I really like this guy after his piece on Marshawn and think he is pretty good at his job. He is hesitant to put Russell Wilson up there as an MVP candidate and gave some fairly good reasons but then he went back to the tired, sad talking points that only demonstrate the ignorance of pundits and their unwillingness to put the time in on the Seahawks so that they know what they are talking about.
Specifically he referred to the team as carrying Russell Wilson and said that RW hasn't experienced any difficulties like Kapernick or others have. That Russell hasn't had to put the team on his backup (I can't remember word for word so paraphrasing) like others have had to do. That the defense and Marshawn Lynch make it easier for him.
What an unfortunate thing to say. Apparently he didn't see the Chicago Bears game last year, the one that ended Brian Urlacher's career. Probably didn't see the Houston game where Seattle was able to do nothing until RW put his team on...I don't know, his back? Or the DangeRuss performance throwing for 300+ yards against one of the best front 7s in the league when we couldn't run the ball.
Where was that defense or that running game that carries Russell in St Louis or at home vs the Buccaneers? Both teams that are actually very good. Try to tell Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan that those teams aren't very good.
Then he asked what happens when teams decide to keep him in the pocket and start batting balls down? I don't like using this term, but wtf? Batting balls down? And he won't be able to function if he's kept in the pocket? Hello? 21 and 6 after playing some of the best defenses in the league.
Houston Texans #1
Carolina Panthers #3
San Francisco 49ers #7
Arizona Cardinals #9
Tennessee Titans #10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers #15
Did I mention he was missing 2 starting Tackles most of the season and his starting Center for several games or that his #1 is on IR? How about the fact that the starting Fullback got cut? And his #2 TE went on IR before the season even started. Now he's throwing to such well known receivers as Kellen Davis, UDFA Doug Baldwin, UDFA Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette.
Look, I can understand a lot of people's reservations about putting Russell Wilson III way up there in the MVP race, but at least show him the respect when you are going to make statements concerning him of being familiar with his capabilities. "Teams start batting down balls?"
I only have one thing to say to those people, Ten and One.