I watched a game last night where the Quarterback play was as high as I have ever seen in any football game. I watched two Quarterbacks make throws no other Quarterbacks can make. At the end of the day I wondered why the Quarterback that played the best in that game, Russell Wilson, was not in the consideration for NFL MVP, but the man who lost in Patrick Mahomes was? Russell Wilson was never your prototypical Quarterback: he was too short, his arm wasn’t strong enough–the reasons he would never play well in the NFL were far too many to name.
With all that, said seven seasons later and Russell Wilson has guided his team to two Super Bowls, winning one. On top of that, if Pete Carroll just hands the ball to Marshawn Lynch, Wilson would be a two-time champion. So why doesn’t Wilson get the respect the rookie Patrick Mahomes gets? The biggest reason I can think of is that he isn’t flashy, but if you watch Wilson play he is as spectacular as any Quarterback that has ever played football. Could it be a stats problem? Let’s take a look?
Let’s start off by looking at who is considered the leading candidate and I think most people would believe that to be the New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. I think Brees will probably win it because he hasn’t yet and his opportunities to win it are dwindling. Truth be told, I would have no problem with him winning it.
Next up, let’s look at Kansas City Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who is in his first year as the Chiefs starting Quarterback. Mahomes has had a spectacular season also, but the advantage is the weapons at his disposal, which are far superior to what Russell Wilson has. I think that can be equaled out by Wilson’s team having a defense.
The Darkhorse to me would be Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck, who should easily win the Comeback Player of the Year. The killer for Luck would be the shutout loss a couple of weeks ago to the Jaguars, plus the interception total is just too big.
Now let us look at Wilson’s stats compared to the others?
When you look at just stats Mahomes and Brees look to be the most impressive, but MVP is about more than stats. Wilson does not have a bunch of studs to throw to but Doug Baldwin has turned into a stud and Tyler Lockett is improved. The Seahawks offensive line still has issues and this to me is one of the bigger differences–Luck, Brees and Mahomes are rolling with three of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Wilson has an amazing pocket presence and he runs only when necessary. He also throws the best deep ball I have ever seen.
Overall, if the winner of this award is Mahomes or Brees I have no problem with it because they have had a season that would deserve it. For my money though, the best Quarterback in the NFL right now is Russell Wilson and I think it’s sad that even when he outplays Mahomes the only thing you hear about is a throw that Mahomes made side armed earlier in the game. I’m just saying people, with Russell Wilson we are watching greatness, so make sure you don’t miss it!
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