Peter King of Sports Illustrated says that Wilson is showing improvement each week. King: “When Seattle GM John Schneider picked Wilson 75th overall, he was privately chided by his peers for picking Wilson too high. He’s too small (5-foot-11), football people said; he won’t be able to take the punishment of the pro game, and his arm’s just okay. It’s only six games, of course, and anything can happen, and he’s had a couple of games of shaky decision-making. But that throw to Rice, 57 yards in the air and exactly on target, with a game against the three-time Super Bowl champions on the line, shows why Schneider made a great draft pick.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that there’s no more quarterback controversy with the Seahawks – Wilson has earned the starting for the foreseeable future. Brewer: “What did 293 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 13-point comeback in the last seven minutes and 21 seconds do for Wilson? It should close the door on the weekly conversation about whether he’s the right starting quarterback for the Seahawks.
“ Don’t lock the door and throw the keys into the Puget Sound just yet. Just close it. Get rid of the draft. When you examine Wilson’s performance over the past two weeks, his remarkable progress shows he is rewarding the Seahawks for their patience. He’s no longer the befuddled young quarterback that he was in the first four games. He’s graduating from game manager to game influencer. He has thrown for 514 yards the past two games. He threw for only 594 in his first four.”
Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes an in-depth profile on Russell Wilson and his journey to the NFL.
In my story today, Russell Wilson’s scrambling ability helped Seattle create more explosive plays on Sunday. “It was definitely an emphasis coming into the week,” said Seattle receiver Sidney Rice, who caught the winning touchdown on a 46-yard pass play. “We wanted to work on our scrambling drills. Those are huge opportunities. And we hit a couple of big ones.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando focuses on Wilson’s ability to strike deep down the field.
Tom Brady avoided a war of words with Richard Sherman. You can check out the full transcript here. Brady: “He’s a very good player and I have a lot of respect for that defense and certainly that secondary. They play very well together. My dad taught me at a young age to play with class and respect and give my opponents respect, and certainly I have a lot of respect for the Seahawks.”
On if he feels Sherman is giving him the respect he deserves:
“My dad also told me to worry about the things that I can control and certainly not worry about the things that I can’t. And I really don’t have feelings either way toward what someone may say or think. Really, what’s important is how I feel. We went out and we played a very good team on the road and had an opportunity to win there in the fourth quarter and just didn’t take advantage of it.”
Russell Wilson appeared on the NFL Network to talk about his team’s win over New England in this video link.
Robert Mays of Grantland pays respect to Seattle’s defense. Mays: “Seattle’s win over Green Bay will always be remembered for how it ended, but Golden Tate and the replacement referees had nothing to do with the Seahawks only giving up 12 points. Coming into yesterday’s game, they were the league’s no. 1 unit in terms of total yardage, and the 23 points scored by New England is the most given up by Seattle all season. With its 4-0 start, Arizona was the NFC West defense that garnered all the praise early on, but it’s the Seahawks who might rival even the 49ers on that side of the ball. Seattle’s defense looks like something from the future.”
Cold Hard Football Facts states the obvious – Wilson abused New England’s weak secondary.
And the Mike Holmgren appears to be headed out of Cleveland with the sale of the Browns final, according to this ESPN report.