In the midst of the shutout performance by the Seattle defense, the first of the year for the Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll made a point after the game Sunday to praise his young quarterback.
Russell Wilson now is the only quarterback in NFL history to win 23 games in his first two NFL season. He also joined Dan Marino and Peyton Manning as he only quarterbacks ever to throw at least 50 touchdowns passes in their first two seasons.
“He’s so special,” Carroll said of Wilson. “He’s just a tremendous competitor and such a unique individual in that’s he able to do the kind of stuff with the names on this kind of list. And we still have game left [this season], so he’s going to keep going. There are markers this guy is going to continue to knock off.”
Wilson needs to throw three touchdown passes the rest of the way this season to move to No. 2 on the TDs list, passing Manning’s total of 52 his first two season at Indianapolis. Marino’s total of 68 TDs probably is out of reach.
Wilson also can pass the record of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White of 16 consecutive home victories to start his NFL career. Wilson has 14 now, but he can top White’s mark this season if the Seahawks win their final two home games and continue to win at home in the playoffs.
Wilson’s .767 winning percentage (23-7) is second among all active quarterbacks with at least 15 starts. Tom Brady is No. 1 with a .772 percentage.