Bill Belichick is known for praising players on the opposite team heading into games, but he took things a step further Thursday when asked about Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
"Honestly, I think he's in a way underrated by the media or the fans, I don't know. But I don't really see anybody better than this player," he said via video conference. "This guy is a tremendous player."
Although Wilson is a seven-time Pro Bowler, he’s never received a MVP vote. He leads the NFL with 104 touchdown passes since 2017, and is the only quarterback with at least 30 passing touchdowns over the last three seasons. In addition to his throwing ability, he’s always a threat to make plays with his feet.
Wilson is coming of a solid Week 1 performance against Atlanta where he was 31-of-35 passing for 322 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
"He can do everything. He's got obviously great leadership, playmaking skills. He plays very well in the most critical situations in the game. His decision-making, running, passing," Belichick said. "His passing numbers are extraordinary. You can put him up against anybody since he's been in the league -- literally anybody, in almost any category, His winning percentage is impressive. He's there for every game -- never missed a game. He's got a great ability to do the right thing at the right time. He has tremendous vision, and sees the field extremely well.
"I don't think there's a better deep-ball passer in the league, in terms of decision-making and accuracy. He attacks literally every inch of the field."
Including Super Bowl XLIX, Sunday will be just the fourth time Wilson has faced Belichick and the Patriots.
Seattle has won two of the previous three meetings.