Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Realistic Expectations for Russell Wilson

By Todd Pheifer
Steven Bisig – USA TODAY Sports

There is reason for optimism heading into the 2013 NFL season, but fans must remember one thing before they get ahead of themselves: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson can’t do everything. Optimism is great, but a hopeful attitude cannot force a certain outcome.

Chances are there have been some overly optimistic sentiments at some point during the offseason. Percy Harvin is gone for at least half the season? No problem. We have Wilson.

Sidney Rice is getting treatment on his knee in Switzerland? No problem. We have Wilson.

The ‘Hawks still have to overcome a tough schedule and the looming foe San Francisco 49ers? No problem. We have…well, you know.

Obviously, there is reason for optimism. Wilson had a great rookie year (3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns). Wilson defied all the critics and proved that height is overrated. Wilson is a great guy, a film junkie and a player who is driven to succeed.

All good things. All things that may indeed contribute to a season that lives up to the hype. That said, enthusiasm must be kept somewhat in check.

Wilson is still a second-year quarterback. Second-year quarterbacks can have slumps as they take the next step of their development in the NFL. Other teams will adjust to Wilson’s style, and he may have some struggles.

Obviously, the optimistic fan will assume that Wilson is immune to the dreaded “sophomore slump.” This may be the case, but it should not be assumed that Wilson is going to magically coast through the season.

The ability of Wilson to succeed in 2013 will obviously be a result of his ability, but the Seahawks still need to protect their young quarterback. This is why the current battle at right and left guard will be so important.

The NFL is an unforgiving league. Seattle may have a very special season, and Russell Wilson may lead the way to Super Bowl victory. However, it will not be easy.

Wilson is good, but he is not a superhero…yet.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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