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Wilson's First Three Years Arguably the Best in NFL History


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When considering the totality of Russell Wilson's accomplishments, they truly are amazing. True, there are some QB's with more yards, or more TD's, etc., but Wilson is ranked in the top 5 or top 10 of a wide variety of stats over his first three years. One could easily say that overall, Wilson has had the best first three years of any QB in NFL history. Here are a few of his accomplishments:

 

- Wilson is the first QB in NFL history with a passer rating of over 95.0 in each of his first three seasons.

- Wilson has 24 games with a passer rating of 100+ in his first three seasons...more than any other QB in NFL history. Flacco, Marino, and Palmer are tied for second with 19.

- Wilson leads all QB’s in the NFL over the last 3 years with 10- 4th quarter comebacks and 15- game-winning drives. No other QB in NFL history has ever done this in their first 3 years.

- He is one of only five players with at least 20 touchdown passes in each of first three seasons.

- Wilson is the first and only QB in the Super Bowl era to have average yards per attempt of 7.6 or better in each of his first three seasons.

- Wilson’s career yards per passing attempt of 7.9 is fourth-best of all QB’s since 1951.

- Wilson is ranked #1 in career postseason yards per attempt. His career average of 9.01 (min. 200 pass attempts) is the highest in NFL history.

- Wilson is the only QB in NFL history to appear in two SB's in his first three seasons.

- Wilson holds the record for most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie QB with 385 yards. The old record was set in 1937 by Sammy Baugh with 335 yards...that record stood for 75 years.

- Wilson is ranked at #2 in all-time career passer rating (min. 1200 attempts) with a 98.6. Only Aaron Rodgers has a higher career passer rating.

- Wilson's passer rating of 98.6 for a player’s first 3 years is the best in NFL history.

- Including postseason, Wilson's passer rating of 98.5 for a player's first three years is the best in NFL history.

- Wilson's postseason passer rating of 97.8 in his first three years is the best in NFL history.

- Wilson’s career postseason passer rating of 97.8 (min. 200 attempts) is the 5th best in NFL history.

- Wilson's TD% of 5.8% in his first three years is the 2nd highest in NFL history; only Dan Marino is higher with 6.9%.

- Wilson's INT% of 2.1% in his first three years is the lowest of any QB in NFL history.

- Wilson is ranked #2 all-time with a career TD to INT ratio of 2.77 (min. 1200 attempts) behind only Rodgers.

- Wilson is ranked #3 all-time with a career INT rate of only 2.1%, behind only Rodgers and Brady.

- Wilson is the first and only QB in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards and run for 100+ yards (313 & 106) in the same game...against the Rams on 10-19-14.

- Only one QB in NFL history had more than one season with more than 20 TD passes and 10 or fewer interceptions in his first three seasons: Wilson, who has had three such seasons.

- His 72 touchdowns are the seventh-most ever through a player’s first three seasons.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has 84 passing TD's in his first three seasons, 4th-most in NFL history.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has 97 passing and rushing TD's in his first three seasons, 3rd-most in NFL history.

- Wilson is ranked #12 all-time for most passing yards by a QB in his first three years with 9950 yards.

- Including the postseason, Wilson is ranked #5 all-time for passing yards by a QB in his first three years with 11770 yards.

- Wilson is ranked #5 all-time for most total yards (passing + rushing) by a QB in his first three years with 11827 yards.

- Including the postseason, Wilson is ranked #2 all-time for most total yards (passing and rushing) by a QB in his first three years with 13902 yards.

- Wilson has the 2nd highest career yards per attempt in SB history with 9.85 yards, behind only Terry Bradshaw.

- Wilson has the 3rd highest career passer rating in SB history with a 117.39, behind only Joe Montana and Jim Plunkett.

- Wilson has the 6th highest career completion % in SB history with 65.22%.

- Wilson has the 4th highest yards per attempt in a SB game with 11.76 yards in SB49.

- Wilson's 1,877 rushing yards is second-most by a QB in the modern era through three seasons behind Cam Newton's 2,032 yards.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has the most rushing yards for a QB in NFL history in his first three seasons with 2132 yards.

- Wilson led all NFL rushers in 2014 with an average of 7.2 yards per carry.

- Wilson has a record of having had a lead at some point in 56 straight games since 201.2...the old record was 45 games...Also, in those 56 games, Wilson has never lost an NFL game by more than 9 points.

- Wilson has won 36 games in his first 3 seasons; three more than any other QB in NFL history.

- Including the postseason, Wilson has won 42 games in his first three seasons; 6 more than any other QB in NFL history

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Is it this time already?

 

It is pretty impressive for a guy who was one of the 16 QBs to play all 16 games last year and yet ranked #19 in pass attempts, 15th in pass yards and #16 in pass TDs. So sort of the worst of the full season QBs but did well in the playoffs.

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Okay this is as far as I play this game this year.

 

Here is all you need to know about Russell Wilson:

 

In his three years, he ranks (among all QBs playing at least 10 games):

 

#43 in pass attempts per game. He only throws 26 passes per game, just under Blaine Gabbert.

 

#36 in in yards per game (206). Just under Blake Bortles and Chad Henne.

 

#4 in runs per pass (1 to 5). Only Tim Tebow, Brock Osweiler and Terrelle Pryor run more often (though with significantly lesser offensive lines).

 

Touting yards per completion is pretty funny since Wilson ranks #5 in Yards per Completion over the last four years, behind only Colin Kaepernick, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer and Josh Freeman so yeah, appropriate company.

 

At this rate we may never know if he is any good. He's basically Colin Kaepernick on a better team.

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The OPs post says a a lot more about Wilson's true merits that DMDs.

 

Who cares how many passes he has thrown? Its what he does with them (i.e completion percentage, interception percentage, passer rating) that is what is relevant and worth comparing.

 

It is so myopic of people to use yards and, to some degree, TDs to determine how good a QB is. It is all relative to the type of team the QB plays for. Had Wilson played for a team with a terrible defense that was always giving up points, and Wilson had to play from behind 90% of the time instead of with a lead, I am sure he'd have more attempts, more yards, and more TDs. Instead, the opposite is true. Seattle plays with a lead, they play half the game in "run-out-the-clock-and-don't-do-anything-stupid" mode, and his stats are deflated because if it.

 

To compare Wilson and his obvious success to inferior QBs like Gabbert, Bortles, Tebow, Henne, etc is ludicrous.

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I think Wilson is a terrific QB . His only blemish was choking away the superbowl IMO. He is a winner and makes plays with his legs and arm. He is in a pretty rosy position is Seattle as the game doesnt often require him to carry them to victory with that awesome D and running game but ill never take away from Wilson. He is very calm qb with a lot of tools and he isnt a cock Dbag either

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He's basically Colin Kaepernick on a better team.

 

 

C'mon now. While Seahawks21 is over the top, this is a more extreme statement than anything he posted.

 

Just watching these two QB's play, it's pretty easy to see that Wilson is vastly superior to Colon Krapernick In basically every facet of the game. Wilson is more accurate, he throws his guys open, he makes better reads, he makes better decisions, and is even a better scrambler because he extends plays and hits open guys, where CK is just a headless chicken.

 

As far as the young QBs go, Wilson is second only to Luck IMO.

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The OPs post says a a lot more about Wilson's true merits that DMDs.

 

Who cares how many passes he has thrown? Its what he does with them (i.e completion percentage, interception percentage, passer rating) that is what is relevant and worth comparing.

 

It is so myopic of people to use yards and, to some degree, TDs to determine how good a QB is. It is all relative to the type of team the QB plays for. Had Wilson played for a team with a terrible defense that was always giving up points, and Wilson had to play from behind 90% of the time instead of with a lead, I am sure he'd have more attempts, more yards, and more TDs. Instead, the opposite is true. Seattle plays with a lead, they play half the game in "run-out-the-clock-and-don't-do-anything-stupid" mode, and his stats are deflated because if it.

 

To compare Wilson and his obvious success to inferior QBs like Gabbert, Bortles, Tebow, Henne, etc is ludicrous.

 

He'd probably also have worse stats in many of the categories that the OP picked to show how good he is. Including all those that relate to games won, without those and zero playoff appearances nobody is talking about how good he is.

 

He came into a perfect situation, a team with a great defense and a very good running game. A coach who knew how to use him, and could make him fit his offensive system. You think he would have been do good playing for the Jags, Bucs, Browns, Raiders or other bottom feeders in the NFL over the past 3 years.

 

Is he good, has he shown some great skills and leadership? Sure. Is he the best in the league or a future HOFer, I think its way too early to say that.

 

BA said amonst the young (first 3-5 years) QBs he's second only to Luck. I would agree with that but suspect the OP would site many of the same stats to show prove he is better than Luck.

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Just imagine Luck with the talent Wilson has around him. Nuff said. Though as long as he stays upright, the Hawks have a chance to win most every game they're in. He will get hit hard enough to get significantly injured with his style of play. Jut a matter of time. Then all the bandwagon Hawk fans will be crying about Pete letting him run too much.

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Just imagine Luck with the talent Wilson has around him. Nuff said. Though as long as he stays upright, the Hawks have a chance to win most every game they're in. He will get hit hard enough to get significantly injured with his style of play. Jut a matter of time. Then all the bandwagon Hawk fans will be crying about Pete letting him run too much.

 

Talent? You're aware that Wilson's best receiver would be the #4 for Indy, Wilson's best TE would be the #3 for Indy, and Luck has vastly superior pass blocking right? Also Indy's RB's averaged eerily similar ypc to Lynch. Nuff said?
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you are showing your propensity for idiocy. How's Indy's Defense compare? If you know crackerjack about football you would realize what a defense like the Hawks does for any offense. Though the Seattle line wasn't good it was much better than Indy. Lynch with Luck instead of the retreads he has been stuck with? Check your blinders at the door.

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I think the Hawks line was ranked like 28th in pass pro by football outsiders and Indy was in the middle of the pack. Wilson on average had less time before pressure than any other Qb in the NFL. Indy's defense also was not bad at all in their own right.

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I think the Hawks line was ranked like 28th in pass pro by football outsiders and Indy was in the middle of the pack. Wilson on average had less time before pressure than any other Qb in the NFL.

 

so what's the difference in pressure between the 28th and 14th ranked online...3 tenths of a second of time to throw? Wilson is Trent Dilfer with legs..
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so what's the difference in pressure between the 28th and 14th ranked online...3 tenths of a second of time to throw? Wilson is Trent Dilfer with legs..

 

 

Uh...just no. Why troll like that? Wilson is so much better than Dilfer in all aspects. Silly comment.

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Uh...just no. Why troll like that? Wilson is so much better than Dilfer in all aspects. Silly comment.

 

 

While I completely agree with this, making Wilson out as the next coming of historic QBs such as Manning, Marino, and Farve is a bit of a silly topic as well at this time.

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While I completely agree with this, making Wilson out as the next coming of historic QBs such as Manning, Marino, and Farve is a bit of a silly topic as well at this time.

 

 

Agreed completely, however, I think the jist of this post was to say that Wilson has started his first three years on a historical level. The way of relaying that message may not have come across very well and obviously has ruffled some feathers in here, but I at least understand somewhat of what he was trying to say.

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