In just his second year as the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson faces high expectations, which is a far cry from last season. At this time last year, Wilson was simply expected to be the backup quarterback in case anything should happen to the likely starter Matt Flynn. Wilson has never been one to just settle for second, so he subsequently went and won the starting job as a rookie. That still wasn’t good enough for him though, as he went on to lead the Seahawks to the playoffs with an 11-5 record as a starter.
Wilson’s incredible, breakout rookie year has put both him and his team in the national spotlight for the first time in years and even has fans around Seattle buzzing about the possibility of a Super Bowl. In the playoffs last season, Wilson put the Seahawks in position to beat the Atlanta Falcons on the road, but the defense couldn’t close things out in the final 31 seconds. If they’d been able to do that, the Seahawks would have faced the San Francisco 49ers (a team they had trounced 42-13 just weeks prior) in the NFC Championship game.
This year, Wilson has even more weapons at his disposal offensively, and if he properly utilizes them, the Seahawks could have one of the most dynamic offenses in the entire league. The addition of the versatile playmaker Percy Harvin really opens things up for this offense and should allow Wilson to be more creative and improvise smoothly within the offense.
Russell Wilson will be looked upon to do what very few second-year players can which is lead an NFL locker room. If he can continue to run the read-option offense with the same efficiency as last season and keep this team (which has certainly had its share of issues off the field lately) focused and driven, then I can most definitely see the Seahawks making a big run into the playoffs this season.
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