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Has the NFC West figured out Russell Wilson?

December 27, 2013 • NFC West, Seattle Seahawks, Spiked Content

Article by Rasymandias

Russell Wilson has been the media darling of the young QBs who has benefited from a popular narrative emphasizing his unique combination of uninterrupted success as a passer and effectiveness in leading his team to one of the best records in the NFL. But in the past three weeks cracks have been exposed in the diminutive armor of the Lilliputian passer. In that span Wilson has  produced a dreadfully mediocre completion percentage (53.66 percent), scant passing yardage (171 yards), and an Alex Smith like yards per passing attempt (6.53) that screams game manager. Even worse is his poor passer rating (73) and horrendous QBR (36.23). Seattle’s offense has suffered as a result, averaging a pedestrian 16.7 points per game despite getting considerable help from the 10 turnovers generated by their top tier defense.

So what happened?

The New Scheme

In order to answer this question one has to look at his two performances against Arizona this 2013 season in order to make sense how defenses are scheming our undersized friend. In week 7 the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale by a score of 34-22. In that game Russell Wilson was the offensive star with a 18/29 day gave him 235 yards and 3 TDs for a sterling 122.1 passer rating and a slightly above average QBR of 58.0. Fast forward to week 16 and the very same Arizona defense which couldn’t stop Wilson held him to what was arguably his worst game as a professional as he wound up with his second-lowest completion percentage (40.74 percent), his lowest passing yardage (108 yards), and his lowest yards per passing attempt (4.0) in his career.

What accounted for this difference? How did Arizona’s defense, which was brutally torched by Wilson and the Seahawks the first game, come back to hold the Half Man to his worse NFL performance ever? The answer lies in the change of scheme. Arizona used a variation of a Pop Warner type 6-1-4 defensive scheme that hasn’t been prevalent in the NFL since the 1950s. The 2 OLBs were playing edge contain and the middle 4 DLs were staying tight inside, obstructing Wilson’s vision to slant and crossing routes while also shutting down escape up the middle to a large extent. Arizona’s secondary just manhandled Seattle’s WRs. I think Wilson was unable to see the middle routes with all of those bodies coming up the middle. They soundly beat Seattle’s offense.

Why Not Attack the Middle of the Field?

Seahawks fans complained about the playcalling, blaming Bevell for not dialing up plays that would attack the wide open middle of the field a 6-1-4 scheme creates when its implemented. But the problem is that its becoming very clear that Russell Wilson doesn’t seem to be comfortable looking down there when he’s contained in the pocket and the D-line is baring down on him. This info graphic of Wilson’s pass accuracy proves the point:

Does anyone notice how the middle of the field is left unattacked by Wilson beyond 10-15 yards?

The Running Game Problem

Another under reported problem for Wilson is the diminishing run attack around him and how this affects the play action pass game which is the bread and butter of Bevell’s passing attack. According to ESPN.com Marshawn Lynch has been averaging fewer than 4.0 yards per rush for the fifth straight week. Lynch entered Week 16 with a 3.2 yards per rush average that ranked 44th among 49 qualified rushers, and his performance offered only slight improvement. As a result Wilson completed 2-of-10 for 36 yards and an interception on play-action passes.

Conclusion

Will Wilson and Seattle’s offense recover in time to save their season? Only time will tell. With Lynch looking as if he is wearing down, Percy Harvin still healing from the tear in his vagina, and no room for lateral movement to buy time to pass on the scramble Wilson needs to pick it up. Because for now, Mighty Mouse has seemed very stoppable. This is especially so in the NFC West, where teams like the 49ers, Cardinals, and Rams have stout front 7 defenders who can created and collapse a pocket against Wilson:

Hawk fans.. you mad?

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helmethorns
helmethorns

Did you know only one team in NFL history ranked 26th or below in passing offense has ever gone to the super bowl?  Thats right the 1982 fins and they lost.  As of today Seattle is ranked 26th.

It's On Now
It's On Now

Who responded about having a big dick?

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

Yeah I'll take all of that over RW, and about everyone else except maybe 1 other QB.   -Scotti


If you think that is really special or impressive, you really need to re-evaluate what you think makes a good QB.  There are easily 12-15 QB's that are better than Kaepernick including RW.


Yes, he had a flash in the pan season in 2012 when nobody knew the read option and it was used to surprise some teams.  And it also helped that nobody had any real film on Kaepernick.   Once they did, he turned into a mediocre QB who can't read a defense or go beyond his 1st read very often.

DGdub
DGdub

I'm glad you guys like Kaep.. I know Hawks fans are happy with RW.. Should be fun for several years...

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

Holy crap.  You know you won the argument when someone brings up QBR.  LOL     I thought people were smarter than that here.

sc0tti - Blog Mayoral
sc0tti - Blog Mayoral moderator

i'll take a 29-11 career TD INT ratio

Career 70 QBR

Career winner

9 rushing TD's 6.0 AVG on only 153 rushes career

18-7 record

Has championship game and Superbowl experience


Yeah I'll take all of that over RW, and about everyone else except maybe 1 other QB.



blazed
blazed

scotti, mind removing a gif on nfc east. so i can keep my page up. gracias

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

"I'm so glad that the 49er's passed on Rodgers in the draft.   We wouldn't have Kaep if they drafted him vs. Smith."    -Scotti (this past offseason)

DGdub
DGdub

BMT & scOtti... That's a bad combination.... I see it's a Seahawk and RW love fest in here right now... :)

sc0tti - Blog Mayoral
sc0tti - Blog Mayoral moderator

Im gonna laugh so hard when the Hawks flame out because they have absolutely no championship game experience 

BMT -
BMT -

Wilson hates the middle ! That's why he married a guy

sc0tti - Blog Mayoral
sc0tti - Blog Mayoral moderator

I wasnt aware a bust would have a 2-1TD INT ratio and have an 11-4 record.

sc0tti - Blog Mayoral
sc0tti - Blog Mayoral moderator

There once was a commie fuckface scumbag named Ras

Who took all the bitch made hawk fans to class

Now it's no longer a riddle

Why Russ is afraid of the middle

Because Willow and the other midgets attack the flats



blazed
blazed

@Go Fuck Yourself  Kaep and Wilson both have some developing to do. I would say Wilson is ahead as a "quarterback" but nowhere near the "athlete" Kaep is. like to see Wilson with targets like Kaep has

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

@DGdub I doubt Kaep will be around as the Niners starting QB for RW's entire career.   They have to be looking to upgrade the position.

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

@sc0tti Go to the record when his performance is not the main reason.  Makes sense.   Defense and run game carries his mediocre QB play.

DGdub
DGdub

QBR... lol...

BMT -
BMT -

They won't make it past the wild card

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

@sc0tti Did you purposely not post TD's and yardage because you don't want to admit that he's not the playmaker you talked him up to be?  I'm sorry, but an 89 passer rating and 58% comp is not good.  And only 19 TD's.    That's very Cutler like.  You guys were talking him up to be better than Rodgers after last season.  What happened?

BMT -
BMT -

18-7 overall too

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

@sc0tti It's really a shame that Kaepernick turned out to be such a bust and Wilson ended up being 10x better than him.

JohnnyP31
JohnnyP31

Do you have any idea how small of a percentage the read option was last year for the 49ers?

Go Fuck Yourself
Go Fuck Yourself

@hopefully Romo is out for 2014 too So he got good coaching and then got bad coaching?  Last I checked Harbaugh was  former NFL QB who seems to be pretty good at coaching up QB's, if they have the talent.   It takes more than just athleticism.  

blazed
blazed

Kaepernick just needs some good coaching. ken dorsey did wonders for cam newton this year.

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Go Fuck Yourself

@sc0tti @DGdub Notice that the rating is falling ever since last year?  Defensive coordinators with game film to watch all off season is a killer sometimes.

BMT -
BMT -

And an NFC championship .. Same amount the Seattle franchise has