Russell Wilson’s carefully curated character in step-lock gameplay
This NFL season has been defined by a lot of untraceable prime time games, and the biggest offender is undoubtedly the Denver Broncos. They appeared on national television four of the first six weeks, and were 1-3 of those appearances. Offense counted 16, 11, nine, and 16-point results in those four games while trailing 58-52.
The optimist says that losing three games for a total of seven points is bad luck, and that the rule of averages will correct itself throughout the season. How they found a way to lose – Nathaniel Hackett’s 64 yard erroneous effort against Seattle, Russell Wilson’s ill-timed tackles that gave Indianapolis lives and his teammates strangled the night Monday – definitely will not continue.
The defense was really good. They topped three and four in points and allowed measure respectively. They have a defense that overcomes the 5th hardest defense and are ranked 4th in the league. A few random breakouts here or there, and the record could easily be 4-2 instead of 2-4. Only two franchises under .500 in the top 10 are allowed this year: Denver and Jacksonville Jaguars. If that unit continues to harass the quarterbacks and is stopped, Denver is ripe to kill a bunch of Ws when (if?) the offense is right.
Realists, however, look at this team and the wave of hype that pervaded the start of the season and have always viewed this $245 million test as a failure. Wilson played like he just got out of the bathroom and didn’t want to sweat anymore. Hiring Hackett was supposed to encourage Aaron Rodgers to come to Mile High City, but psychedelic mushrooms are on the fall ballot in Colorado, and not currently in medical stations, so that telegraph plan has failed .
It begs the question why exactly was Hackett hired in the first place? There’s no accountability when you’re the offensive coordinator in Green Bay and Matt LeFleur calls the plays, and Rodgers and Davante Adams do them. The alternating cap and pullover combo makes Hackett look like someone you’ll see at the Municipal Market in Frisco on game day with a cart full of Tostitos, Velveeta, and ground rice trays, and he trains exercise as if he had a digestive tract full of fake cheese and red meat too.
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Hackett absolutely deserves a big chunk of the blame and he deserves it. That said, great QBs have demonstrated their ability to work under any manager. Rodgers single-handedly kept Mike McCarthy at work for many years. Justin Herbert’s trainer looks like, and takes the risk, a professional eSports gamer, but the old Duck overcame and then some.
After the latest inexplicable performance of offense, Wilson said the dressing room is still unified.
“We have no division in our dressing room. You’ve seen us play hard for each other. It’s not going our way, but people are fighting against their devastation every day. Our formation, receivers, backrunners, defences, linebacks, and safe positions and corners, everyone played for each other and we felt as if we were I won the game. We had a very lucky game late in the game, but right before that match we still felt as if we could have won the game. It didn’t work out, but everyone was still together, and we still believed in all that we could do. We have to find a way to keep making plays and scoring and do that. Late first quarter and second quarter to get all the way down there. That’s us. We have to carry that around at all times, and it couldn’t be less.”
I don’t know what game Russ is watching, but it feels like the outcome is destined to be a draw that prevents revenue. The Chargers are treating overtime as if 45 seconds are left on the clock and they’re still three points behind, with Herbert checking, knocking out the ball early or scrambling for his life every split second before turnover.
All Bronco had to do in the second half and OT scored more than once. That’s it. They don’t even need seven. One goal or safety is in another realm, and they come out there with a win. Wilson can talk about team unity and put his entire PR spin on it, but people don’t forget.
The Legion of Boom, and even members of the offensive, took issue with the quarterback’s manicured personality and leadership style while he was in Seattle, and some are still resentful about it. that. There’s a disgruntled co-worker with an ax to sharpen in every workplace, and jealousy and ego are what make up so many haters. When you have as much as Russ, though, it may not be the “common resentment” type.
Critics are saying he’s not the elusive, or scrambled player he was in Seattle, but Seahawk fans will be quick to point out that he’s the same person. He always shows himself as an excellent and professional teammate. He treats press conferences like deposits, with perfectly rehearsed answers, and it’s annoying. We all know someone like him, and those who act as if they have no flaws are the public’s favorite type of figure.
Russ needs to show some humanity, some fighting, and a personality. Lower your head and dive to find a tower. Prolong a play. Cuss in an interview. Stop relying on “Let’s ride.” Something, anything that makes himself endearing to his teammates, or legitimate cracks will appear. The play that best encapsulates what Broncos fans appreciate is that John Elway’s old ass is in danger of being paralyzed by Superman when he transforms into the three Packers in Super Bowl XXXII for the first time. Wilson sounds as if he’d rather record another TikTok than try that at this point in his career. He has 96 yards on the ground, being on a near-zero pace over last season’s 183-yard high, which was the lowest total of his career.
Football level in 2022 has been a shockingly bad performance wrapped in a mess. One of the two stat lines this season – 1,442 yards, five TDs, three picks, 58.6 vs 1,021 finish rate, five TDs, two picks, 67.3 per cent – belongs to Wilson and the other way belongs to Daniel Jones. (Dimes are the latter.)
Like a Peyton Manning, Wilson doesn’t even have to play well to win games against Denver’s superb defense. He just needs to be one step ahead of the heli spiral of death, and so far he hasn’t even managed that.