The last four weeks, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been playing at a ridiculous level. Bill Barnwell wrote about his string of performances, suggesting nobody is playing better than Wilson right now. Over the last four games, Wilson has completed 75 percent of his passes while averaging 9.9 yards per pass attempt, throwing 16 touchdown passes, and throwing zero interceptions.
The Seahawks have managed four straight wins in that stretch, starting against the San Francisco 49ers, and finishing recently against the Baltimore Ravens. Wilson has faced some blah defenses in that stretch, with the other two games featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Nonetheless, he deserves credit for a ridiculous stretch.
It should surprise nobody then that Seahawks fans are getting into a frenzy over Wilson's performances. I saw one person comparing Wilson to Steve Young, and then I came across this earlier this evening:
Seahawks fans gone done lost it pic.twitter.com/OsfZv2ui5e— Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) December 15, 2015
That caught my eye in part because of these two tweets earlier in the day
Here's how Russell Wilson's last four games stack up to Joe Montana's four Super Bowls. pic.twitter.com/itrcpSwahF— Bryan Frye (@LaverneusDingle) December 14, 2015
Russell Wilson's streak has been incredible, but I think I prefer this one. pic.twitter.com/gbtlVuzQBQ— Bryan Frye (@LaverneusDingle) December 14, 2015
Joe Montana had plenty of bad games, but he is the gold standard when it comes to Super Bowl quarterbacks. It's obviously not four games in a row like Wilson, but I think it is still fun to consider just how awesome Joe Montana was in the Super Bowl. Total adjusted yards and total adjusted yards per play are just two statistics from a wealth of metrics to consider (definitions here), but I don't think we need a lot more to know Joe Montana was damn good in the Super Bowl.
It is always an interesting discussion when it comes to passing games over the ages. On the one hand, rules have drastically swung in favor of quarterbacks and wide receivers, which inflates numbers. On the other hand, the salary cap era has changed competitive balance significantly. It's never going to be a perfect comparison, but it is still intriguing to look at Joe Montana's four-game Super Bowl stretch vs. Russell Wilson's current four-game regular season stretch.