Remember before the draft last year when John Schneider talked about drafting a QB that had a presence, such a presence that he would "tilt the field" or "tile the room"?
Over the last several days, I've re-watched the last 7 games of the season (Bears, Cards, Bills, 49ers, Rams, Redskins, Falcons) - fast forwarding to watch the offensive snaps closely. I suddenly remembered that specific phrasing as I was watching the action...and it's a perfect
way to describe Russell Wilson. Man, this dude can PLAY. His ability to process information, his poise, his smarts, his escapability... those are all things you can't teach.
It's nice to be able to go back and watch game action without being caught up in the heat of the moment as the game unfolds. Wilson was remarkable
down the stretch, and he's only going to get better. His ability to read a defense is outstanding - there are so many examples to use, but the play I just re-watched again was the 2nd TD pass to Baldwin in the 49ers game - he knew he had the coverage mismatch and then he did what great QBs do - convert the opportunity into the play - throwing that awesome pass out in front of Doug where only he could catch it.
I have to think they are going to really open up the offense for him next season, not to totally get away from the run - but we have the ability to attack teams from the first snap. Our offense has the opportunity to be incredibly diverse. I have to think adding a real game-breaker threat at WR or TE would push the O towards top-5 in the league. And I can't imagine what we could become with improved pass blocking (man it was ugly at times).
Russell Wilson (this won''t come as a surprise to anyone in here) TILTS THE FIELD
. And after watching the avalanche of media he has done the last few weeks, it's also clear he TILTS THE ROOM
. People gravitate towards him and genuinely like him, and he commands attention.