Comparing Russell Wilson To Drew Brees

There’s not really a whole lot to compare Russell Wilson to.  And, if you REALLY think about it, Drew Brees isn’t even a good example.  After all, he only played in one game his rookie season, and that wasn’t even a start.

But, here’s the thing:  whenever you hear people talk about Russell Wilson, you hear about how Drew Brees is his idol.  You hear about how he would watch tape of Brees and try to emulate him as best he could.  And, to borrow an oft-said phrase from John Clayton, let’s put it this way:  we as Seahawks fans would love nothing more than for Wilson to turn into the “next” Drew Brees.

So, for shits & giggles, let’s take a look at the two.  Russell Wilson in his first four starts vs. Drew Brees in his first four starts.

Russell Wilson

Game 1 (@ Arizona):  18 for 34 (52.9%), 153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 62.5 rating
Game 2 (vs. Dallas):  15 for 20 (75.0%), 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 112.7 rating
Game 3 (vs. Green Bay):  10 for 21 (47.6%), 130 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 99.3 rating
Game 4 (@ St. Louis):  17 for 25 (68.0%), 160 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, 45.8 rating

Total:  60 for 100 (60.0%), 594 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INT, 73.5 rating, 5.94 yards/attempt.

Drew Brees (2002 Regular Season)

Game 1 (@ Cincinnati):  15 for 19 (78.9%), 160 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 136.8 rating
Game 2 (vs. Houston):  15 for 28 (53.6%), 163 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 68.0 rating
Game 3 (@ Arizona):  17 for 31 (54.8%), 181 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 58.7 rating
Game 4 (vs. New England):  10 for 18 (55.6%), 104 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 91.0 rating

Total:  57 for 96 (59.4%), 608 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT, 83.2 rating, 6.33 yards/attempt.

Like I alluded to above, this is a meaningless exercise.  These numbers don’t have anything to do with one another.  Just because Russell Wilson’s numbers through four games are similar to Brees’ numbers through his first four games doesn’t mean that Wilson is going to turn into Brees.  But, it’s something to think about.

At the very least, think about these two things:

  1. Don’t expect much out of a quarterback – any quarterback – in his first few starts in the NFL, regardless of whether they’re a rookie or a 2nd year pro.
  2. All great quarterbacks start somewhere.  Even if that somewhere is kinda mediocre.

For the record, that San Diego team was kinda similiar to this Seahawks team.  These Seahawks probably have a better defense, but those Chargers had LaDainian Tomlinson.  They ended up starting Brees for three more seasons before letting him go to New Orleans where he became who he is today.

For even more shits & giggles, take a look at the following quarterback’s first four starts.  For the record, these games took place in 2006, in this particular player’s fourth NFL season:

Game 1 (@ Kansas City):  15 for 30 (50.0%), 198 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, 76.8 rating
Game 2 (vs. Oakland):  18 for 30 (60.0%), 176 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 87.6 rating
Game 3 (vs. St. Louis):  15 for 23 (65.2%), 161 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 114.6 rating
Game 4 (@ San Francisco):  19 for 31 (61.3%), 252 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INT, 69.0 rating

Total:  67 for 114 (58.8%), 787 yards, 8 TDs, 5 INT, 84.9 rating, 6.90 yards/attempt.

This player?  Seneca Wallace.  You want ceilings and floors?  I got ceilings and floors!  Oh boy, do I have some ceilings and floors for you.

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