Originally posted by BKpower:
One thing I want to request from jonny and thl:
Russell Wilson has not looked good over the last few weeks, and I get a feeling it's because Wilson's pass protection has been pretty bad to outright terrible over his career so far. Do you thing there's been a disconnect between Russell's arms and legs that Kaepernick suffered earlier on in the season, up to the point that Russell has developed some bad habits over the last few weeks and that may be the downfall of the Seahawks come Sunday?
After watching their last few games, it's hard to gauge because he played good Dlines (ARI, STL) that can give many QBs trouble. You mentioned the Oline pass pro struggles and I agree that it can develop bad habits in a young QB. I don't know if it will lead to their downfall this Sunday, but I hope so. That internal clock seems to tick fast for RW, like many young QBs. SEA will often use passing formations that go 4 or 5 lined up wide and spread it out. My hypothesis is that it is to remove defenders from the middle of the field, setting up the scramble. Defenses may be less likely to blitz when they see 4 or 5 spread out (not bunched) so they rush 4. Then SEA uses 3 step or fast 5 step drop timing plays. With less defenders in the middle, RW seems encouraged to make one or two reads, then go into scramble mode.
To me, many times not keeping in extra blockers will foster a fast internal clock in a QB since the QB knows there's only 5 pass blockers, and shaky ones at that. Because RW is such a good scrambler, he is very willing to scramble. I question this strategy of SEA's. When the Oline is patchy, keep in an extra blocker as the norm instead of sending out 5 routes, in order to give your QB a little confidence and time. The disconnect you refer to is seen in many mobile QBs. When a QB can do two things (run or pass), it's harder for him to know which one to do in that millisecond.
He's not all bad, unfortunately. I can tell that he does recognize and understand defenses and he throws a nice catchable deep ball. He needs some legit, non-injured WR targets to help him out.