If there is one guy I love to listen to when it comes to breaking down film it’s Greg Cosell. I love the fact that he broke down the film on Russell Wilson, as Wilson could be a big time undervalued fantasy QB this season. Greg was on with Rob Rang and Doug Farrar on KJR’s Chalk Talk program on Saturday and here’s what Greg thought of Wilson’s first 3 performances of the preseason:
“You’d be a fool, and I watched the tape, to not say that Russell Wilson was very, very impressive. There are always specific things that I look for, and there were a couple of plays that really stood out to me. He had a completion to [Anthony] McCoy, it was a great throw in the 2-minute [offense to end the first half], and it came against man-free for 22 yards. I thought that was a terrific throw; he actually looked left because he had the X-iso on his left, and he didn’t have it, and he came right back to McCoy in the middle of the field. It was a very tight throw, and that’s an NFL throw.”
“Overall, what really stands out to me about Wilson, which is essential if he’s to be an NFL starter, he’s very decisive with his reads and throws, so he does not hold the ball very long. The concern, when you’re 5’10 and a half, is that the pass rush gets too close to you and then you can’t see. He’s been extremely decisive in the preseason, and that’s all you can judge by. I don’t think anyone can sit here and say ‘this guy’s going to be a great NFL quarterback.’ No one knows that. I’ve watched the three games – that’s what shows up on film.”
Doug Farrar asks Cosell about how Pete Carroll wanted to see if Wilson would stand in the pocket and make all the throws. Here is how he responded:
“I thought this was his best game in that regard, and I started out by talking about how he still walks a fine line between running instincts and the structured pass game, and I’m glad to hear Pete Carroll say that because I like to think that every once in a while I know what I’m looking at, and that’s what I thought too.”
“I think the thing to me that’s been most, most impressive about Russell Wilson,” says Cosell, “and it’s what would make him a good player if he’s to become a starter and a good player, is the way he throws it from the pocket. Because, that’s what the position is.”
“No one is a great NFL quarterback because of the way they run around. Now, does running help you at times, sure, we’ve talked about that 31-yard run, those are great plays, no question. Those are those ‘spectacular’ plays that you see on SportsCenter a thousand times, so people see those plays and they get excited. You know, it’s the Michael Vick syndrome. But, the reason that Michael Vick has never developed into that really top-tier quarterback is that he’s never been able to throw consistently from the pocket. I would argue that Russell Wilson, in his rookie season, right now, is so far ahead of where Michael Vick was his rookie season coming out of Virginia Tech, throwing the ball from the pocket.”
Rob Rang and Doug Farrar have a great show going on and I highly recommend it. Here is another link to the show. Great for all NFL Fans.