The Seattle Seahawks pulled off one of the most unlikely seasons in NFL history in 2012, but they’re likely to be even better in 2013. This was a 7-9, non-playoff team in 2011 that had no direction and no future. Then Seattle brought in Matt Flynn for a truckload of money only to start third-round pick Russell Wilson instead. Hindsight is 20-20, but that was arguably the best decision Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has ever made.
Wilson was told he was too small to play quarterback in the NFL, but he looked to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (also short by NFL standards) for inspiration and found more than he could have imagined.
We like to say “I told you so” here at Rant Sports, so I’ll take that opportunity now. I ranked Wilson as the fourth-best quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft behind Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden and Kirk Cousins. Although most believe the jury is still out on Weeden and Cousins, it’s not and people won’t think that way for long.
Wilson is the real deal. He’s Tim Tebow with a brain and arm like Brees. In other words, he’s a great fit to date your daughter (although he’s already married) and he can flat out play football.
Carroll obviously noticed this in training camp because Wilson was named the Seahawks’ starting quarterback well before opening day, which means the competition wasn’t even close considering what Seattle is paying Flynn.
The best part is Wilson is just getting started. The day after losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs, Wilson already started watching film on how he can improve for 2013. He’s got seven months to prepare, so watch out for RW3 next year.