Super Bowl XLVIII offers up an opportunity for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to go face to face with four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Despite it being Super Bowl week we haven't had a lot of comparisons between the QB's, and the Seahawks have been very clever not to let talk get that way. Why?
Underneath the awesome highlights, Wilson is a classic game manager, but for some reason he gets credit for his play beyond that of a game manager, with some fans and commentators comparing him with elite players.
To compare Wilson with an elite player is like comparing a Volvo with a Ferrari. There is no comparison. He is such a nice guy that most people will not want to bad mouth him in any way.
But the stats don't lie, as this year Wilson threw for a mere 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns. That equates to just over 200 yards a game and just under two touchdowns a game.
It's definitely not elite statistics, with Wilson always needing help from his defense and running game to win games, plus the QB doesn't regularly turn the ball over.
Game managers at the QB position usually need to make 20 great plays a game, but elite sign-callers need to make almost 40 a game.
That's the difference. And that's what the great Broncos' Manning does week in week out.
Current Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has very similar stats to Wilson, but it's the Seahawks man's ability to evade pressure and use his legs that sets him apart.
However, come play-off time and the Super Bowl, it's pocket passers that win the Lombardi Trophy.
Who knows Wilson may surprise us and carry the Seahawks on his back. But that's unlikely as after all he is game manager and nothing else.
So whether or not he wins Sunday, lets just remember that he is not the best thing since sliced bread at the QB position. If he does win, he will have almost definitely got plenty of help.
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