The narrative is wrong: Russell Wilson makes questionable decisions, too

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[Update/Disclaimer: For people coming from the Tribune, I think you'll have to agree, too. For people coming over from Q13FOX, three quick things: 1) This link showed up in the comments of that article as a backtrack, not because I put it there. 2) If you're looking for serious Russell Wilson analysis, this is not the place. 3) That said, you might enjoy this one about how not to measure ROTY.]

Sunday’s playoff game between the Seahawks and the Redskins was billed as the matchup of dynamic first-year running quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III. The two obviously have a lot in common, but this post will highlight their widely-lauded decision-making abilities, with a critical focus on those of Wilson. I’m certainly not the first one to note his decision-making ability:

That success has plenty to do with the coaches and plenty to do with Wilson. It would not work without accuracy, athleticism, and excellent decision-making.

Wilson has sparkled in his rookie season, showing the kind of decision-making ability that belies his neophyte status.

By mobile QB standards, Wilson has a phenomenal health record and that’s largely based on his decision making when running.

“We have a front-line, first-rate quarterback going out there in these games and you’re seeing it,” Carroll said. “He’s balling. We trust him in his decision-making because he’s proven worthy of that.”

RGIII also received his share of accolades. After Washington’s victory over Philadelphia in Week 16, former Redskins GM Charley Casserly said of RGIII, “The thing that impressed me is decision-making.” I’m too lazy to find more quotes — over the past couple days, they’ve been buried under a deluge of quotes to the opposite effect — but they were definitely out there right until I started looking for them.

That all changed Sunday.

Ever since Trent Williams punched Richard Sherman in the face [link to the entire encounter from up close, with audio], Wilson has continued to garner praise from all corners. His jerseys are selling out all over Seattle. Meanwhile, RGIII’s decision-making has been questioned, to put things generously: He’s been hammered for staying in the game. He’s been hammered for his physical style of play. He’s been hammered for manipulating his coach. And all this after being hammered up and down FedEx Field by Bruce Irvin.

But that narrative — that Wilson is a great decision-maker, while RGIII is somehow suspect — is all wrong. Or at least, football decision-making ability does not necessarily translate to civilian decision-making abilitity. Turns out, Wilson’s not a guarantee to make the responsible decision either.

I recently came across an interview of Wilson included in the October issue of ESPN Magazine. One question in particular — really, his response to it — caught my eye:

ESPN: If you could go to dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

RW3: Michael Jackson. I’d go to Neverland.

He may still look like a teenager, but according to my calculation (and feel free to double-check that math), by the time Michael Jackson moved out of Neverland, Wilson was just barely seventeen. Come on, minor Russell Wilson. You should have known better than to follow Michael Jackson anywhere — much less to Neverland, given the nature of his legal troubles there.

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10 thoughts on “The narrative is wrong: Russell Wilson makes questionable decisions, too

  1. jim Johnson

    This has to be the worst, most mind numbingly pointless article I’ve ever read in my life. I don’t even know what your point was here? Please rethink your choice of a career.

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  2. Bruce

    Absolutely laughable article. Sure MJ was all jacked up in his mind, everybody knows that. I want to know how that diminishes the fact that he was one of the most successful artists of this generation. The 2 things are completely separate. Wilson wasn’t saying he wanted to hang with Jackson because he was a pedophile, he was simply acknowledging his brillance as an artist. This is something alot of people already acknowledge and apparently you don’t. So what you are really saying is that YOU are the one that views MJ as only a crazed sicko and you are somehow trying to say that Wilson should think the same way and be totally reviled by him. Many people feel that MJ was twisted but they can at least recognize his musical accomplishments for what they were. Stop trying to say everyone should feel about MJ the way YOU do. Stop trying to spin this non-story into something completely different. You are an example of all that is wrong with so called “journalism” today. I would not be surprised if your favorite NFL team has already been put out of the playoffs and you are pissed. Quit being a hater and I hope you have another job because the last thing we need is another hack trying to pass as someone we give a crap about.

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  3. D. Smith

    What is the point here? That a young Russell Wilson like MJ’s music and was a fan. Him and millions of others. What a ignorant website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • I think you are all taking the internet a little too seriously. Also, it’s not so much the being a fan of Michael Jackson, it’s the wish to go to Neverland. Then again, Russell looks about 15, so maybe he made it after all.

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