Seahawks hope Russell Wilson’s start just the beginning in ’20

SEATTLE — Not that he needed to provide the endorsement, but in the midst of talking about his start of the season, DK Metcalf threw his support behind a growing candidacy.

“Russ for MVP, 2020,” Metcalf proclaimed.

He’s of course speaking of Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and one of the clear leaders in the MVP conversation through the first quarter of the season.

Actually, there may be no other leader. Wilson is playing possibly the finest football of his career, leading the Seahawks (5-0) to their best start in franchise history and finding ways to cover up for the flaws of an imperfect team.

Now in his ninth season, Wilson is in the prime of his career and has been provided the tools to fully emerge into the elite category of QBs. He’s not the game manager that first arrived in Seattle and was the accompaniment to one of the best defenses in recent history.

This is and has been Wilson’s team for several years. The difference is after years of transitions and smart moves, Seattle has surrounded its quarterback with a supporting cast on offense equal to the talent of its leader.

And the results, at least to start this season, can’t be argued.

“I think it’s been so evident over the past few years of just how collectively we are together as a team,” Wilson said. “Everybody is sticking together. Everybody is believing in one another. Everybody is helping one another. It doesn’t matter who makes the play. It’s us. It’s about us and doing it together.”

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The Seahawks arrived at their bye week after another night when Wilson’s performance was the lasting memory of Seattle’s victory over Minnesota. Wilson rallied Seattle from a 13-0 halftime deficit and capped the comeback by driving 94 yards with less than two minutes left, hitting Metcalf on a fourth-and-goal TD pass with 15 seconds left for a 27-26 win.

Wilson now has 19 touchdown passes and just three interceptions through five games. It’s the second-most TD tosses in the first five games of a season, behind only Peyton Manning’s 20 in 2013 when he was the league MVP.

Wilson leads the league in passer rating and until this past week was tops in completion percentage. He’s on pace for 60 TDs and 4,800 yards passing.

But the reasons behind Wilson’s blazing start to the season go deeper than TDs and passer rating, two areas where he has always been among the top QBs in the league.

The relationship between Wilson and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is now in its third year and there seems to be an increased trust by both parties, especially in early downs. In Schottenheimer’s first two seasons, Seattle threw the ball on first or second down 724 times in 32 regular-season games, the second-lowest total of any team in the league.

While the numbers across the league aren’t equal through five weeks, Seattle has thrown on first or second down 147 times in five games. For context, that’s the same number as Patrick Mahomes in Kansas …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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