There has to be a way to keep them happy.
They have to find a way to put that uniform on again – year after year.
Russell Wilson may not be the perfect quarterback. They may have occasional performances that prompt fans to crush their bobbleheads into a wall. But the Seahawks’ success begins and stops with him.
Had he played elsewhere, the victory in this city would have been much less.
Wilson reminded Seahawks fans of their value in Sunday’s 30-23 win over the 49ers. For the first time since coming back from a finger injury he faced versus the Rams in October, Wilson looked like his eight-time pro bowler.
He completed 30 of 37 for 231 yards and two touchdowns and one interception, although that stat line is confusing. He really should have been 31 out of 37 with three touchdowns and no interception, but a TD toss bounced off the hands of tight end Gerald Everett and San Francisco cornerback Ke’Wuan Williams.
Otherwise, it was a vintage Wilson performance – replete with his usual heroics. They would not have lived without him and would not have progressed without him.
Example No. 1: With Seattle under 10 in the middle of the second quarter, Wilson faces a third and 14 from the 49ers 37-yard line. Conventional wisdom suggests that Seattle should have gained nine yards to set up a buildable field-goal effort, but Wilson threw a picturesque pass to DK Metcalf for a 33-yard advantage. Gave. The Seahawks made a touchdown two plays later.
Example #2: Trailing nine with 1:42 in the first half, Wilson took the Seahawks on a drive from 65 yards, ending with a seven-yard touchdown pass to D’Escridge with 12 seconds remaining Happened. It’s reminiscent of dozens of two-minute drills that Wilson has executed to perfection over the years, including a week before that nearly brought Seattle back against the Washington football team.
Example Number 3: With the scores tied and the Seahawks facing third and 6 from San Francisco’s 12, Wilson threw a signature moon ball at Tyler Lockett’s outstretched arms, which made it to the end zone to give the Seahawks 30. reeled in. -23 lead. Anything less than perfection on that throw, and Seattle would have been forced to kick a field goal that would have changed the 49ers’ strategy on their final drive. Instead, the Seahawks received seven points, and were forced to go for a touchdown to San Francisco that was thwarted by Seattle’s goal-line stand.
Several other factors were crucial to the Seahawks’ victory on Sunday – to be fair. There was a fake punt that led to a 73-yard touchdown by Travis Homer. Nick Baylor forced a fumble on the special teams, and Bobby Wagner and Quandre Diggs caught the interception. And, of course, the Seahawks defense had the 49ers locked in for the second half.
But most of all, an elite quarterback rediscovered his Hall of Fame groove.
“The juice was strong. Good, solid football game. Made some great throws in the game,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who noted a pass dropped by Gerald Everett (who also had two lost fumbles, one of which The 49ers was at the 2-yard line.) “Russ had a few more. He didn’t see a touchdown today. I thought he played a really good game.”
The dynamic between Carroll and Wilson will weigh on media speculation in the coming weeks. Yes, the Seahawks are technically alive in the hunt for the playoffs (and have three opponents with a combined seven wins on the schedule), but a postseason berth is unlikely. I think most fans are interested in whether the coach and the QB can co-exist going forward.
Wilson was clearly annoyed with his position at Seattle last season, when he released a list of teams he was willing to trade for. Another losing season—even if many of those losses were the result of his injury and subsequent poor play—could revive Wilson’s desire to deal.
That can not be. It’s easy for fans to think the Seahawks could find another great quarterback, but it’s rare to hit a brilliant signal collar in the draft. Seattle never had a QB of Wilson’s caliber, and probably won’t until the years after he left.
There is no doubt that Wilson has flaws. No doubt he struggled in the first three games before Sunday. But the Seahawks aren’t a threat without him. Their satisfaction should be priority 1.