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Seahawks' Russell Wilson Confirms He's 'Frustrated with Getting Hit Too Much'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2021

Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) knocks the ball away as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to pass during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)
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The Seattle Seahawks have been unable to protect Russell Wilson, and it is now causing problems for the quarterback.

"I'm frustrated with getting hit too much," Wilson said Tuesday, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Monday the quarterback has been "increasingly frustrated" with his lack of protection in Seattle after being sacked 394 times in nine NFL seasons. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted the Seahawks had been getting calls about potential trades.

Wilson added that he loves playing for Seattle but would still like improvements to the offense.

"I've definitely been hit," he said. "Been sacked almost 400 times. We've got to get better."

Also of note, he acknowledged that he would like input on the team's personnel decisions:

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"I think that dialogue should happen more often in my opinion." Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) on if he wants to be involved in personnel decisions with the #Seahawks https://t.co/pBkYNrqN18

Wilson was sacked 47 times in 2020, third-most in the NFL behind only Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, respectively. He tied for the league lead with 48 sacks in 2019 and has been sacked at least 40 times in every season since 2013.

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Jason Lisk of Team Rankings provided more details on the pass rushes:

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Russell Wilson has averaged a sack on 8.3% dropbacks for his career, and hasn't had any season so far under 7.0%. The better evidence the offensive line needs to improve is that he had 2nd-worst league-adjusted yards per attempt and worst league-adjusted INT rate of his career.

Adding his 89.2 rushing attempts per season, the star quarterback is taking a lot of hits. The 32-year-old was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl this year after setting a career high with 40 passing touchdowns, but he is likely concerned about his longevity in the league.

Wilson does create some issues himself with his scrambling, but the Seahawks rarely invest much in the offensive line. They've only spent one first-round pick on the unit since drafting Wilson in 2012, taking Germain Ifedi.

The team mostly remade the unit last year but relied on rookie third-round pick Damien Lewis and unheralded free-agent signing Brandon Shell. According to Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks had the No. 16 pass-blocking line in 2020, which was the highest it's ranked with Wilson under center.

Duane Brown has one more year remaining on his contract, but there are question marks throughout the rest of the O-line that need to be solved going into 2021.

The offensive system could also provide Wilson with more short passes and screens, allowing him to get the ball out quicker. New offensive coordinator Shane Waldron could be under pressure to make the necessary changes to protect the quarterback. 

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