Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks to Cap Russell Wilson’s Pass Attempts?


Last year, the Seattle Seahawks emerged as one of the premier teams in the NFL and much of the success came behind the arm (and legs) of quarterback Russell Wilson.

A Pro-Bowl selection during his rookie season, Wilson tied Peyton Manning‘s record for touchdown’s thrown by a first year player with 26 and lead the Hawks into the playoffs.

Now entering his second season, it’s expected that the Seahawks will cap Wilson’s pass attempts per game to around 26-28, this according to ESPN’s John Clayton who made the comment during a mailbag answer.

Per Clayton:

I think Andrew Luck will have the best improvement in stats. Russell Wilson isn’t going to throw many more than 26 to 28 passes a game. Robert Griffin III should be a little better with the stats, but he is still coming off a knee injury. Let’s hope there aren’t any setbacks. Luck is changing a lot of things. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is calling for more three-step drops and shorter, safer passes. Luck led the NFL with attempts longer than 10 yards and attempts longer than 20 yards in the air. He had a lot of low-percentage attempts, which put him at that 54 percent level. I can see Luck completing more than 60 percent of his passes.

It’s a pretty low number in today’s NFL, but it’s still a small increase over the 24.5 Wilson threw last season.

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  • Adam D. Huntley

    I can live with 26 to 28 attempts as long as he’s (and our receiving corps) are up to the task in completing 20 to 24 of those and Lynch has 150/game on the ground.

  • Brian Hanson

    Key number is less than 30 attempts a game. Seahawks are still a run first Offense.

  • Ben Peterson

    I don’t see a strict cap, but he won’t pass more than needed.