Geno Smith's star rises, while Russell Wilson's falls in new quarterback rankings
The Seattle Seahawks' Geno Smith had a big jump in The Athletic's Quarterback Tiers rankings this year. Meanwhile, former Seahawk-turned-Bronco Russell Wilson had the biggest drop in the history of the ratings.
Why it matters: While both players are ranked within Tier 3 — middle of the pack — it's good to be in the city with the quarterback who's on the upswing.
Details: The ratings are based on a survey of 50 NFL insiders, including general managers, coaches and executives.
- A Tier 1 quarterback's "team wins because of him," whereas Tier 3 quarterbacks need more assistance from their teammates on the field, The Athletic explains.
What they're saying: "Smith's year-over-year jump in average tier vote was the largest for any quarterback from last year," The Athletic wrote.
- Meanwhile, "Wilson's drop in average tier vote … is the largest one-year decline in the 10-year history of Quarterback Tiers."
Zoom in: Of Smith, a general manager who responded to the survey said, "Nobody would have guessed he would be a Pro Bowl quarterback last year," noting he has "solidified as a legitimate starter that you can win some games with."
- While Wilson still ranked higher overall than Smith, he was labeled as "out of shape" last year and having spent too much time "reading his own press clippings."
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