My IndieGoGo campaign asking for a lil' help is currently funded at 55%. If you wanna help get it too one-hundo that'd be nice but no pressure otherwise. I'm still going through and getting people's "Buy a Russell Wilson article" articles done through the preseason and here's another!
via Elliot Bigsworth: "How about Russell Wilson's 5 most ridiculous stats. Emphasis on ridiculous."
Hmmm. Well, I think these five facts (they are facts, but wrapped around many stats) are fairly ridic.
1. Two Super Bowls in first three years
Look, I don't want to cheat or oversimplify "five ridiculous stats," but come on ... That's pretty ridiculous. And yes, it sort of puts the credit to him and overlooks the fact that a lot of players on the Seahawks from 2013-2014 went to two Super Bowls, but this is just how it is in the NFL: The quarterback reigns.
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To be the first QB in NFL history to go to two Super Bowls in his first three seasons is extremely ridiculous. Take this into consideration:
Dan Marino went to his first Super Bowl in his second season, then never went to another. In fact, 1984 was the only time he won more than one playoff game in a single postseason in his career.
Brett Favre only went to two Super Bowls in his career.
Peyton Manning has gone to three in 17 seasons.
Drew Brees has gone once.
Warren Moon, Dan Fouts, and Philip Rivers have never gone.
Of course, I think these guys would have been more successful if they had a coach like Pete Carroll and one of the greatest defenses of all-time, but I also don't think Carroll and the whole Seattle team would have gone to either Super Bowl with Tarvaris Jackson, or Nick Foles, or even Ryan Tannehill. Wilson is a huge reason why these Super Bowls happened. Will he go to a third? We don't know that for sure, but history suggests that it's highly likely.
2. Russell Wilson has the second-highest passer rating of all-time
This is moreso a sign of that changing times, but on a minimum of 1,200 career attempts, Wilson's passer rating of 98.6 is the second-highest in NFL history behind Aaron Rodgers' ridiculous 106.0 rating. That's fairly ridiculous, no?
Maybe not as ridiculous as the fact that Rodgers has a monster lead of 7.4 points ahead of second place, but still pretty ridiculous. I think the fact that Tony Romo is third and Chad Pennington is 13th may throw people off that it's not that meaningful, but I think it's still quite striking. Besides, Romo is a really great quarterback and Pennington, while not great, could have had a much more meaningful career if not for injuries.
As time passes, will Wilson give up passer rating points for things like yards and touchdowns in the way you might expect a guy like Brees to? Not necessarily. After all, Rodgers and Steve Young (5th all-time in passer rating) only improved in that area as their careers progressed.
Wilson posted a career-low passer rating of 95 last season (which is higher than many others career-high), but with Jimmy Graham in the fold, it would not at all surprise me to see Wilson push over 110 at some point. If Foles can do it ...
3. Wilson has the second-highest winning percentage for a QB in NFL history
It's early yet, just 48 games into his career, but Wilson's 36-12 record and .750 winning percentage is the second-highest in NFL history behind Tom Brady's unreal .766. Brady has a career record of 160-49, which is just unfair. Wait ... unfair. Brady. Brady. Unfair. Cheating. Tom Cheater Cheater Lobster Eater Brady?
Can't be true ...
In all seriousness, Brady's career record is fairly astounding when you consider that he's started 209 times in the regular season and still wins more than three-quarters of the time.
Number three is former Raiders' QB Daryl Lamonica at .741.
Number four is Roger Staubach at .718.
Number five is Joe Montana at .702.
This is also something that can be attributed to a team effort, also something that could go down as time passes (though for Brady, it only went up after three seasons), but it also very, very ridiculous.
4. Wilson has the highest Y/A in postseason history
One place where Wilson starts to stack up (a little bit) in terms of attempts, therefore making him closer to equal with his counterparts, is the playoffs. His 202 career postseason attempts is not "a lot" when you put them up against the 1,085 attempts of Brady or the 935 attempts by Manning in the playoffs, but it's a lot more than plenty of quarterbacks. It's about the same number of career playoff attempts as Bart Starr, Joe Theismann, and Bob Griese. A few more postseasons and he'll be right up there with most great QBs.
Well, thus far his 9.01 Y/A is the highest in postseason history. It's well ahead of second-place Kurt Warner's 8.55. Only seven QBs, including Wilson, are above an 8.0 Y/A in the playoffs.
It sucks that Wilson had four interceptions against the Packers or his passer rating would probably be tops too but it seemed like he was just cursed that day. Probably better that he got the win, at least.
5. Wilson and Young
Only two QBs in NFL history have rushed for 500 yards, had at least 7.0 yards per carry, and a passer rating of at least 95 in the same season: Russell Wilson and Steve Young.
To be fair, Michael Vick's 2010 season with the Eagles (676 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 6.8 YPC, passer rating of 100.2) was pretty fucking amazing, but I set a standard at 7 YPC when I sorted these numbers out and so it shall stand. And Vick is not Young, nor is he Wilson.
It's interesting that we don't compare Wilson to Young. Is it because Young was white? Is it because he played in an era from 20 years ago and we tend to look back more fondly than we look at the present? It's possible but it's probably not that simple. I mean, as much as I'd like to say that Wilson is to the NFL of 2014 as Young was to 1992, that's just not true.
In 1992, Young led the NFL in completion percentage, touchdowns, Y/A, AY/A, passer rating, and was also a serious threat as a runner. And the 49ers went 14-2, though they fell short of the Super Bowl. Then he led them in all of those categories in 1994, and also all of them in 1993, save for completion percentage.
Relative to the other QBs of his time, Young was on another level in the way that Rodgers is today. So what does that leave for Wilson?
Well, it's all still pretty good. After all, Favre won three MVPs in a row in the mid-90s while Young was on fire. There's plenty of room in the NFL for a number of quarterbacks to transcend. To be other-worldly. Quite frankly, to be ...