Wednesday, January 9, 2013
QBR ranks: Imagine if Wilson plays well
By Mike Sando
Russell Wilson has won over Mike & Mike , inspired a look into his baseball past and convinced some that being the last rookie standing in the playoffs makes him the best one.
Not bad for a guy coming off arguably his worst game since Week 7.
Wait, didn't the Seattle Seahawks' rookie quarterback lead his team to a 24-14 playoff victory over the Washington Redskins in the wild-card round?
Well, sort of. Wilson made positive contributions, impressing those who have watched mostly from afar to this point. The visuals were all there: Wilson flipping a touchdown pass to fullback Michael Robinson, Wilson running interference downfield so his running back could gain additional yardage, Wilson firing downfield strikes to Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice.
If tight end Anthony McCoy hadn't dropped a pass deep in Redskins territory, Seattle might have fared better than its 1-of-6 showing in the red zone.
On the whole, however, this performance from Wilson was hardly consistent with the ones that separated him from Robert Griffin III and made him second to Peyton Manning in Total QBR from Week 8 through regular season's end.
Wilson completed 2 of 7 passes in the red zone. He fumbled in Seattle territory while trailing 14-3 and was fortunate teammate Marshawn Lynch made a one-handed recovery. Wilson also took five sacks, including three on third down, when his QBR score was 2.1, down from a league-leading 89.5 from Week 8 through Week 17.
In the video above, I put the performance into recent historical perspective (since 2008) while suggesting what it could mean for Seattle against Atlanta in the divisional round Sunday.