When the Denver Broncos acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks, it looked like Denver finally found their franchise quarterback. Wilson was seen as the “missing piece” to the offense and would be unstoppable with his new weapons.
Unfortunately, Wilson had the worst season of his career in Denver, and the Broncos had a bottom five offense in the NFL. There were many problems with the offense, starting with Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett’s offensive play calling was horrendous and held offense along with Russell Wilson back.
Hackett’s offense didn’t allow Wilson to showcase his mobility, which is the biggest asset to his game. Now I also believe that injuries played a huge role in Denver’s offensive struggles.
The good news for the Broncos is that when Jerry Rosburg took over as the interim head coach, Russell Wilson showed he can still play at an elite level.
Wilson shows improvement under Rosbur
Jerry Rosburg was named the interim head coach for the final two games of the season. In his short tenure turned things around immediately. He tailored the offense around Russell Wilson and emphasized his strengths. In his final two games, Wilson threw for over 500 yards and four touchdowns.
I was very happy with what I saw from Wilson. He showed that he can still perform like he did in Seattle. Battling through multiple injuries I believe that Russell Wilson is fixable and will return to his elite form in 2023.
Russell Wilson showed tremendous improvement under Jerry Rosburg, he can only get better under Sean Payton. Payton is one of the best offensive minds in the NFL and will design an offense around Wilson. Payton has emphasized that he will find what Wilson does well and use it in his offense.
Nathaniel Hackett wasn’t ready to become a head coach, which affected Russell Wilson. If there’s anyone who can fix Wilson it is Sean Payton. Denver’s new ownership have shown that they are willing to do what it takes to get Russell Wilson back to an elite level.