seabowl wrote:His elusiveness is just not there anymore. What made him truly special was his unearthly ability to escape pressure and make something great out of absolutely nothing.
Haven't seen anything like that in some time from him.
I agree. His escapability was one of his greatest assets earlier in his career. His pirouettes were a thing of beauty and his speed to outrun defenders was well known. He is a bit thicker than he used to be but how much of that is purposeful or just age I am not sure. I do recall one year he added bulk to help with all the hits he was taking but the next year he dropped a few because he realized it slowed him down too much.
One thing we can all agree on is his durability. To my knowledge he has never missed a single game in his soon-to-be 10-year career. That is remarkable, especially when you take into consideration the hits and sacks he's taken. But he is a flat out maestro when it comes to avoiding injury on the run. Outside of that season he was playing hurt with a bum ankle and knee I believe, he has been incredibly blessed to avoid a major injury that sidelines him.
Sometimes I feel I am asking too much of Russell. One, because he's set us up to expect sheer excellence from him so when he appears human and normal, we feel something is off. Two, because I forget this isn't 2012-2017 Russell where he was at the top of his game from a speed and escapability standpoint. A decade in this league, I don't care who you are, you are not going to look exactly the same from your earliest years to current. No matter your nutrition, your commitment to health, exercise, etc. Father Time, again, remains undefeated.
Is Russ struggling? Eh, I don't really think so. Was he struggling a month ago? Absolutely. He threw 10 picks in a 4-5 week period if I recall. Yes, that's struggling. I think he's found his confidence in recent weeks and I think that continues. How far it takes us, who knows.
What I do know is that I am forever grateful to have Russell Wilson as our quarterback for all these years and I hope several more. He's been nothing short of a gift to this franchise and I hope to be around to celebrate his speech in Canton one fine day.