There are already too many eerie similarities between Wilson and Tom Brady to think Wilson isn’t embarking on a career that could one day compare favorably with that of the New England Patriots legend. Both quarterbacks were largely overlooked coming out of college (with Wilson falling into the third round of the 2012 draft and Brady famously lasting until the sixth round of the 2000 draft). They also won their first Super Bowl in their second seasons, as Wilson just led Seattle to a victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson also has a strong defense and running game around him, which were the very assets that helped Brady blossom in his early years.
Chadiha says the Patriots didn’t turn Brady loose right away. He was slowly brought along as a passer the way Wilson has been.
It’s still doubtful that Wilson will be hoisting as many Lombardi trophies as Brady did at the start of his New England career — the Patriots won three Super Bowls in the quarterback’s first four seasons as a starter — but that doesn’t mean greatness isn’t in his future. Wilson already has been named to two Pro Bowls and proved himself to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. As much as his current success still revolves around being an exceptionally talented game manager, you can’t argue that the potential isn’t there for bigger things. Brady was just as limited in the initial stages of his time in New England, right before the Patriots turned him loose on the NFL.
Many people tend to forget that aspect of Brady’s brilliance. He didn’t become the dominant quarterback he is today until after the Patriots won those three Super Bowls between the 2001 and 2004 seasons. Brady didn’t even throw for 4,000 yards until his fifth year starting. He also didn’t surpass the 30-touchdown mark until 2007, when he set a then-league record with 50 scoring passes.
Below is my take on Chadiha’s article.