The NFL have released who is going to the Pro Bowl at the end of the season in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks had a pretty good outing with five players added to this season's Pro Bowl, with free safety Earl Thomas, strong safety Kam Chancellor, cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and running back Marshawn Lynch selected.
However, there is one missing name on this list, and that name is Russell Wilson. For the last two years he has been in the Pro Bowl (while he was only an alternate one of the years) but this year he hasn't made the cut despite arguably his best season.
Coming into week 17, Wilson has over 4,000 yards of total offense, (3,236 passing yards, and 842 yards rushing) making him one of the most dangerous weapons in the game. While being the true dual-threat QB, he has kept the mistake minimum with a total of 6 interceptions and 4 fumbles (only one was lost to the opposition).
Somehow though, he got snubbed by the fans, the media, and the NFL itself. I can't understand why people cannot understand how amazing this 5'11 QB is. He has everything someone wants to start a franchise. He has a cannon for an arm, runs like Barry Sanders, and when it's money time - he's there ready to perform.
Wilson is plagued by the stigma of being called a "game manager," and is compared to the real definition of a game manager - Trent Dilfer. Dilfer isn't even in the same league as DangeRuss. When you look at the stats, during Dilfer's Superbowl run, he didn't even crack 2,000 passing yards, as opposed to Wilson who has consistently thrown for at least 3,000. People are always quick to discredit him because of the running game and defense; however, that's unfair. In fact, Dallas Cowboys great Troy Aikman was nothing more than a game manager.
Aikman too relied heavily on his running game, the playmaker (Micheal Irvin), and his Charles Hayley fronted defense and let's not forget one of the greatest o-lines in history. If compared, the stats tell a completely different story than what we are lead to believe.
The Comparison of Stats
2012: A 64% comp rate; 3,118 Passing yards; 26 passing TDs to 10 INTS; a Passer Rating of 100
2013: A 63% comp rate; 3,357 Passing Yards; 26 passing TDs to 9 INTS; a Passer Rating of 101.2
2014: A 62.8 % comp rate; 3,236 Passing Yards; 20 passing TDs to 6 INTS; a Passer Rating of 95.7
1989: *missed five games* A 52.9% comp rate; 1,749 passing yards; 9 passing TDs to 18 INTs; a Passer Rating of 55.7
1990: *missed one games* A 56.6% comp rate; 2,579 passing yards; 11 passing TDs to 18 INTs; a Passer Rating of 66.6
1991: *missed four games* A 65.3% comp rate; 2,754 passing yards; 11 passing TDs to 10 INTs; a Passer Rating of 86.7
It's clear Russell is the better QB than this Hall of Famer, and for that matter - nowhere near as injury prone.
Safe to say, Wilson will always be discredited - but in the end, he'll be playing at a different bowl in Glendale.