Kyle Shanahan downplays any slump Russell Wilson has had this season


Russell Wilson has obviously cooled since his jaw-dropping start to the 2020 season, but it does seem that he’s emerged from the “out-of-character run” (Pete Carroll’s words) that plagued the Seahawks during the middle of the year.

Wilson turned the ball over 10 times during a four-game stretch from Weeks 7-10. It was a stark reminder that not even the game’s most elite superstars are immune from an occasional slump.

Kyle Shanahan shared his approach for getting his best players through stretches of subpar play.

“I think it’s to hone in on your details, to try to get back to not forcing things and letting the game come back to you,” he explained to Seattle media on Wednesday. “That’s always what I try to do. … You never lose your aggressiveness, you just try not to force things. There’s a fine line with it all because that’s how you make plays, by being aggressive. But you’ve got to make sure the risk-reward is there and you try to do it more in the rhythm of when it shows.”

Shanahan was keen to note that Wilson’s poor stretch was overexaggerated.

“Russ, regardless of what his numbers are, to me don’t show the whole story,” Shanahan said. “Russ has been one of the best quarterbacks in this league since he started playing, and that doesn’t have to do always with his stats. He knows how to win the game. If he doesn’t have anything going into the fourth quarter, he’s still going to find a way to get the win.


“He does it on his own a lot. When he’s been crazy with stats for the whole game, they’ve also beaten people pretty easily at the beginning of the year. Russ is a guy where I never look at his stats. He’s got a chance to win no matter what the situation is, no matter how the game has gone so far and he probably does that as good as anyone that I’ve ever seen.”

Wilson has thrown for 4,031 yards, a franchise record 38 touchdowns this season and a career-high 13 interceptions. He needs 189 passing yards in Week 17 to eclipse his own single-season franchise record.

Sunday’s regular season finale will be Wilson’s 18th regular season game against the 49ers. He currently owns a 13-4 record against San Francisco, not including Seattle’s win in the 2013 NFC Championship Game.