Seahawks: Russell under pressure
Russell Wilson is under more pressure more than any other quarterback in the NFL. No, we’re not talking about the pressure to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. We’re talking about defenders. A league-leading 46% of Russell’s dropbacks are pressured.
You could argue that Russell invites that pressure himself, with an average time to pass attempt of 2.90 seconds – longest in the NFL. Does Wilson struggle with the quick decisions? Is he gaining something that other QBs aren’t with that extra time?
Our Quarterback Time in Pocket stats suggest “no” on both counts.
When Wilson does get rid of the ball quickly (2.5 seconds or less), he actually has the top QB rating in the league (113.2) and a gaudy 73.9% completion rate.
When he holds on to the ball 2.6 seconds or longer (54% of his dropbacks) his QB rating (75.7) plummets to 17th in the league.
So as the Seahawks gear up for another playoff run, they may want to consider leaning on what’s worked for them this season – getting the ball out quickly!