The Broncos have been in a playoff drought since the retirement of Peyton Manning. After seven seasons of poor quarterback play, they seemed to have struck gold with the acquisition of Russell Wilson this off-season.
Russell Wilson has arguably been a top quarterback in the league since his rookie season with the Seahawks. However, last season was a down year for Wilson. After missing two games due to having surgery on his finger, he ended the season with 3,113 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. Coaching had a large part in the low numbers as well. Pete Carroll seemed to want to run the ball more and pass less, despite having a top ten wide receiver in yards and two top ten wide receivers in touchdowns in the 2020 season.
Russell Wilson is coming into a young and hungry Broncos team. There is so much young potential on the team, from Jerry Jeudy to Pat Surtain II. The team also filled some holes with Randy Gregory, Kareem Jackson, and DJ Jones. While it’s not the best defense Wilson has ever had, it is serviceable. The offense, on the other hand, is arguably the best he has had in his career.
Plenty Of Weapons
The addition of Nathaniel Hackett as head coach will be very beneficial to Wilson. Hackett was the offensive coordinator for the Packers from 2019-2021, and during his time with them, he boosted the passing attack. While keeping the passing attack high and making Rodgers more efficient, Rodgers won back-to-back MVP awards during Hacketts ‘ year stint which ultimately landed him the job with Denver.
Russell Wilson has been all in with the team this off-season. He has had multiple teammates at his house, training on his miniature Broncos football field. Chemistry hasn’t looked this good since the sheriff was in town. Having everyone buy into the system can only breed success within the organization.
Wilson will be going from the 32nd ranked offensive line to the 16th ranked offensive line – according to PFF – which is a major upgrade! He’s coming into an established wide receiver core as well, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and KJ Hamler. Sutton led the team in receiving yards last season with 776 yards despite having poor quarterback play and returning from an ACL injury in 2020. Jeudy has been very lackluster thus far in his career, having just over 1,300 yards and only three touchdowns in his first two seasons. The team is hoping for a third-year breakout from the young receiver.
Russell Wilson Is A Winner
With the addition of all of these pieces to the Broncos, the question is can Russell Wilson push this team to a Super Bowl victory? I think it is a very high possibility within the next few years. I expect the Broncos will win or tie the AFC West this season, despite being the toughest division in the NFL. The Broncos have the 17th easiest strength of schedule according to Sharp football analysis.
Expect nothing but success from the Broncos while Wilson is under center. He has proved multiple times he is an elite, winning quarterback in the NFL. In his second and third seasons in the NFL, Wilson lead the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, winning one of them.
His ability to teach and his leadership are major keys to success within any organization. Wilson knows what it takes to get to the big dance, that’s why the Broncos will be Super Bowl champions at some point while he is with the organization. With that being said, Broncos Country, let’s Ride!