Russell Wilson had a career season in 2020, leading the MVP race for a little over half of it. Defenses figured out Russ and Seattle’s offensive scheme in the second half of the season and started exploiting their weaknesses, most notably running a cover two with two safety’s over the top, eliminating the deep ball that destroyed teams early in the season.
This caused him to be sacked a league-leading 51 times in 2020, while Wilson has been sacked 394 times in nine years, not including 49 times in the postseason.
He may finally be at the breaking point. Wilson talked today about some of his frustrations:
I love playing for Seattle. Loved it for years. You just never want to get hit. I’ve been sacked almost 400 times. We’ve got to get better. I’ve got to get better. … I’m frustrated with getting hit too much.Russell Wilson speaking to reporters
The 2020 Walter Payton Man of The Year went on the Dan Patrick Show and discussed this with Dan as well:
The report came out on Sunday morning from Ian Rappaport on NFL Gameday that the Seahawks had been receiving calls about the trade availability of Russ. The front office hung up the phone.
I touched on this situation in a tweet earlier today in that the only team Seattle should consider listening to regarding a trade for the 8-time Pro Bowler, is the Houston Texans. The Texans have someone that is unhappy in Houston and is also a top 5 QB in the league. Deshaun Watson would be the only viable replacement for Russ. Deshaun Watson led the NFL in passing yards this last season despite losing his best receivers to trades and suspensions.
While you’re at it, go ahead and give me a follow on Twitter and let me know what you think the Hawks should do about Russ.