Inside The Bills

What accelerated QB Wilson’s learning curve

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2012 – 10:26 am

Most that knew Russell Wilson or played with the Seattle QB before he got to the NFL considered him a winner already. However, there’s no denying what helped Wilson acclimate himself to the NFL game and perform so effectively, so quickly.

Having played in a pair of different college offenses at N.C. State and Wisconsin exposed him to a lot of different terminology. Terminology he had to master rather quickly in one short summer prior to his final collegiate season at Wisconsin.

“He’s a smart guy,” said former N.C. State teammate and Bills WR T.J. Graham. “He’d have figured it out no matter what offense he was in. The Wisconsin offense he went in and took control of it. I heard he was there all the time, longer than coaches and worked on it and figured it out. He wasn’t going to let that opportunity slip.”

With three games left in his rookie season Wilson believes immersing himself in two different college offenses that came from pro-style origins was been extremely helpful.

“I definitely believe that,” he said via conference call this week. “Obviously, I played in the West Coast offense at N.C. State. I played in vertical play-action at Wisconsin, both pro-style games. That’s what’s really helped me in terms of the learning curve, if that’s what your asking. And just competing at the highest level.

“Coach Carroll always talks about competing and bringing it every single day and that’s what I try to do. I try to improve on three little things every single day to help me and once those things are knocked down, just keep going with it. That’s my focus.”

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