Because they’re non-traditional, mobile passers who were passed up by teams for lesser quarterbacks, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will forever be compared. Of course, that they play on rival teams only adds fervor the comparison. As a result, we get stellar comparisons like this one, provided by @TheBrettWise, a Wilson supporter.
— Brett Wise (@thebrettwise) May 2, 2013
ProFootball Focus (PFF) recently ranked the top 101 players of 2012, which has further fueled the fire.
According to PFF, Russell Wilson was the 23rd best player in the NFL last season., arguing that despite his early season struggles, “from Week 5 onward he was something else. With just five interceptions the remainder of the season (including one hail mary in the postseason) Wilson was efficient at times and dynamic at others as defenses struggled to get to grips with him. His 2012 season proved all the doubters wrong.”
Kaepernick, however, didn’t fare so well, garnering the 81st spot on the list. Though PFF conceded that Kaepernick was one of the most electrifying players in the league he simply didn’t play enough. “The only reason he didn’t feature more highly,” PFF reasoned, “is because of a lack of playing time.”
So, using PFF’s stats, I done a side by side comparison of the two quarterbacks. The only commentary provided, will be explanatory notes regarding the meaning of certain stats. Otherwise, I’ll leave it to you to decide who’s the better quarterback: Wilson or
These stats, unless noted otherwise, are provided by Pro Football Focus (PFF). All except Total QBR include playoff stats. Also note that I’ve provided three different quarterback rating. The traditional NFL model, which most agree is flawed (Read about it HERE). ESPN’s rating, which ”is a statistical measure that incorporates the contexts and details of those throws and what they mean for wins,” (Read about it HERE). And PFF’s rating, which is takes the traditional NFL formula and changes the statistical inputs (Read about it HERE).