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2013 OPPONENT LOOK: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 21, 2013 – 5:13 pm

This past season Andrew Luck was routinely asked about his matchups with some of his fellow rookie signal callers.

First, it was the preseason contest against the Redskins and Robert Griffin III.

Regular season matchups followed against the Browns and Brandon Weeden and lastly with the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill.

Luck always downplayed facing the quarterbacks that share the same draft class and he will have to do that once more in 2013 when Seattle and Russell Wilson travel to Indianapolis next season.

Wilson was the final quarterback selected of the five mentioned above yet he delivered with a postseason run that was a mere seconds from a berth in the NFL Championship.

Seattle general manager John Schneider cracked a rye smile on Thursday morning when asked if he envisioned the season Wilson provided the Seahawks in his rookie campaign.

“We liked (Wilson) a lot, but for me to tell you that he was going to do what he did in his first year I would be lying to you,” Schneider said.

“I didn’t think it would happened this fast.”

Schneider said that the ‘poised, intelligent and accurate’ Wilson that the NFL saw this season carried the same attributes coming out of college, but foreseeing a season like this was hard to imagine.

This past year, Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and tossed 26 touchdowns, compared to just 10 interceptions.

His ability to escape pressure kept numerous plays alive for the Seahawks offense and he rushed for 489 yards in 2013.

Trying to protect dual-threat quarterbacks was a hot topic at the combine on Thursday and Schneider offered his opinion on Wilson.

“I think Russell is also a guy that can stay in the pocket, deliver the ball and deliver it on time and is a guy that has a unique way of finding passing lanes and throw it with timing,” Schneider said.

For Wilson, the next move in the offseason is taking some time away from the gridiron.

Since playing in the 2012 Rose Bowl, Wilson has been in non-stop football mode according to Schneider.

With three rookie quarterbacks experiencing the playoffs in their first years in the NFL, there seems to be a race brewing to who will get to the Super Bowl first.

Seattle and Wilson were the closest last season and now is striving for the next step.

“We are trying to do things better than anybody’s ever done,” Schneider said. “That’s our goal every single day.”


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