Plays of the Game: Steelers Edition

We’ve seen Russell Wilson scramble like a KitchenAid, throw delicious deep balls, and stand in the pocket like the legendary quarterback he is. We’ve also seen him take league-high brutal beatings in seasons past. But let’s imagine for a second, Wilson taking his greatest disadvantage, a notoriously inconsistent offensive line, and turning that into his greatest asset. Walk with me on this journey.

Establish the Run™: A hill I will absolutely die on. Rhythm and cohesion have always been sluggish in the first half under head coach Pete Carroll and his brand of football. Run the ball to set up the pass, sometimes to the chagrin of Seahawks fans when three and outs become aplenty. Albeit maddening at times, the ability to pound the rock effectively can be an invaluable component of playing a complete game, especially whilst mitigating an unpredictable offensive line.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will often call a run in yardage situations that seem far from manageable. But, on this 1st and 19 in the first quarter of Sunday’s Week 2 contest in Pittsburgh, Chris Carson has a little help from his friends, Duane Brown and Mike Iupati, as they execute off-tackle power beautifully.

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Iupati makes a crucial block to open up a lane, while Brown essentially takes on the role of full back (long live the full back) to clear the rest of the way for a 21-yard gain.


Wilson has one of the prettiest deep balls in the game. Gift him a few glorious seconds of alone time in the pocket, or let him roll out while his receivers improvise, and Wilson will make secondaries pay with their pride.

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Enter stage right [Extremely Morgan Freeman voice] In a world where Russell Wilson fires the ball so expeditiously, the offensive line stands no chance to hold like a stage 5 clinger. Mere mortal defensive lineman beg for mercy as their swats and swim moves are rendered useless. Enter: The Quick-Passing Game.

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I am HELLA EXCITED that Wilson is showing to be the absolute football deity he is by wheelin’ and dealin’ the ball with sheer precision and vision. The man is certain of where the ball is going prior to the snap and trusts himself and his receivers without reservation.

In the third quarter, he threw for touchdowns on three consecutive series. Watch every pass from that span to see how each move he makes is intentional and allows him to throw an average of 1.89 seconds after the snap. Two of the incompletions come on scrambles, but one draws a defensive pass interference penalty.

A lack of indecision, unnecessary movements, or distractions is the name of his quick-passing game. Wilson’s focus and chemistry with his receivers on quick passes appear to be at an all-time high. This is the complete game plan that could allow Russell Wilson & Company to continue going 1-0 week after week.