By Noah Boelter @DJSquabo, FTFN Seahawks writer
Without question, Russell Wilson is having one of the worst stretches in his entire career. Wilson has many games this year with multiple turnovers, and he has already tied his career-high number of interceptions on a season (11) with still 4 games left on the schedule. While it is still very possible for Russell Wilson to flip the script, and go without a turnover for the rest of the season, his candidacy in the MVP race from early in the season might already be out of reach… Which begs the question, what is WRONG with Russell Wilson?
The first thing that Russell Wilson has struggled with is holding the ball too long. In the past, Wilson has always been one to trust his receivers, showing fearless demeanor in the face of danger by throwing 50-50 balls that he believed his receiver would come down with (ask Malcolm Butler). Often, that is what happened… How many plays can you remember where Jimmy Graham, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, or DK Metcalf has come down with a 50-50 ball, making Wilson look like a genius! Those plays have dwindled as of late, with Wilson far too often opting to keep the ball himself, resulting in a sack. How can this be avoided? Get rid of the football!
Another issue that has slowed Russell Wilson as of late is his throwing accuracy… Balls seem to be sailing on him! Specifically, during our most recent loss to the Giants, even with receivers dropping multiple balls, Wilson was overthrowing his guys and making passes much more difficult than they needed to be! Russell nearly ended the game early by overthrowing DK Metcalf on the left sideline, before having an easy interception dropped out of bounds. Wilson needs to find his arm again.
The final thing on Wilson’s to-do list this week is to be more decisive with the football. This means take those shots on 50-50 balls, rather than holding it for a sack. Pull the trigger when you see a favorable 1 on 1 (DK vs ANYONE). Additionally, being more decisive means to roll-out earlier in the play, rather than waiting until he loses track of the rushers, resulting in a sack. Making the decision to roll-out pre-snap can be a great thing, and Wilson should incorporate this practice more often. With a receiving core like ours, its simply foolish to not trust our guys down the field. Give DK a reasonable ball, and if he does not catch it, nobody will.
While Wilson’s campaign for MVP might be over, if he turns things around, he can still lead Seattle to the most important goal of all… Winning a championship! Let’s just hope that Wilson agrees with my to-do list!
by Noah Boelter (@DJSquabo) Seahawks FTFN Writer