due to his ego. We will find out more about that in 2023.