Spin Doctor wrote:
He hasn't had many of those plays in the last few years. He still is pretty quick, but he doesn't have the same change of direction, and sudden burst ability. He could stop and go to full speed within a matter of a second when he was younger. Russell Wilson has more Cam Newton type of speed now, we're he has a decent top end but takes longer to ramp up. I suspect his extra weight is playing into that some.
He hasn't had that since 2017. He used to do those backdoor pirouette Fran escapes. In 2018 they turned into sacks. He adjusted by midyear that year, and cut that move out of his bag, choosing to go front door-side step with no pirouette.
So, yes he hasn't been, and no longer can he be the houdini cheat code he once was. But he has put up the best numbers of his career the last 3 seasons without the crazy mobility he once had. So it's just odd to me that people would point to that, when it's been this way for awhile.
Wilson's last three years have been his best 3 years of his career. Only Mahomes has better numbers in that span, and they're actually fairly close. That's with Mahomes being in a better offensive sheme, better O-Line, and better weapons over that span.