Including Playoffs, Russell Wilson Is The Best Rookie QB Ever

By Raphael Haynes
January 13, 2013 11:50 pm
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Once every 10-15 years the NFL is blessed with a quarterback that has that "It" factor. The "It" factor is a bonafide leader, a "Don't worry about it fellas I got us" player, that rare ability that can't be taught but take every game serious like he's playing for a starting job. 

You know that player when you first see him, its just something about him that says winner. For example Dan Marino had an excellent rookie year. He started 9 games with a 7-2 record, 2210 passing yards, 20 TDs with only 6 picks and a 96.0 quarterback rating. Everybody knew he was going to be great. But when you saw John Elway for the first time you knew it was something about him that made him more than great, he was special. 

In the past, the trend started with Johnny Unitas then Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, John Elway, Brett Farve, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and now Russell Wilson.  Russell Wilson is one rookie that showcased his uncanny ability all year long. There were other rookies quarterbacks that were hype up and lived up to the hype like Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. Both stellar quarterbacks led their team into the playoffs but came out empty handed.

Wilson on the other hand faced RG3 in the playoffs and was down 14-0 in the second quarter on the road. Yes I know RG3 was hurt but we also have to factor in that he doesn't play defense either. Wilson catapulted his team to 24 unanswered points to give him his first playoff win.  This isn't his first big time comeback win of his career. He also had three comebacks against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and most impressive of all, Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field. 

This past Sunday he took his team into a hostile environment in the Georgia Dome. Wilson displayed his greatness and made non believers believe that he is the truth against the Atlanta Falcons.  Down 27-7 in the fourth quarter he led his team back with a would be game winning drive that ended in a touchdown with 31 seconds left in the game to give them a 28-27 lead. Unfortunately Atlanta amazingly drove down and kicked a 49 yard field goal to only leave Seattle and the football world heart broken to see the end of what could have been the greatest run ever. Wilson finished the game with 386 passing yards, his first 300-yard passing game of the season. 

Although in defeat, Wilson showed he is undoubtedly the most amazing rookie QB that has played the game. Down 27-7 in the 4th quarter on the road in the Divisional round playoffs and he carries his team on his back  to take the lead! His coach Pete Carrol is quoted after the game saying "It's unheard of for rookies to do something like that. He ain't a rookie. .... I can't imagine how he can get better".

The young phenom has the poise of a Joe Montana. He takes the game seriously like a Peyton Manning. After a big win in the regular season Carroll gave the team an extra off day until Wednesday. After everybody celebrated Wilson told every rookie that he expects them there on Monday to look at film.  Have you ever heard of a rookie QB doing that? A student of the game, he lives in the film room. After being asked does he ever get nervous after his first playoff win, he answers "I never get nervous when I'm prepared".  

In all due respect to the wide outs of Seattle, he has average receivers who have stepped up their game because he inspires them to. He doesn't have the luxury of having the "Mark Brothers", Marvin Harrison, or Sterilng Sharpe as receivers. As I stated before in one of my past articles, I believe he will be the first one that will lead his team into the Super Bowl out of the 2012 quarterback rookie class.

If there is anybody who deserves credit for the success of the Seattle Seahawks then it is Pete Carroll. He was the first to see that his young raw quarterback was special and had the "It" factor. We all got to see him morph into an incredible superstar before our eyes.  I advise you to start setting your DVR or VCR if you're behind the times because quarterbacks like this doesn't grow on trees.

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21 months ago
Wilson deserves ROY more than Luck and RG3 for sure. He was picked as a backup and took his job in Seahawks camp.
21 months ago

Yeah he does, and I think he had more pressure because he could have be yanked quickly vs the other two were locked in no matter what happened. I honestly think he had the best rookie year of all time including the playoffs!
21 months ago
Raphael-that's a great article. I never thought about it before, but I agree with your conclusions. Looking back now, we still talk more about Marino's and Mannings (Peyton) rookie stats, and we still have to lean more on their stats than their success in the PO's. For the most part, a majority of the other guys you mention have had way more success in the PO's-(Unitas, Bradshaw, Elway, Favre, Brady).
21 months ago

It was just something about them that made you go, you don't want to face them in a must win game!
21 months ago
As for Wilson, again I agree with you but I would say Joe Flacco is a very close 2nd when including PO's.
21 months ago

Agreed, Flacco has proved he is the truth and he keeps getting plummeted for no reason. He is a close second, although he went further his defense had a lot to do with it vs Wilson putting his team on his back!
21 months ago

To an extent, yes. But I still have trouble with the thought that a QB just can't lose a PO game if his defense is very good. He can still play bad enough to help them lose, or he can play good enough to help them win, IMO. A majority of the time, Flacco is doing the latter.
21 months ago

right because remember 2010 when he had Baltimore up like 31-7 or something like that! or even last year. But for a rookie just to flat out carry a team on its back is amazing!! Even the lost he did everything you want a superstar QB to do after struggling.... and thats put your team on your back and put them in the position to win the game.
21 months ago
Raphael, good job and smart adding the research numbers behind guys like Montana & Marino. We tweeted about some of this last week; I still see Wilson as being 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting. Your comment actually is the why "There were other rookies quarterbacks that were hype up and lived up to the hype like Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck." Because those guys were taken #1 & #2 in the draft, both on teams with loosing records last season (6-10 Redskins; 2-14 Colts). And coming into this season had low expectations, and not great (just ok) talent on either team. To do what both guys did, put up the numbers they each did and both making the playoffs (Redskins winning their division), in other words, as you put it, both lived up to the hype. That will seal the deal in the voters minds. But make no mistake, you are on point about how good Russell Wilson is and honestly with his defense (they are young) being as good as they are, it does stand to reason that his team is in the Super Bowl before Luck & RG111. GT
21 months ago

Thanks for reading my article. I really think that he matured the most because he went through adversity. But All three are spectacular
21 months ago

Hey not to mention he beat out a high priced free agent in Matt Flynn
21 months ago
Great article. The underdog aspect of Wilson is very appealing and the fact he wasn't "handed" the starting job like RG3 and Luck is the most impressive of all. But I do believe Andrew Luck deserves the award due to the lack of talent he had around him. He took a really bad team and got them into the playoffs. At least Wilson had a great defense and a great supporting ground game behind him. He had more talent around him. Great article and very informative. Do you not think so Raphael?
21 months ago

Thanks for reading my article. I think all three are deserving but as far as a QB I think Luck struck gold because he had a veteran in Reggie Wayne and his former TE from college in Fleener. RG3 had Garcon and a veteran in Santana Moss. Wilson receiving core is worse than the other two. Now as far as wins Luck didn't have a running back but RG3 and Wilson did. I just based mine on stats, situational wins and leadership. Nut I honestly think Wilson os the best rookie QB of all time
21 months ago
Everybody say all this and discounts the fact that RG3 and the skins were left for dead and won 7 straight and a NFC East title. Sorry I have RG3 for Rookie Of The Year over both of these dudes. If RG3 did not rally back. It is Wilson. Dont diminish the Division championship after a 3-6 start.
21 months ago

Thats a good point James. I think of the three Wilson matured the most because he dealt with adversity the most. If you look at his wins and who he won against and how he did it, that puts him ahead of all three. RG3 deserves rookie of the year but I think because of the playoff run and how he won and put his team in position to win on the road, It makes Wilson best rookie QB ever!
21 months ago
well my hawks lost oh well, but i blame carol for the loss becouse if he had'nt called time out the hawks would have won by a point, i just beleave they could have kept the falcons out of the end zone with 31 seconds let?
21 months ago

Yeah it was unfortunate how the Seahawks loss that game
21 months ago
But do you give RW3 more credit for beating the Redakins or the all most comeback against Atlanta?
21 months ago

Wilson? Probably Atlanta because the environment was more hostile and he was down 27-7 in the 4th quarter! Rookie or no rookie I have to see if thats ever been done before! Down 20 in the 4th in a playoff game!!! Thats incredible especially when you brought your team back from 14 down on the road last playoff game.! What do you think?
21 months ago
Great article Raphael! I have to agree with the best rookie of all time, the kid came out a did what he had to do in the post-season, but he didnt show an ounce of fear out there the entire season. Very impressed with this kid!

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