After inking a four-year deal in the offseason, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has turned in his best season as a pro thus far.
He’s tied his career-high for touchdown passes in a season, while throwing just seven interceptions and posting a whopping 110 quarterback rating. And he’s done that while being sacked 38 times, the third-most in the NFL.
So when Cleveland coach Mike Pettine was asked about Wilson’s standing in the NFL, here’s where he put him, per ESPN.
“Would you put him there with the guys that can transcend their supporting cast? The [Tom] Bradys, whether it’s Aaron Rodgers, [Drew] Brees, [Ben] Roethlisberger, the ones that you would consider the two, three, four elite guys? No. But he’s certainly played himself into that next tier,” Pettine said Wednesday.
No one knows where that next tier is, but what Wilson is doing in Seattle shouldn’t go unnoticed. His supporting cast isn’t nearly on Ben Roethlisberger’s level. He doesn’t have much of a run game to speak of, with Marshawn Lynch being banged up much of the year and Thomas Rawls now out for the season. And he definitely doesn’t have a receiver the talent level of Rob Gronkowski.
Whether he’s on that ‘elite’ level or not is unknown. What is known is that Wilson has lifted the once 0-4 Seahawks to just on the cusp of a playoff berth, holding an 8-5 record.