Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson might not only take home the MVP award this season, he might also walk away with the assistant coach of the year award, too. Wilson reportedly led a touchdown drive during Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns after the in-helmet communication system failed, according to Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest.
That system failed as Wilson was leading a touchdown drive in the third quarter. Fann initially said the communication failure occurred at the end of the first half, but later clarified his tweet. Wilson reportedly called four plays without offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Those plays included a 3-yard run by Wilson, two 11-yard passes and a 25-yard run by Chris Carson.
Wilson said he didn’t panic when the headsets went out. Wilson said he knew the game plan, and understood how Schottenheimer wanted to attack Cleveland’s defense, according to Fann.
"There's no need to," Wilson said. "Schotty and I are so close, understanding what we want to do and how we want to attack a defense. I've been playing this game for a while. It's good to continue to keep the pressure on the defense."
It helps that Wilson’s head coach, Pete Carroll, was totally fine with Wilson calling plays.
Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson's helmet speaker/play call comms with Schottenheimer going on, QB leading a #Seahawks TD drive in CLE: "I was fired up. I was fired up for him. He lives for those opportunities."— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 14, 2019
Wilson also said the headsets were out for “a series or two,” but Fann wasn’t able to confirm the other drive in which Wilson may have called plays.
The 30-year-old Wilson has put up excellent numbers to start the season. Through six games, Wilson has thrown 14 touchdowns against 0 interceptions. He’s also racked up 151 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns. That performance has some suggesting Wilson is the frontrunner for MVP this season.
There’s still plenty of season to go, so don’t crown Wilson just yet. Still, given his consistency and strong play over the years, it would come as no surprise if Wilson took home his first MVP award. It should also not come as a shock that Wilson can run an offense on his own.
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