FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With his New England Patriots workforce getting ready to encounter the Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks on Sunday evening, mentor Bill Belichick is overtly questioning what everyone may be lacking with Wilson.
“Honestly, I assume he is in a way underrated by the media or the lovers, I do not know. But I never really see any one superior than this participant,” Belichick reported Thursday morning. “This man is a great player.”
Belichick normally provides verbal bouquets to opponents foremost up to game titles, but it is additional exceptional for him to do so in the context of media and fan notion.
Wilson, a 6-time Pro Bowler, has hardly ever gained a vote for the NFL’s Most Worthwhile Participant award.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Wilson sales opportunities the NFL with 104 landing passes because 2017 (Tom Brady is subsequent, at 87) and is the only quarterback with at minimum 30 passing touchdowns in just about every of the preceding three seasons. In the Seahawks’ period-opening gain around the Atlanta Falcons, he was 31-of-35 for 322 yards with 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
“He can do almost everything. He is bought clearly terrific leadership, playmaking expertise. He plays incredibly very well in the most essential conditions in the match. His final decision-producing, functioning, passing,” Belichick said, citing Wilson’s 4,022 career rushing yards and 30,056 passing yards.
“His passing quantities are incredible. You can place him up versus anyone considering the fact that he is been in the league — literally any individual, in almost any class, His winning proportion is extraordinary. He is there for each individual match — hardly ever skipped a recreation. He is bought a wonderful capability to do the suitable point at the proper time. He has huge vision and sees the industry extremely well.
“I do not assume there is a greater deep-ball passer in the league, in terms of selection-making and accuracy. He attacks virtually just about every inch of the field.”
Sunday night time will mark just the fourth time that New England faces Wilson, which incorporates Super Bowl XLIX, when Wilson was intercepted at the objective line by cornerback Malcolm Butler to seal the Patriots’ victory.
Wilson led the Seahawks to a 24-23 win around the Patriots in Seattle on Oct. 14, 2012, all through his rookie period. He also assisted Seattle to a 31-24 victory in New England on Nov. 13, 2016, a game Belichick referred to as just one of the most competitive he has been a portion of in his coaching tenure.
Belichick shared his respect for the Seahawks, stating Wilson was portion of a “large 3” that contains coach Pete Carroll and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
“Those people three fellas, you are unable to really obtain a video game that they really don’t epitomize every thing the Seahawks stand for and the achievements they have experienced,” Belichick explained. “I feel the team truly operates by way of individuals 3 guys. Their regularity and mental toughness and enthusiasm for the game is real impressive.”