Every week Bill Belichick finds a way to be extra complimentary of his opponents. This week, his praise centered on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
The New England Patriots coach believes Wilson is “underrated by the media or the fans.”
He’s not wrong. Wilson hasn’t received a single MVP vote in his seven NFL seasons. It’s understandable why he hasn’t won the award, but the fact that he’s never even gotten a single vote? Blasphemous.
Since 2017, Wilson leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 104, which is 17 more than second place Tom Brady (87), according to ESPN Stats and Info. Also, he’s the only QB with 30-plus TDs in the last three years.
“He can do everything. He’s got obviously great leadership, playmaking skills. He plays very well in the most critical situations in the game. His decision-making, running, passing,” Belichick said.
Wilson also joined Steve Young as the only players in NFL history with 30,000+ passing yards and 4,000+ rushing yards in a career last week.
“His passing numbers are extraordinary. You can put him up against anybody since he’s been in the league — literally anybody, in almost any category,” Belichick said. “His winning percentage is impressive. He’s there for every game — never missed a game. He’s got a great ability to do the right thing at the right time. He has tremendous vision and sees the field extremely well.”
“I don’t think there’s a better deep-ball passer in the league, in terms of decision-making and accuracy. He attacks literally every inch of the field,” he added.
To say Belichick respects Wilson might be an understatement.
The Pats coach also says Wilson, LB Bobby Wagner and coach Pete Carroll are the Seahawks big three.
“Those three guys, you can’t really find a game that they don’t epitomize everything the Seahawks stand for and the success they’ve had,” he said. “I think the team really runs through those three guys. Their consistency and mental toughness and passion for the game is real impressive.”
Pregame of Seahawks-Patriots on Sunday Night Football this weekend starts on 750 The Game at 4 p.m.