The Seahawks had more trouble with the Dolphins than most people probably imagined they would, but never count Russell Wilson out. Especially when it comes to leading game-winning drives in the fourth-quarter.
It wasn’t enough that Wilson led the Seahawks on a 14-play, 75-yard drive scoring drive Sunday in the final minutes. On the 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, the wide receiver revealed the quarterback improvised a bit, telling Sheil Kapadia for ESPN.com that the play was changed at the line of scrimmage before the snap.
“That was not the play call,” Baldwin said. “We had discussions before about what we were going to do if we had certain matchups that we liked, and it was actually not on that play.
“He just saw the situation that there was a matchup that he liked. He switched the play, and fortunately enough, Jermaine (Kearse) and myself were able to execute it at a high level. Russell did an excellent job of reading the defense and putting us in the best situation, making the call and then obviously delivering the ball so we could win the game.”
Wilson’s talent has been obvious for a long time. He’s already won a Super Bowl and played in another, even if an elite defense and strong ground attack were the focal points on those teams. However, being able to diagnose the opponents’ defense at the line of scrimmage and make changes based off of that often is what separates the good quarterbacks from the great.
And as we learned previously, Wilson did all of this on a bum ankle. The Seahawks may have only narrowly escaped a seemingly inferior Dolphins team by a final of 12-10, but the manner in which they won speaks volumes about the guy they’ve got at the helm in Seattle.