New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reminds him of watching former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach.
Wilson led the Seahawks to a come-from-behind win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, despite throwing four interceptions. In the first possession of overtime, he threw a game-winning 35-yard touchdown.
"I can't really put it into words. Wilson's just got an instinctiveness. He just knows where people are," Belichick said. "It looks like he's going to get tackled and he doesn't. It kind of reminds (me) of watching Staubach. You think he doesn't see them, but he sees them or somehow he just knows they're there."
"He's got an uncanny sense of awareness of what's around him -- good or bad. I can't really define it. I don't know how you coach it; it's just an awareness that all great players have it. ... I think he just has it at a higher level. It's really impressive."
Staubach won two Super Bowls during his career and was a six-time Pro Bowler. Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach when Staubach played at Navy, and as a kid Belichick used to catch passes from the quarterback during practice.
Wilson, who is in his third year in the NFL, is a two-time Pro Bowler and is trying to help the Seahawks become the first team since the 2003 and 2004 Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
Seattle will play New England in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.
- Molly Geary