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Why did Russell Wilson play so much worse after the Seahawks trade?

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For the 10th time in 11 years, the Seahawks quarterback is a Pro Bowler. But for the first time in this span, that Pro Bowl QB is Geno Smith, not Russell Wilson. In fact, not only is Wilson no longer with Seattle, but his game is far from worthy of the Pro Bowl in 2022.

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Wilson’s first year with the Broncos was an absolute disaster in Denver, with the team laying off head coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday with two games left in his first season and their 4-11 record only helping the Seahawks, who own Denver’s best. two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft as part of their return to the Wilson trade.

Wilson has a career-worst 82.6 rating this season, has just 12 touchdowns for nine interceptions in 13 games, has battled multiple injuries, and leads the NFL in both sacks taken (49) and yardage. bag (319).

So what the hell is going on?

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a player fall this far this fast, especially a player of Russell Wilson’s stature,” said Chad Browna former Seahawks All-Pro linebacker who now co-hosts The Players Club on The Fan 104.3 FM in Denver, when he joined Seattle Sports’ Bump and Stacy on Tuesday.

Brown pointed out that Wilson brought habits to Denver that were small problems during his time in Seattle, and not only did they get worse, he added several major problems to them.

“He was on his way to the Hall of Fame. We were talking about he was going to be a guy with a gold jacket five years after his career ended, and now that’s all in doubt and in question because of the tenure here in Denver,” Brown said. “His footwork, which is one of the best parts of his game, has broken down. His ability to read progressions, his ability to take what the defense gives him – all those things have surfaced, which don’t “We didn’t have problems in Seattle. Then the problems that were in Seattle, like getting fired a lot, tending to hold the ball longer, looking for the big play, those only got worse in Denver.

“It’s kind of a double-edged sword. The problems that came from Seattle with him got worse, and then on top of that new problems arose. And for a guy starting to age, he’s lost not just one step, but from what I can see, probably two steps in his ability to navigate the pocket.

The issues with Wilson aren’t limited to the pitch. How his personality could rub his teammates the wrong way has long been wondered, with whispers coming out of the Seahawks locker room during his time in Seattle, which Brown said he mentioned on air after the Seahawks-Broncos trade in March. last.

“I did a coaching internship in Seattle when Russell Wilson was there, so I was aware of some of the conversations that some of these defensive guys, Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril and these guys , had about Russell Wilson, and some of the disconnect in the locker room with Russell Wilson,” Brown said. “So I talked about it on my show, ‘Hey, I know we’re all thrilled to have Russell Wilson here in Denver, but let’s not forget some of those things that plagued him in Seattle and some of the effects drive these things. had in that Seahawks locker room. But I didn’t think we would get this far where the coach is fired with a few games left in the season.

“…It’s gone so badly. I don’t think anyone could have predicted how badly it turned out. You know, I had some concerns, and I thought those concerns were warranted given Russell’s experience in Seattle and then Nathaniel Hackett not having any real head coaching experience with him, but man, it went so wrong.

The Broncos have a tough situation on their hands after signing Wilson to a five-year, $245 million extension, and it’s been bad enough that there’s been speculation they could cut Wilson and just eat. the huge amount of dead money that would cost. That being said, there is also still hope that the right coach can bring Wilson back to something resembling himself. One name that has come up is Sean Payton, the former New Orleans Saints coach who had great success with Drew Brees, someone Wilson admires as a fellow QB shorter by about 6 feet tall. high.

Well, maybe Broncos fans shouldn’t pin their hopes on that, because Brown doesn’t see Payton as the coach who can save the Broncos in this case.

“There are conversations about Sean Payton because Sean Payton was successful with Drew Brees, but that’s a misguided comparison because Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are completely different quarterbacks with different skill sets,” Brown said. “The only thing they have in common is they’re shorter quarterbacks, so bringing in Sean Payton because he had success with Drew Brees because somehow he’s going to have success with Russell Wilson, that’s a bit too far for me.”

You can hear the full conversation in the podcast below.

Learn more about the consequences of the Seahawks-Broncos trade

• Schlereth: What went wrong in the Broncos’ first season with Wilson
• Fann: Seahawks set to reap rewards from Broncos nightmare season
• Seahawks Draft: The status of their top four picks in 2023

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