Reporting Jason A. Churchill
Russell Wilson willed the Seattle Seahawks to a 23-20 victory Sunday at Houston. Sure, he had help from Richard Sherman, Brandon Mebane and the rest of the defense, and no one player can truly win a game all by himself. Wilson, however, dominated a good Texans defense on a 123-yard drive in the fourth quarter — mostly with his legs — but also showed the kind of IQ and leadership championship teams tend to always possess.
Think about it. Super Bowl Champions don’t just have good quarterbacks, they have good — or great in many cases — that also serve as the leader of their team. A quarterback with accountability and credibility. At some point last season, Wilson earned that with this football team, and it’s grown in 2013. Sunday was no exception.
Monday on the Steve Sandmeyer Show, former Seattle Seahawks Pro-Bowl center Robbie Tobeck joined us in studio — as he does each and every Monday — and gave us his take on how important it is to have a quarterback that not only performs, but plays the role of a leader.
“I don’t think you can win big,” Tobeck said. “Your quarterback has to be a leader, (he) has to be the leader on your team in order for you to win and win consistently and win big — and when I say win big I mean win in the playoffs and win Super Bowls.
“Most good quarterbacks have that kind of thing. Russell certainly does, and came in day one as a rookie and has shown that. As long as he’s here, we’re going to have a shot.”
Wilson, for all the struggles of the passing offense through the first four weeks of the season, owns a 95.3 efficiency rating, good for No. 8 in the NFL, and we’ve seen high-end field performance from him in the past, particularly the final three months of last season, including the playoffs.
Wilson figures to be the team’s quarterback — and leader — for some time, too, considering his rookie contract cannot be renegotiated until after next season, and the organization is in terrific shape salary cap wise moving forward as a result of their QB’s 39th-highest salary on the roster.
The Seahawks’ window of opportunity to bring home a Super Bowl is probably as wide open as Sherman was on his game-changing interception return. Not that such a possibility means 2013 isn’t the season for Pete Carroll’s crew.
– Jason A. Churchill, 1090 The Fan
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