Russell Wilson has had a stretch that some statisticians have called the best four game stretch in NFL history. Over the last four games Wilson has completed 89 of 118 passes for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns without a single interception. Outside of his recent stretch of games he has been to two straight Super Bowls. With that type of resume, you think Russell Wilson would be considered elite? Not by Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine.
Mike Pettine talked to ESPN.com on Wednesday about Russell and here is what he had to say.
“Would you put him put there with the guys that can transcend their supporting cast? The 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 did go on to give Wilson an underhanded compliment though, by saying.
“He plays at a high level, he’s very productive and they win, now a lot of that I think is a function too is he’s the perfect quarterback for what they do. To me it goes both ways. They’ve also build it around him.”
It is true, the Seahawks have a very good supporting cast for Russell Wilson, something the Browns haven’t done for any of their quarterbacks ever.
The talk about elite quarterback gets tiring after a while. If we can’t give the “elite” tag to a quarterback who has went to the Super Bowl two consecutive years, who can you give it to?
The Cleveland Browns face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, coach Pettine will be able to see up close and personal if Russell Wilson is a top tier quarterback.