We all remember last year, with Luck and Griffin going 1 and 2. It was the storyline of the season, then Russel Wilson came in and tried to steal the show. But it always felt like Wilson was kinda like the Independent Party with Luck and Griffin as Republicans and Democrats- everyone seemed to like him, but you'd never actually vote for him. It was well documented over the off season that Wilson would very likely suffer a "sophomore slump," etc.
I don't want to sound like the typical Seattle fan complaining about our guys not getting enough respect, but last season, Wilson managed to play himself into discussion with Luck and RGIII, but never really got much credit for possibly being better than either of those. I was doing my daily check of NFL.com to check out some fantasy football stats, when a headline about Luck and Newton carrying bad offenses. I figured it was gonna be another one of those articles fanboy-ing over Luck, but clicked on it anyway. It talked a little about the Colts' and Panthers' offenses, and then documented that the young generation of quarterbacks (Luck, RGIII, Newton, and Kaepernick) have had some struggles here and there, but also praised them for doing good despite it.
It was at this point I realized that Wilson is not even included in that tireless argument about the young quarterbacks anymore. He has surpassed them. Now granted, the writer is Gregg Rosenthal, so I don't put too much stock into his words, but he ended his article with a ranking of the top 12 quarterbacks, and put them into groups. Peyton Manning got number one spot in a group by himself, but guess who was in the next group? Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and... You guessed it.... Russell Wilson. Our quarterback is being mentioned in the same group with two future Hall of Famers and another guy with an overall pretty great NFL career. Let that soak in.