Seattle Seahawks: Are the Expectations for Russell Wilson Too High?

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIISeptember 8, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass for a completion as defensive end Jeremy Beal #93 of the Denver Broncos applies pressure during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 30-10.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is not just generating a buzz in the Emerald City as the Seattle Seahawks get ready to start the 2012 season.  The rookie quarterback is also causing analysts to make all sorts of predictions.  These predictions range from a very average 7-9 finish to winning the Super Bowl. 

Are we, perhaps, getting a bit ahead of ourselves?  Did Cam Newton and his 4,000 yards set an unrealistic bar for rookie quarterbacks?

Don’t get me wrong.  I like what I have seen on the field, and I have really liked what I have heard in interviews.  Wilson is confident without being cocky.  He is poised, and also respectful.  His drive seems to be focused on getting better rather than getting publicity. 

At face value, Russell seems to have those intangibles needed to effectively lead a team and inspire a winning attitude. 

Lest we forget, he is still a rookie.  He has yet to play a down in a regular-season game.

Charisma?  Absolutely.  However, the NFL can be very tough on a new player, even if the league has become more quarterback friendly.  Tim Tebow has charisma, too. 

No, I am not comparing Wilson to Tebow.  However, there are a few out there who are ready to anoint Wilson as the new “chosen one.”  Patience.    

Wilson is the signal-caller, which means that he is playing the most scrutinized position on the field.  He may have generated high praise in the preseason, but his mistakes will be picked apart and heavily analyzed once the season starts. 

Much has been made about Wilson’s height, but he may quickly put that myth to rest.  As noted by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Wilson had two of 309 passes batted down during his senior year at Wisconsin. 

Not bad for a guy who is supposedly too short for the position. 

Could it be that some quarterbacks throw between tall linemen?  Imagine that. 

I do think we have to be careful with comparisons.  Wilson may be dispelling the historical belief that quarterbacks have to be tall, but it may be premature to bring up Drew Brees

Drew Brees is not tall either, but there may be other factors that make him successful.  Such as, he is Drew Brees?

It is nice that Bill Simmons has predicted that the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl, but I don’t know if fans should run too far with that particular prognostication.  Realistically, that is a fair amount of pressure to put on a rookie quarterback.  In addition, I am not sure that Seattle is quite there yet.    

Did I mention that Russell Wilson has yet to play in a regular-season game?

Again, I like him a lot, and fans have many good reasons to be excited about the new season.  However, at one point in the past, fans were pretty excited about Dan McGwire.  Remember him?  How about Rick Mirer?  By the way, McGwire was really tall. 

I have a hunch that Wilson will find more success in Seattle than those two QBs, but history should tell us to be a bit cautious before anointing Wilson as the next coming of Drew Brees.

Time to see what Wilson can do.