When you think about elite quarterbacks in the NFL, you think about guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and maybe even Joe Flacco now that he has a Super Bowl ring. Last year we saw rookie quarterbacks take the league by storm. Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts led his team to the playoffs, and Robert Griffin III did the same thing for the Washington Redskins.
However, neither of those two was able to win a playoff game. The only rookie quarterback to win in the postseason was Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, arguably the best rookie of the bunch.
Wilson threw 26 touchdowns passes, tying the single-season rookie record set by Peyton Manning. The rookie threw for 3,118 yards and completed an incredible 64.1 percent of his passes. In my mind Wilson’s ability to throw efficiently and the fact that he won a playoff game makes him the best out of the three first-year quarterbacks.
Wilson does not have the hype of Griffin III or Luck, but he is the better signal caller. But does this distinction make Wilson an elite quarterback?
I can’t say at this point in his career that Wilson is an elite quarterback. He cannot be compared to guys that are obviously elite like Brady, the Manning brothers or even Flacco; he just doesn’t does not have any of the accolades that the other quarterbacks have.
I can say that if Wilson continues to have success in the postseason and eventually is able to win a Super Bowl, then he would be considered elite. But not yet.