Russell Wilson in a Nutshell Individual Plays, Video Breakdowns, "That's SO RUSSELL"

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I thought it would be fun to have people post video links to individual Russell Wilson plays that show his strengths, weaknesses, and some measure of objective truth about the QB Russell was as a Seahawk, and then provide commentary/breakdown/analysis of why that play is "So Russell", good or bad. Russell's GREAT plays and FAIL plays are two sides of the same coin of who he was as a Seahawks QB.

Format:
* ONE PLAY PER POST
* Post a link to the video of the *individual* play, provide time location for play in video if needed
* State what year, and briefly any background that provides context for the play's significance and how Russell might approach it.
* Briefly break down the elements of the play that show how Russell approached this play as a QB, what he decided, and how this shows "the essential Russell Wilson".
* Routine little plays are just as relevant as the era-defining plays. I'm choosing a routine play from 2021 for mine, but another good choice would be the 2013 NFCCG 4th-and-7 play.

The play: Bears vs. Seahawks, 2021
Background: Midway thru 4th quarter, Hawks in chipshot FG range, 3rd and 5 on Bears 9, a FG OR a TD puts Hawks up by 2 scores, 99% chance of a W. Field conditions snowy with less-than-perfect footing, and a bit of tricky wind.

PLAY OUTCOME SUMMARY:
Hawks in 3rd down set, DJ Dallas in backfield. 4 receivers in the pattern, plus a RB dump off option late. Bears D shows a 2-High shell look. Play starts, Wilson drops back, doesn't like anything he sees on first read, holds ball. Robert Quinn, Russell's old Rams nemesis, eventually beats Duane Brown around the outside. Russell senses pressure, does his little bail-out-the-back-of-the-pocket move, but Quinn's seen that before, and chases and catches Russell for a 13-yard sack, that eventually leads to a missed FG attempt by Myer, and Hawks still up only 1 score.

WHY THIS PLAY IS "SO RUSSELL" AND SHOWS WHO HE IS/WAS AT THAT POINT IN TIME
* Russell doesn't like any of the options he sees for an "on-time" throw, windows too tight for his liking, holds the ball to create more time for receivers to win.
* Russell had throws available to Dee Eskridge, 1st down territory, or DJ Dallas, short of 1st down but break 1 tackle for a 1st down.
* Holding the ball is SO RUSSELL, declining quick passes where the windows are tight. Windows too tight? Avoid the turnover.
* Bears 2-High look on D, some believe, makes Russell LESS LIKELY to throw into middle of the field.
* Russell senses pressure, and does his patented spin-bailout out of the back of the pocket.
* Russell had a running lane open to the left, chose not to take off (Maybe knew it was Quinn, who has a knack for catching Russell?)
* Russell's mobility/escapability is not what it was in his younger days, except perhaps only in his head. He thinks he can run out of the sack here, but NOPE. Not at age 33.
* Sacked, by ROBERT QUINN. Yeah, seen that movie a few times when Quinn was with the Rams.
* Russell is so determined to play Hero-Ball here, to throw a TD to seal the game, or a 1st down, that he bypasses the simple options that would ALSO effectively seal the game.

COMMENTARY
While this play is a "FAIL" for Wilson, I may have been too harsh on him and overlooked the OC's role in setting up the situation. Waldron SHOULD HAVE been more aware of the game situation and field conditions and Russell's uncontrollable Hero-Ball tendencies. Waldron could have had the O come out in a running formation with Penny in the backfield and either run it or pass it off play-action. A stuffed run play still leaves a chip-shot FG.
Still, Russell was guilty of not understanding and prioritizing the game situation enough, to NOT TAKE A SACK and make FG harder in these conditions. A throw-away to the left, over Dee Eskridge, instead of bailing out would have been perfectly plausible.
Interestingly, Robert Quinn was the ONLY Chicago pass-rusher who beat his pass-pro opponent. All other Bears get stood up by Hawks OL. Maybe DJ Dallas could have stayed in to slow down Quinn, instead of drifting out for a pass? Not sure of the RBs responsibilities on this play, but Quinn the most obvious pass-rush threat.

PLAY IS AT 9:56 IN THE VIDEO



OTHER SUGGESTED PLAYS
* 4th and 7 vs 49ers in NFCCG
* Any of a number of plays from 2014 NFCCG vs Packers, good and bad
* Plays from home WC playoff loss to Rams, 2020 season
* Plays from road win vs. Bears, Russell's rookie season IIRC, where Russell ran a lot of read-option in 4th quarter, comeback win
* Any of a number of plays from Wilson vs Mahomes, gunslinger shootout duel
* Any of a number of plays from Wilson vs DeShaun Watson, gunslinger shootout duel
* NOT SB49 "The pick", but OTHER plays from SB49, the pick has been beaten to death
* Plays from Wilson vs Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisburger, 2015 gunslinger shootout game
* Plays from 2013 playoffs, Hawks vs Wash Redskins and Robert Griffin III knee-blowout game
* Whatever play you think shows the TRUTH(s) about Russell, good and bad.
 
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This is a good quality post but I'm moving it to the NFL forum as we have to move on and he is a Bronco now..
 

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I thought it would be fun to have people post video links to individual Russell Wilson plays that show his strengths, weaknesses, and some measure of objective truth about the QB Russell was as a Seahawk, and then provide commentary/breakdown/analysis of why that play is "So Russell", good or bad. Russell's GREAT plays and FAIL plays are two sides of the same coin of who he was as a Seahawks QB.

Format:
* ONE PLAY PER POST
* Post a link to the video of the *individual* play, provide time location for play in video if needed
* State what year, and briefly any background that provides context for the play's significance and how Russell might approach it.
* Briefly break down the elements of the play that show how Russell approached this play as a QB, what he decided, and how this shows "the essential Russell Wilson".
* Routine little plays are just as relevant as the era-defining plays. I'm choosing a routine play from 2021 for mine, but another good choice would be the 2013 NFCCG 4th-and-7 play.

The play: Bears vs. Seahawks, 2021
Background: Midway thru 4th quarter, Hawks in chipshot FG range, 3rd and 5 on Bears 9, a FG OR a TD puts Hawks up by 2 scores, 99% chance of a W. Field conditions snowy with less-than-perfect footing, and a bit of tricky wind.

PLAY OUTCOME SUMMARY:
Hawks in 3rd down set, DJ Dallas in backfield. 4 receivers in the pattern, plus a RB dump off option late. Bears D shows a 2-High shell look. Play starts, Wilson drops back, doesn't like anything he sees on first read, holds ball. Robert Quinn, Russell's old Rams nemesis, eventually beats Duane Brown around the outside. Russell senses pressure, does his little bail-out-the-back-of-the-pocket move, but Quinn's seen that before, and chases and catches Russell for a 13-yard sack, that eventually leads to a missed FG attempt by Myer, and Hawks still up only 1 score.

WHY THIS PLAY IS "SO RUSSELL" AND SHOWS WHO HE IS/WAS AT THAT POINT IN TIME
* Russell doesn't like any of the options he sees for an "on-time" throw, windows too tight for his liking, holds the ball to create more time for receivers to win.
* Russell had throws available to Dee Eskridge, 1st down territory, or DJ Dallas, short of 1st down but break 1 tackle for a 1st down.
* Holding the ball is SO RUSSELL, declining quick passes where the windows are tight. Windows too tight? Avoid the turnover.
* Bears 2-High look on D, some believe, makes Russell LESS LIKELY to throw into middle of the field.
* Russell senses pressure, and does his patented spin-bailout out of the back of the pocket.
* Russell had a running lane open to the left, chose not to take off (Maybe knew it was Quinn, who has a knack for catching Russell?)
* Russell's mobility/escapability is not what it was in his younger days, except perhaps only in his head. He thinks he can run out of the sack here, but NOPE. Not at age 33.
* Sacked, by ROBERT QUINN. Yeah, seen that movie a few times when Quinn was with the Rams.
* Russell is so determined to play Hero-Ball here, to throw a TD to seal the game, or a 1st down, that he bypasses the simple options that would ALSO effectively seal the game.

COMMENTARY
While this play is a "FAIL" for Wilson, I may have been too harsh on him and overlooked the OC's role in setting up the situation. Waldron SHOULD HAVE been more aware of the game situation and field conditions and Russell's uncontrollable Hero-Ball tendencies. Waldron could have had the O come out in a running formation with Penny in the backfield and either run it or pass it off play-action. A stuffed run play still leaves a chip-shot FG.
Still, Russell was guilty of not understanding and prioritizing the game situation enough, to NOT TAKE A SACK and make FG harder in these conditions. A throw-away to the left, over Dee Eskridge, instead of bailing out would have been perfectly plausible.
Interestingly, Robert Quinn was the ONLY Chicago pass-rusher who beat his pass-pro opponent. All other Bears get stood up by Hawks OL. Maybe DJ Dallas could have stayed in to slow down Quinn, instead of drifting out for a pass? Not sure of the RBs responsibilities on this play, but Quinn the most obvious pass-rush threat.

PLAY IS AT 9:56 IN THE VIDEO



OTHER SUGGESTED PLAYS
* 4th and 7 vs 49ers in NFCCG
* Any of a number of plays from 2014 NFCCG vs Packers, good and bad
* Plays from home WC playoff loss to Rams, 2020 season
* Plays from road win vs. Bears, Russell's rookie season IIRC, where Russell ran a lot of read-option in 4th quarter, comeback win
* Any of a number of plays from Wilson vs Mahomes, gunslinger shootout duel
* Any of a number of plays from Wilson vs DeShaun Watson, gunslinger shootout duel
* NOT SB49 "The pick", but OTHER plays from SB49, the pick has been beaten to death
* Plays from Wilson vs Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisburger, 2015 gunslinger shootout game
* Plays from 2013 playoffs, Hawks vs Wash Redskins and Robert Griffin III knee-blowout game
* Whatever play you think shows the TRUTH(s) about Russell, good and bad.

Just a short critique of this example:

OK, there is snow and all, but I had to stop watching. That Seahawks defence was atrocious. Like so B-A-D.
This defence needs a philosophical rebuild.

This is really an example of why it was a losing season. The defence was horrible, full stop.
 
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Just a short critique of this example:

OK, there is snow and all, but I had to stop watching. That Seahawks defence was atrocious. Like so B-A-D.
This defence needs a philosophical rebuild.

This is really an example of why it was a losing season. The defence was horrible, full stop.
Um, in the example, it was the BEARS defense that was on the field. In what seems to me to be a 2-High look. The play in question is at 9:56 into the video, skip ahead to that.

I certainly agree the Hawks D was hard to watch in that 4th quarter; why subject yourself to that pain?
 
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This is a good quality post but I'm moving it to the NFL forum as we have to move on and he is a Bronco now..
I put it in the Seahawks forum because every Russell Wilson NFL play EVER, at this point in time, is a Seahawks play, and we still talk about former QBs Krieg, Zorn, Moon, TJack, Hasselbeck, etc. in the Seahawks forum. So it seems a bit unfair to single out a Wilson-related post for banishment to the NFL Nation forum. Krieg and Hasselbeck, in particular had significant post-Seahawks careers where they were starters for extended periods.
P.S. Not counting Pro Bowl plays as NFL plays.
 

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It's more about Wilson than the Seahawks though.
 

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QBs Krieg, Zorn, Moon, TJack, Hasselbeck, etc. in the Seahawks forum.


Those guys don't play anymore..TeamRuss! plays for the Donkey's so it's
NFL topic.
 
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It's more about Wilson than the Seahawks though.
Banishing this to the NFL forum... I'm just chalking it up as YOUR emotional reaction, "we have to move on" and grasping for something remotely logical-sounding to justify your emotional knee-jerk reaction. What was "the truth", good and bad, about Russell Wilson as a Seattle Seahawk in a Seattle uniform, as shown by specific plays? I was hoping a few posters would play and share some of their favorite plays, important plays, or obscure plays.

Russell's pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, are still being discussed endlessly in the main Seahawks forum, and I don't see any of those topics being banished to the NFL forum. So there is NO LOGIC for singling out this topic for exile. Tons of discussion about Russell still, about his struggles on 3rd down, leaving plays on the field by refusing to "take the layup", or John63 carrying on about how Russell would have 5 rings playing for any other coach than Pete. But somehow asking for video evidence of who Russell Wilson was as a Seahawk is an "NFL" topic?

How is there any Broncos/NFL aspect to this topic?
 

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I don't have a video, but my nutshell athlete would be Mariners RF Jay Buhner. Struck out a lot, but then he'd hit a homer or make a great play in the outfield and all would be forgotten. Great character off the field too!
 
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