Breaking Down Areas Where Russell Wilson Needs To Improve

Alex Field@@afield7Correspondent IINovember 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws in the first quarter against the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle defeated New York Jets 28-7.  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks have won two straight games and are currently the No. 6 seed in the NFC.

A lot of that has to do with the play of rookie Russell Wilson.

Through 10 games, Wilson has been a superstar for the Hawks, tossing 15 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. He is completing 62 percent of his passes and has 1,827 passing yards so far.

He ranks first among rookies in touchdown passes and second in passer rating.

Perhaps the more telling statistic is what Wilson has done recently.

During his last three games, Wilson has had seven touchdowns and only one interception. With more performances like that, the Hawks will virtually be able to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

However, there is still room for Wilson to improve.


Consistency on the Road

All eight of his interceptions have occurred away from home, and he has only four touchdown passes in those five games. That could definitely coincide with the Seahawks’ 1-4 record on the road this year.

Wilson’s completion percentage virtually stays the same on the road, but it seems as if he is forcing the ball more during away games. Perhaps he feels the need to push the ball more, but Wilson needs to calm down.

If he can solve his road woes, the Seahawks will be even more dangerous than they already are.

His quarterback rating on the road sits at 65.8, while at home it is above 122. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in Seattle, but I don’t expect him to mimic those stats while on the road.

If he can break even between touchdowns and interceptions away from home, it would help the Seahawks exponentially.


The Deep Passing Game

Although it is not the most integral part of his game, the deep passing game is important in the NFL. On attempts of 30 yards or more, Wilson completes only 27 percent of his throws. He has thrown four interceptions on these throws against three touchdowns.

These stats could be attributed to his dearth of deep threats, but Wilson must be more accurate on the deep throws.

He has looked better in recent weeks and I believe with more opportunities, his accuracy will only continue to improve.

However, with more defenders stacking the box to stop Seattle’s strong rushing attack, Wilson must be able to take advantage and beat the defense deep. If he is not able to complete passes deep downfield, defenses will be able to send constant pressure at the running game.

Wilson has looked to push the ball deep more and more each week and I think he will only continue to get better with more experience.

Sidney Rice has been coming on strong in recent weeks and as the offensive players continue to become acclimated to one another, the Seahawks offense will constantly improve.


Looking Towards the Future

These areas are minute to details to Wilson’s already impressive rookie campaign, but with more practice dedicated to these sections he will only get better.

He is still an extremely young quarterback and is already an offensive superstar for the Seahawks. With his tireless work ethic and constant preparation, Wilson will be a playmaker for years to come.

Growth in a few areas will make Wilson even better.


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