In the NFL, every line is big and the time you have is rarely more than three or four seconds. Another article on Football Outsiders lists the quickest and longest sacks each week. The longest is rarely longer than six seconds. A quarterback rarely has the time to make the progression he had in college; it’s just not possible.
Currently, Wilson is listed as the 31st quarterback in the league in QBR on ESPN's website, ahead of only Brandon Weeden. He’s completed 60% of his pass attempts, and had 60 completions in 100 attempts for 594 yards.
Against the Rams, in the first drive, Wilson threw for 40 yards, three first downs and led the team to a touchdown. For the rest of the game, he threw for 100 net yards and went 0-3 on third down pass attempts. Those attempts ended in 2 sacks and an interception.
I know at least some of you are thinking I’m anti-Wilson. That’s not true; I think he could be a good, even very good quarterback in the future.
What I am is a fan of winning now, something Pete Carroll always preaches. I haven’t seen anything that leads me to believe the key to that is playing Russell Wilson over Matt Flynn right now.
What I’m not saying is that Flynn is the answer or will be the next Aaron Rodgers. Anyone who thinks that probably chanted for Charlie Whitehurst.
What I am saying is that right now, the pass offense is stuck in reverse. It is the anchor that is sinking a team that has a chance to be great in every other category. How long can the rush offense be so high if teams know they can just stack the box and dare Seattle to throw? How could Flynn be any worse than what we have now on the field?
How long will the defense be able to hold strong when they are on the field again after another three and out? Even more, how long will they want to?
There is more to the passing game than just Wilson. Play-calling is questionable, at best. Golden Tate, for example, runs horrible routes at times. Wilson can’t change that. But every time I think about the passing offense, I keep going back to that article and those screen shots. They don’t lie; there is more blame for the quarterback in this than the other elements.