The way Russell Wilson performed down the stretch last season and in the playoffs helped rip the Seattle Seahawks quarterback out of the hazy Pacific Northwest and into the national media spotlight. I firmly believe geography played a part in Robert Griffin III winning the NFL Rookie of the Year award last year that Wilson truly deserved, but the third-round pick can fully get his redemption with an MVP run in 2013.
Am I getting ahead of myself; Wilson but a second-year player?
Well let’s just throw out the threat of any “sophomore slump” befalling him, because it’s not real. As I wrote last fall, since 2004, no quarterback that has gone on to any major success (or any “good” quarterback) has regressed dramatically in their second year as starter. Good quarterbacks haven’t been hitting a sophomore slump; so if you believe in him then don’t consider a regression.
Wilson’s 2012 campaign saw a steady progression. According to Pro Football Focus, he registered the league’s fifth-highest Accuracy Percentage for the season and threw just five interceptions from Week 5 on. Between Week 16 and the divisional-round loss, he tossed eight touchdowns to two interceptions, including a Week 17 win against the San Francisco 49ers. His final playoff game takes the cake, leading the Seahawks on an incredibly rally with 385 yards passing.
Throw in another year of experience, the league’s most electric player in Percy Harvin and one of the league’s most sadistic coaches when his team is already well ahead in Pete Carroll, and you’ve got the recipe for an MVP candidate.