The Denver Broncos recently fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett, and Russell Wilson has opened up about his negative emotions on the decision.
The Denver Broncos have quite a bit of work to do, and they recently made a huge move toward a new regime by firing head coach Nathaniel Hackett. While many have been upset with quarterback Russell Wilson, Wilson expressed that he’s upset with himself for Hackett’s fate.
His statement of wishing that he’d played better for Hackett is particularly cutting as he’s currently having one of the worst seasons of his career. After being a reliable veteran with the Seattle Seahawks for 10 seasons, he’s just not living up to his best potential in Denver this season.
The Broncos sit last in the AFC West with a 4-11 record and currently have the lowest-scoring offense in the league. They need a quarterback who will be able to help the team, but unfortunately, they may be stuck with Wilson for a while as they’d have $107 million of dead cap if they cut him now.
Given Wilson’s history, however, there’s still hope that this is just a rough season.
Broncos QB Russell Wilson may not be a lost cause yet
While it may feel impossible to have any hope in Wilson, he’s played extremely well in the past and has potential to do so again.
Wilson didn’t have a great season in 2021-22 and began to show signs of decline, but in his years prior, particularly 2020-21, were pretty strong. In the 2020 season, he had 384 completions, a completion percentage of 68.8, 4,212 total yards, an average of 7.5 yards per pass and 40 touchdowns.
He tied Tom Brady that season for second-most touchdowns in the league. Wilson may appear to be losing steam, and he very well could be on a decline in performance. However, it’s too soon to tell as there are factors that could be contributing to a lack in performance (such as playing for a new team for the first time in his career).
Hopefully Wilson can turn this around. A Hall-of-Fame talent rarely suffers from such a career turnaround.