That pretty much disables our ability to compare him (or any other 2011 rookie QB, since Newton topped them all) to what we saw from Wilson’s draftmates this past season. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all led their clubs to the postseason in their rookie campaigns. They did so after each of their organizations missed the playoffs the prior season. Let’s take a look at how the three stacked up as rookies this past season. 2012 Rookie Quarterback Comparisons 76.5 Statistically, RGIII had the best season, and it isn’t even that close. By those standards, his rookie performance trumps any in the history of the league. The Baylor product also helped Washington improve a great deal on the offensive side of the ball. The Redskins ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring offense (27.3 PPG) a year after finishing 26th in that category (18.0). On the other side of the ledger, Luck struggled with turnovers (23 total) and completed only 54 percent of his passes. Wilson’s postseason performance, first against Washington and then Atlanta, is what set him apart from the rest of the rookie class. He tallied 699 total yards and four touchdowns compared to just one interception. Wilson also nearly led Seattle back in an amazing comeback effort against the Falcons in the divisional round. In total, he put up 445 yards and three scores in that game. That’s the biggest indicator of success moving forward: the ability to play like that on the road in the postseason as a rookie. The Seahawks offense picked up steam toward the latter part of the season. Where it seemed the plan was to protect Wilson early in the season, the coaching staff showed more confidence in him as things progressed. That’s the best possible way to handle a young quarterback in the NFL. Wilson responded. Seattle averaged 34 points and 400 yards per game in their final seven outings of the regular season.
Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson embracing Seahawks’ expectations
When we handle it well, we’re going to be really good.” Carroll has reason to believe his players will be able to deal with the pressure in part because of his belief in his 24-year-old quarterback, Russell Wilson. Only a year ago, Wilson was a rookie drafted in the third round, and it was only late in voluntary workouts and at the minicamp in June that he started showing flashes that he might make the competition with Matt Flynn for the starting job an interesting one. PERCY HARVIN: He’s leaving the drama in Minnesota After winning the job and leading the Seahawks to a wild-card berth and a playoff win over the Washington Redskins (before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs), Wilson is poised to become the face of the Seahawks franchise for the foreseeable future. Last fall, Wilson would subtly tell teammates he was doing extra film study sessions. Now, they just show up with him. Carroll canceled the final practice of OTAs last week, but a group of wide receivers and tight ends lingered at the facility, delaying their weekends, to catch some passes from Wilson. “They want to learn as much as they can. We have this itch to be great,” Wilson told USA TODAY Sports.
When Russell Wilson is at Safeco, the Mariners don’t lose (Updated: Wrong!)
They will know whatever flaws didn’t emerge in the way Seattle handled him last year. They will be waiting to exploit them every time he lines up under center. Win McNamee/Getty Images Wilson’s Seahawks beat Robert Griffin III’s Redskins in a wild-card game last season. The good news here is that neither laziness nor lack of preparation will be Wilson’s undoing. Even the notion of relaxing in the weeks leading up to training camp seemed strange to him. “I’ll rest later,” Wilson said. “You guys have to remember that I played two sports most of my life [football and baseball].
Russell Wilson: I won’t decline as Seattle Seahawks’ QB
I don’t see him tumbling down the list. Rosey pegged Andrew Luck at No. 1 and named Luck his candidate for a breakout sophomore season. It’s hard to battle that thinking. Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson all stand a chance of improving on what they accomplished last season. The same goes for Ryan Tannehill on the Miami Dolphins and Brandon Weeden on the Cleveland Browns . Again, this potentially will go down as the most dynamic quarterback class of our lifetime. But Wilson gets my vote as the surest bet heading into Year 2. He’s a natural leader and tireless worker, prompting Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to say: “His preparation, his habits, his concern and his focus is excellent.” There’s an anecdote about Wilson from last season that reveals a lot.
Colin Kaepernick first pitch: Video, GIF and just general entertainment value
Saturday, June 22, 2013 Colin Kaepernick first pitch: Video, GIF and just general entertainment value By David Fucillo SBNation.com Well, Russell Wilson , how ’bout them apples? A few weeks after Russell Wilson hit 75 mph on the Seattle Mariners radar gun, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took it up a notch, hitting 87 mph on his first pitch to Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo . I can actually confirm that number thanks to a friend of mine who works with the Giants scoreboard crew. Kap threw out the first pitch at Friday’s Giants- Marlins game, and I have to imagine he set a record for first pitch speed. The folks at MLB.com were kind enough to post some embeddable video of the first pitch. Hopefully the NFL will some day join MLB in providing embeddable video. Your browser does not support iframes.
Russell Wilson throws out first pitch at Mariners-Yankees game
This is my childhood right here. I used to play baseball all the time.” Childhood? More like his entire life except for the last two years. I don’t want to make it a whole thing, but Wilson bolted baseball while with the Asheville Tourists (the Rockies Single-A team), wanting to give the NFL dream one more chance. Tom O’Brien, then the coach at NCSU, gambled on two years of Mike Glennon (who likely would’ve transferred if Russell returned for a season) over one year of Wilson (who still kind of wanted to play baseball too). It’s infinitely more complicated than that, but the long and short of it is the decision worked out pretty well for Wilson … not so well for O’Brien. But I digress.
For Wilson, still plenty to prove after stellar debut
Ive been to 12 they havent lost since last year until now. They havent lost yet. I need to keep going. No kidding. At this rate, the Mariners should forget tinkering with their lineup and focus on a campaign to have Wilson ditch the Seahawks and become a full-time fan. Although, knowing Wilson, hed probably ditch the grandstands and crack a spot in the lineup. A former baseball player at North Carolina State and in the Colorado Rockies farm system, Wilson feared for Felix Hernandezs hand before the two Seattle sports icons hooked up last Friday as a battery for the ceremonial first pitch.
Russell Wilson faces new pressure
Now, just over a month before training camp, that same city seethed at the failure of a national columnist to include Wilson near the top of the NFL’s next generation of great quarterbacks. “Of all the young star quarterbacks coming off breakout seasons,” Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com wrote of Wilson, “he still has more to prove than any of his peers.” The fact that sentiment can inflame an entire city the way it did is testament to just how well Wilson played in December and January. That there are places in the rest of the country that remain unconvinced speaks to the skepticism that endures even into Wilson’s second season. And before we dive into the specifics of the argument, let’s pause for a moment and recognize how great it is for Seattle in general, and Wilson in particular, to have a place at the table in this debate. For the first time in more than five years, there is no doubt about this franchise’s quarterback of the future. The only question is how good Wilson is going to be, and for as much faith as he inspired in this city last season, there remain the unconverted who will point to other circumstances to explain the team’s success. You know the song by now: Wilson averaged only 25 passes per game last season, reaping the benefit of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league and playing in an offense that ran it more often than all but one team in the league. And don’t forget, Wilson still stands 5 feet, 10 and 5/8 inches. All of that is true.