Not many people expected big things from Russell Wilson in 2012. I mean, why would they, right? He was too short to play quarterback in the NFL. Still, the Seattle Seahawks took a flier on him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and gave him the opportunity to prove doubters wrong.
In 2012, Wilson did just that. Now, heading into 2013, expectations will be sky-high for Wilson as he attempts to get the Seahawks back to the playoffs. In order to do that, though, there are a couple of areas that he’ll need to improve on in order to keep opposing defenses at bay.
Believe me when I say that it takes some nitpicking to find flaws in Wilson’s game. Despite being only a rookie in 2012, the former Wisconsin quarterback had the position down to a science. With tremendous accuracy inside the hashes, outstanding pocket presence, good ball security and a unique grasp for the game, Wilson looked like a seasoned veteran rather than a rookie.
Still, in taking a closer look at his overall performance, there are a couple areas that could use some improvement.
First, Wilson needs to do a better job of being more accurate when he throws outside the hashes. There were several instances in 2012 where deeper, lengthier passes sailed on the rookie. On top of that, there were a number of throws that Wilson simply shouldn’t have made. The Seahawks gunslinger occasionally made ill-advised passes outside the hashes, including a couple where he threw across his body from one side of the field to the other. Although he has proven himself to be a phenomenal game manager and decision maker, those types of throws need to be stricken from his repertoire.
Second, the youngster needs to do a better job of getting rid of the ball when the pressure is on. Wilson may have avoided an astronomical amount of sacks in 2012 – only 33 to be exact – but he does have a tendency to hang on too long. If nothing is there, Wilson needs to learn to dump the ball out of bounds instead of risking a costly sack by waiting for someone to open up.
Apart from those two things, there isn’t much else he can work on that won’t come with time and experience. Wilson was the epitome of consistency throughout the 2012 season, and has quickly emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Robert Griffin III may have won the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, but Wilson was easily the best rookie quarterback throughout the season. Even Andrew Luck could learn a thing or two from the Seahawks’ franchise passer.