Russell Wilson (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
After the Seattle Seahawks traded their all-time leading passer to the Denver Broncos this offseason and the quarterback made a disastrous return to Seattle on Monday, Murphy’s Law should Renamed Russell Wilson’s Law.
As the saying goes, everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Wilson wasn’t the main reason for the Broncos’ surprise 17-16 loss, but he certainly wasn’t enough to overcome their performance All questions. The mistakes made at each level are simply appalling.
Penalties, turnovers, turnovers, red zone impotence, clock management issues and shoddy communication all played in the results played a role.
Wilson is still a very good quarterback. But his former backup Jayno Smith outscored him for much of the game, especially in the first half. Wilson indicated that his transition to the new team will take longer than expected and that there will be significant difficulties along the way.
Still, the Broncos have a chance to win. However, first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett took the ball away from his quarterback in the fourth behind, making his first clutch call after inexplicably letting time. After going slowly.
Instead, Brandon McManus’ 64-yard attempt went left. The 31-year-old kicker has one of the strongest legs in the league, but he shouldn’t be put in that position. According to Football Outsiders, if the Broncos tried to pass the ball instead of shooting, their chances of winning the game would increase by nearly 30 percent. As ESPN’s Ed Werder noted, McManus is now one of eight when asked to convert kicks of 60 or more yards.
Broncos trade two first-round picks, two second-round picks, one fifth-rounder The draft pick, quarterback Drew Locke, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant won Super Bowl XLVIII and one of the league’s best players to create a fourth-round pick right now. Wilson is a franchise. He is the man who should lead the team to greater success.
None of this seemed to matter the first time the Broncos needed someone to do it and play and win. Frankly, everyone involved in this decision was embarrassed.
“I’m surprised they ended up taking Russ,” Seahawks head coach Petka Rolle told reporters after the game. “We didn’t think about field goals. We thought they would go. It gave us a chance to win in that game. Very lucky there.”
The clock continues (in your best Chris Berman voice) tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Denver got the ball with a minute left. The Broncos are eyeing fourth and fifth. The offensive team huddles, walks to the free throw line, runs the game clock all the way down, and calls a timeout. What a waste.
Nathaniel Hackett (Stephen Chambers/Getty Images)
Hackett later explained the reasoning behind his decision The reason will only make things worse.
“It was 4th and 6th for me at the time, we didn’t move it in big chunks, ‘ he told reporters. “I think we just dropped a dismissal before that, so I wanted to make sure we took it when we had the opportunity. And we have a lot of confidence in [McManus].”
Oh. The rookie head coach indirectly provided an indictment of his quarterback game without properly remembering the game order. Wilson was not fired for the third time. Instead, Javonte Williams had the biggest advantage of nine yards on Wilson’s swing pass. (That was after Williams dropped four yards on another reception and Wilson threw an incomplete result.) Afterwards, the quarterback went the corporate route.
Wilson said: “I don’t think it was the wrong decision to shoot. We had the best kick in the game. Baller.”
Wilson completed 69 percent of his passes and threw 340 years. Still, trying isn’t good enough. Even in the moments when the offense appears to be on track, his timing and touch aren’t everything.
The night was a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy. Even in that situation, Wilson miserably overturned the pass. When Wilson released the ball, Judy was three yards behind his guard. If rookie Coby Bryant — who didn’t turn his head in time to play — was not in screen range, the pitch could easily be deflected. Sports Center@Sports Center
Russ hooked up with Jerry Jeudy for his first TD as a Bronco 🤝
There were several other turnovers as Wilson attempted to push the ball off the court. The quarterback is known for his deep passing. However, this is not automatic. New receivers, new programs and limited reps mean players need time to stick together. Throughout the night, both Hackett and Wilson seemed to be struggling with a bet-by-bet mechanism. Multiple offenses did not enter the free throw line until less than 10 seconds left in the game.
Officials said the Broncos were penalized 12 times for 106 yards. Three of them happened to be wrong starts, and two games were delayed.
Denver did move the ball, even creating a penalty with an uphill run. The Broncos beat the Seahawks 433-253. Wilson and company were constantly at a standstill near the finish zone. Denver had the ball in the red zone four times and scored six points. The offense hit the 1-yard line twice and missed both times. Denver is the first team to do so in the past 35 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info. According to Pro Football Focus, the Broncos ran the ball 3 times in the red zone with a distance of minus 4 yards before contact. Ball safety is one thing. The offensive line being blown out of the scrimmage line will be a bigger problem as the season progresses.
On the defensive end, the Broncos don’t have many answers to the Seahawks’ many tight ends. The trio of Fant, Colby Parkinson and Will Disley completed eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Going against tight end should cause problems for Denver all season, as its linebackers can be exploited.
Geno Smith (left) and Russell Wilson (Jane Gershovich/Getty Images)
It all happened in Seattle. Yes, the story of Wilson’s return to the first 10 seasons will be in the headlines. But the reality may be much bleaker than Broncos loyalists would like to admit.
The Seahawks are not a good football team. Going into Monday’s game, they had one of the lowest winning totals. Smith far exceeded expectations and the defense flew to the football field. But Seattle is not like the killer line of the AFC West. Will Wilson be expected to compete with the Kansas City Chiefs? Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers and Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders, when he was just overtaken by his former backup? Basically, the Broncos will combine multiple draft assets, three contributors and a $245 million ‘s contract extension to become the third-best quarterback in the division. Denver has to rectify what went wrong in Monday’s game, and it needs everything to work, even competing with the AFC heavyweights. Wilson couldn’t do it alone.
Brent Sobleski covers the stand report for the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, @brentsobleski.