PlinytheCenter wrote:I think for Russ it's just so much white noise. He doesn't seem to be the type to let morons drag him down. He knows where he's going.
I think you're right. He's not the type of guy to let negative, complete ass-kissing or just annoying critics drag him down. But I can tell it bothers him somewhat. Not necessarily the fact that he's the shortest QB in the league right now, but how the media chooses to focus on how he overcomes his height disadvantage rather than his rookie year success.
Seems to me that Russell Wilson simply wants to be looked at as 'The Seattle Seahawks Starting Quarterback'. Instead of
"That 5'11" quarterback who was drafted in the third round and ended up being as good as the 6'3" tall RG3 and even better than the 6'3" to 6'5" quarterbacks drafted before him
One thing I remember reading on the ESPN comment threads shortly after the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson, was a lot of people saying Russ would be just like Seneca Wallace. Since they're both the exact same height/weight, they're extremely mobile, drafted by the Seahawks in the mid-rounds (Wilson 3rd round, Wallace 4th round), who lit up defenses with their arm and feet in college and obviously faced the same type of criticism coming into the NFL.
On paper the Wilson/Wallace comparison was reasonable, but on the field they are completely different quarterbacks. Wallace was a one read and run type of QB, while Wilson is a read until you find a man open (even if you have to buy a crap load of time with your feet) and run as a last resort. A lot of Wilson's large rushing gains were designed QB Runs. From watching Seneca's playing days with the Hawks, I got the impression he was usually scrambling to find an open running lane as opposed to an open receiver like Russ did all season long.. Also, Seneca didn't even have half the arm strength that Russell Wilson exhibits with those strikes he throws up the middle. They're like bullets being fired out of a gun.