Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Corralling Russell Wilson
Every team in the league hopes to accomplish the goal of keeping Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson in check.
So far, not many have been successful.
Wilson has a rare blend of cat-like quickness, elite arm strength and a unique alertness that allows himself to buy enough time to make any throw necessary.
Bronco Country will probably condemn this writer, but he is not all that different from the legendary John Elway.
The tough task of keeping Wilson on lockdown will be a steep challenge for Denver’s defense, but they have the personnel to corral him.
Starters that were missing or not added yet on the defense when they played last can seemingly get it done by themselves.
Safeties T.J. Ward and Rahim Moore, cornerbacks Chris Harris. Jr., Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby, linebacker Von Miller, and defensive linemen Derek Wolfe and DeMarcus Ware will all be present in the rematch.
The Broncos did relatively struggled at keeping Andrew Luck and Alex Smith contained, and Wilson is the most skilled at running the ball and keeping plays alive out of the other two.
Watch for Denver to try and consistently create third down-and-long situations so Wilson’s running ability is nullified a bit.
Talib, Harris and Co. match up well with Seattle’s receiving core, and they will have their chances to make plays on the ball.
Creating turnovers off of Wilson is tough. He rarely commits costly mistakes and has only one fumble to his name this season. Edge rushers in Ware and Miller will try and change that, as they form a dangerous duo when coming after the passer.
With an infusion of athleticism and speed to their front seven, the Broncos now possess the tools necessary to cage the Elway-esque quarterback.
A different beast, however, awaits them behind Wilson.