Who is Russell Wilson?

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I see two separate perspectives that are both accurate, or at least arguable:

Comparing RCW to other QBs, he's got all the numbers to show he's top tier. Compare to other Seahawks QBs, other starting QBs of this or other eras, SB winning, passer rating, TDs.... He's right up toward the top in all categories.

Comparing RCW to other QBs in his exact same situation, you start to think he was only average. Obviously, there wasn't another QB for Seattle for the past 10 years with the same RBs and Ds and Coaches and schemes. But, there's more and more information that indicates lots of other players would have been just as successful, or more successful.

Exhibit A)Now that RCW isn't protected and has to perform on his own, he's failing.
Exhibit B)His backup, and perennial 2nd stringer, looks like an MVP in the same environment.
Exhibit C)Similar to Mark Sanchez and Matt Leinart, RCW looked great when protected, but failed when other teams' expectations were piled on. Who is RCW? RCW is Matt Leinart. RCW is Mark Sanchez.

So... were the Seahawk's accomplishments while RCW was QB great? Yes, and he played a part. Were the Seahawks great because of RCW? Arguable, but it's a lot clearer over the past 2 months that his role was not dependent on him (as an individual) as much as any competent QB willing to play within the system created around them.
 

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One thing is sure, the Russel Wilson story is not yet completed. After the many high points he achieved while with Seattle, and after a high pace media campaign to settle in with a trade he insisted on, he has face planted in Denver. The end of his story may well depend on what he becomes after he figures out to pick himself up from the mess he has essentially created for himself. Or maybe IF he can pick himself up...
 

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One thing is sure, the Russel Wilson story is not yet completed. After the many high points he achieved while with Seattle, and after a high pace media campaign to settle in with a trade he insisted on, he has face planted in Denver. The end of his story may well depend on what he becomes after he figures out to pick himself up from the mess he has essentially created for himself. Or maybe IF he can pick himself up...
According to J63, he has, his completion rate was higher than Rypien, and he just won with his trademark 4th quarter magic. Objectively, when he started playing RussBall, he is and will be more successful.

On the other hand, we are slowing coming to realize that PeteBall is actually QB friendly, all the USC QBs were great under PeteBall, but mediocre elsewhere.
 

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