Russell Wilson's Interceptions

Updated: May 8, 2020

Russell Wilson only threw 14 interceptable passes in 2019. Three of those were caught, two more interceptions came because of circumstances outside of his control. That meant Wilson had the fifth-best interceptable pass rate at 2.4% and was the second-luckiest quarterback with a 25% luck index score.


The first pass worthy of being picked off came in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson executes the play fake before looking for Tyler Lockett down the left sideline.Terrell Edmunds has good coverage and Wilson's pass hangs in the air. Edmunds knocks the ball away with his inside hand instead of attempting to intercept it with both of his hands. The ball was there to be caught.


Against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, Wilson had a similar problem when his deep pass toward Lockett hung up and arrived short. Vonn Bell doesn't read the ball to attack it at its highest point ahead of Lockett despite having the initial positioning advantage. Wilson is relying on Lockett's pass breakup to avoid a turnover.


There are three different components to this play. The first is the wide receiver at the top of the screen, he runs a lazy out route. This frees up Byron Murphy to freelance once the ball is thrown. The second is the pressure off the right side that forces Wilson to step up. The third is Wilson's bad footwork, which causes his pass to float. The combination of these three factors allows Murphy to jump in front of Wilson's pass intended for Will Dissly.


The Baltimore Ravens finally intercepted Wilson in Week 7. Marcus Peters jumped a late throw for the turnover.


After a bootleg, Wilson's pass is thrown behind his receiver. The defender has a chance to catch the ball into his chest but can't control it.


After escaping the pocket, Wilson flips the ball toward Jacob Hollister. He doesn't read that Jimmie Ward is breaking on the ball ahead of Hollister. His speed and more aggressive angle allows him to get two hands to the ball with a clean opportunity to catch it. He can't make the play though.


Fred Warner is content to knock this ball away on third down. It would have been a difficult interception but he was in the passing lane and the ball went straight to him. The velocity of the throw was what prevented the ball from being intercepted, but it was definitely a reckless throw from the quarterback.


Wilson feels the blitz and assumes the defense is playing a more aggressive man coverage. Instead, the defenders have sat off the underneath routes, meaning when Wilson tries to throw the wheel route down the sideline it's easily picked off.


On a Third-and-25 against the Eagles, Wilson makes an aggressive decision that backfires. He tries to force the ball into a tight window but his pass is too slow and arrives too far infield. One defender breaks on the ball to tip it into the air before a second catches it.


Tipped passes are put in their own category unless the quarterback made an egregious error. Tipped passes aren't considered to be the fault of the quarterback.


Anthony Harris breaks on this ball perfectly. Tyler Lockett tips it just before it gets to him. The ball still goes through Harris' chest, had it not been tipped it would have been an easy interception. There was still a chance Harris could have held it after the tip. Wilson relied on Lockett's intervention to prevent the turnover.


Trailing 21-3 at the end of the second quarter, within touching distance of field goal range, this wasn't a hail mary situation but Wilson was right to be aggressive. He had the chance to lead his receiver to space downfield by throwing the ball further inside/deeper/with a lower trajectory. His pass hung up for the defender to break on the ball outside instead.


At the end of the fourth quarter, Wilson was in a hail mary situation.


This quick out route almost turned into an interception when the ball went through the defender's hands.


In the playoffs, Wilson forced a ball to D.K. Metcalf late in the play when Jaire Alexander was covering him. Alexander had his eyes on the ball throughout the play and moved with Metcalf on his inside shoulder. When the pass was underthrown, Alexander broke on it first. Metcalf pulled him from behind and went through his body to break up the pass.


Malik Turner was Wilson's intended receiver on this crossing route. He overthrew the ball so it went straight to the defender waiting behind.

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