Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has seen many great quarterbacks in his 46 years on the sideline.
In anticipation of this Sunday’s matchup against the Seahawks, and only having faced Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson a total of three times, Belichick made it quite clear that the NFC’s offensive player of the week from Week One should be more admired across the NFL.
During Belichick’s press conference Thursday, the coaching legend himself said he believes that Wilson is vastly underrated by the media and that the consensus opinion of the quarterback may still be selling him short.
“Honestly, I think he’s in a way may be underrated by the media or the fans, I don’t know. I don’t really see anybody better than this player,” Belichick said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.
Last season, Wilson had himself a career year by finishing the season with over 4000 passing years, 31 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions.
Sadly, all of those numbers added up to zero MVP votes for the veteran quarterback. What's more surprising is that even through 8 NFL seasons, he still has been given zero MVP votes.
A crime within itself, if you really think about it.
It's not just Belichick who believes that Wilson doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Wilson’s teammate and favorite deep threat target D.K. Metcalf joined First Take on Thursday and said his piece in regards to what Belichick had to say about his quarterback.
“He hit it on the head in my mind,” Metcalf said about Belichick's comments. “A lot of people don’t realize how great Russell Wilson is. I mean, he can extend plays, and his stats are second to none. When you look at him closely with how long he’s been in the league, he’s very clutch. He has all the attributes to be the greatest quarterbacks the league has ever seen.”
So far this season, Wilson is already making the case that he deserves all the recognition that he has not been receiving his entire NFL career.
With the Seahawks securing their first win of the season against the Atlanta Falcons, Wilson finished with 31 completions on 35 pass attempts, threw for 322 yards, and tossed four touchdowns with no interceptions and won NFC offensive player of the week.
A solid start to the 2020 NFL season for Wilson.
This coming Sunday night in Seattle will be Belichick's fourth time facing off against Wilson, and I am sure the Patriots coaching staffs' defensive gameplan is surrounded by one topic at hand:
How do we slow down Russell Wilson.
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