The San Francisco 49ers are tasked with containing Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson this week. Wilson has gotten many analysts to bow at his feet in awe of the stunts he is able to pull off. Jon Gruden was going nuts as he gushed over Wilson on Monday night. Wilson has done some impressive things lately, but a good scheme, a talented receiving corps, and hard work can only take the guy so far.
Wilson is 5-11 or so, just a hair shorter than Drew Brees, but he runs all the time. One big hit and he could be done. It is amazing that he has not gotten seriously injured yet. As for his receiving corps, they may lack Percy Harvin, but they have plenty of receivers that have started in Seattle for years—such as the severely underrated Doug Baldwin.
The biggest reason for Wilson’s on-field success, other than scheming and hard work, is simple: Marshawn Lynch. He is called “Beast Mode” for a reason. Well before Wilson became the starter, Lynch was forcing his way through defenses. Now, Seattle demands a lot of attention be placed on both their run and their pass. It is difficult to stop both.
Ultimately, Wilson is a very good quarterback, but he is not anything extremely special. He most likely will not have the career of a Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, or perhaps even Colin Kaepernick. Wilson was fortunate to fall into an incredible situation. Defenses will soon start to figure him out better. Perhaps San Francisco’s will this week.