Thursday, October 4, 2012
Jaws: Wilson's height holding him back
By Mike Sando
Ron Jaworski's updated quarterback rankings contain observations for all 32 starters through four games.
What he said about Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson, who stands under 5-foot-11, stood out. A sampling:
"When I look at the tape, it is clear to me that Wilson must move in order to see his targets downfield. He can be effective when he gets his passing lanes, but as soon as he has to move, it disrupts the timing and rhythm of the offense -- the cornerstones of the NFL game. We will see a few big plays from him and he definitely has a live arm, but I just think his size will always hurt him."
Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who calls the Seahawks' games for radio and spoke with Wilson on the team flight back from St. Louis, supported the quarterback in strong terms during a recent interview with 710ESPN Seattle.
"If you want to get the most out of Russell Wilson, get him more involved in what you're doing offensively, let him throw the football, let him play-action, let him get outside, let him do some of those things that he does best, that he was doing in the preseason," Moon said. "They're not doing that right now."
Also from Moon: "I think Russell Wilson's going to be OK. I just think people need to relax a little bit, don't push the panic button. Let's see where we go this week. I think he's going to come back and play very strong, I really do."