With a 43-8 Super Bowl victory on Sunday, Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win 28 games in his first two seasons. Wilson, who also holds the record for most regular-season victories (24) through two years, completed 18 of 25 passes (72 percent) for 206 yards and two touchdowns in his finest performance of the postseason Sunday
Before Wilson captured the records, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger held both marks, with 27 total wins and 22 regular-season wins in his first two NFL seasons. Like Wilson, Roethlisberger led his team to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, capping off the second run with a Super Bowl victory. While both quarterbacks benefited enormously from elite defenses, Wilson undoubtedly performed much better on the big stage.
Back in February 2006, Roethlisberger completed just nine of 21 passes for 123 yards and two interceptions in a Super Bowl XL win over the Seahawks that was widely remembered for sloppy play and poor officiating. Wilson had a much cleaner Super Bowl debut, averaging 8.2 yards per pass attempt without any sacks or interceptions.
More than anything, Wilson's excellent performance shows how much expectations have shifted for young quarterbacks. When Big Ben came into the league, teams rarely expected rookie quarterbacks to be anything more than game managers. A decade later, we've seen a number of signal-callers enter the league with near-immediate success, including Wilson, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
Gone are the days when fans got excited over mere competence from young quarterbacks, which explains why Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon hasn't gotten much hype. Glennon's 19-9 touchdown-interception ratio as a rookie might have been a big deal a decade ago, yet the lanky Buc isn't even considered a lock to start Week 1 in 2014.