Head coach Jim Harbaugh already talked about the strengths that Russell Wilson brings to the Seahawks. The last time the second-year QB was in Candlestick Park, it was a 13-6 49ers victory.
If the 49ers want to win this game, they're going to need to make sure the rushing lanes are consistent when attacking the quarterback. Wilson has had a knack to improvise on the fly if an initial play doesn't work. He has an agility to stay away from pressure while making plays with his arm.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the quarterback's intelligence and play making abilities are off the charts. He says Wilson always keeps his team in the game.
"The two best things that he does is that he’s a very mobile quarterback," Fangio said. "He can make plays with his feet and invariably he’s scrambled for some big plays. He does a really good job of throwing the ball in the seams and deep."
Wilson had one of his best games on Monday night against the Saints, which has been viewed as a good defense. New Orleans was focused on Marshawn Lynch and the running game, but the Seahawks were able to counter it with an air attack. With how Wilson has played this year, Fangio said he is a "legitimate" MVP candidate in the NFL.
The biggest praise about Wilson from the 49ers defensive coordinator was his underrated passing ability. People talk about his running and elusiveness, but the real strength lies with his confidence and approach to each game.
"Everybody thinks this guy’s a freak quarterback," Fangio said. "This guy’s just a really good quarterback who happens to be very fast, very quick and very elusive. He’s not just a guy that runs around. He’s a passer, too. He can run any offense and be a confident quarterback."
San Francisco will have its hands full on Sunday in defending the quarterback. The pass rushing from Ahmad Brooks, Justin Smith and Aldon Smith will be the most important thing to watch on defense.
"Wilson is a special player with his movement and his quarterback instincts," Fangio said. "He’s not just standing there and throwing it. He’s got great quarterback, football instincts.”