After trading for future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson during the 2022 offseason, the Denver Broncos had a disastrous 2022 campaign, finishing 5-12 and missing the playoffs.
After hiring former Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, they had some renewed hope for this season, but thus far they have won just four of nine games.
While Wilson, after an awful 2022 season, is playing well this year, at least statistically, it hasn’t really helped his team’s fortunes.
Per Zac Stevens, Wilson said that if he plays 20 seasons in the NFL and 19 of them are great, he won’t complain.
Russell Wilson: “If I can have 20 years and make 19 of them great, I wouldn’t complain”
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) November 16, 2023
Not too long ago, Wilson was considered an elite, or at least a near-elite, quarterback, and he was the face of the Seattle Seahawks from 2012 to 2021.
During his 10-year stint there, he was named to the Pro Bowl in all but one season, led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes in 2017, and won a Super Bowl championship during the 2013 season.
But amidst the struggles Denver has had since he arrived there, that portion of his career is starting to seem like ancient history.
Last season, the team’s offense was historically bad, and while its offense has improved somewhat this year, this time around it’s the defense that is holding it back.
The Broncos came into Thursday ranked dead last in both points and total yards given up, and infamously surrendered 70 points to the Miami Dolphins in a Week 3 loss.
If they are to resurrect their Super Bowl hopes, they may need an overhaul on both sides of the football this offseason while the soon-to-be 35-year-old Wilson is still able to play at a high level.