Russell Wilson struggled to lead the Seahawks against a Rams team struggling with major injuries. Are the Seattle QB’s best days behind him?
Saturday wasn’t a banner day for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson was far from his best as Seattle somehow managed to lose in the NFL wildcard round to the Rams despite Los Angeles’ injury woes.
With a costly pick-six and just 174 yards on 40 percent passing, Wilson will have to carry his share of the blame for the latest postseason disappointment.
The unfortunate question now looms over Wilson’s head: Have we seen the best of him?
Russell Wilson is fighting an uphill battle with the Seahawks.
Wilson has been one of the league’s most consistently productive quarterbacks over the last decade. Since arriving in 2012, he has made it to seven Pro Bowls, including the vote for this season.
In 2020, he threw 40 touchdowns and racked up 4,212 yards passing with 513 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.
Still, Wilson and the Seahawks seem to be stuck in place. Even as the quarterback put up outstanding regular-season numbers, it didn’t make a difference in the postseason.
That’s not to say the blame rests squarely on Wilson’s shoulders. The Seahawks have not given him the support he needs on either side of the ball.
The defense gave up 131 yards to Rams running back Cam Akers, allowing L.A. to take the focus off their battered and bruised quarterback lineup.
Wilson’s offensive line was improved this season, but they were no match for the Rams pass rush. he was sacked five times and chased constantly.
It’s not like L.A. did anything exotic or complex to flummox the Seahawks. The standard rush was sufficient enough to disrupt the offense.
Russell Wilson completed only 8-of-18 passes against the Rams' standard pass rush (44.4%) for 130 yards 2 TD and an INT.
Despite the TD passes, Wilson's 44.4% completion rate against standard pressure was his lowest in a game since 2017 Week 15 against the Rams (44.0%). pic.twitter.com/ma5ZeKOj6o
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 10, 2021
The concerning thing is how Wilson let the rush get to him. He’s had to deal with pressure and kept his head in the past. This time, he had the lowest completion percentage over expectations of his career, per Seth Walder of ESPN Analytics.
That doesn’t bode well for Wilson’s future.
The Seahawks are learning the hard way that Wilson alone can’t carry this team much longer. Maybe more is yet to come from Wilson, but only if the Seattle franchise puts him on their shoulders for a change.