When the Denver Broncos traded for future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson during the offseason, fans of the team thought they were in for a serious run at the Super Bowl and perhaps the franchise’s fourth world championship.
Instead, they have been tortured by some abysmally bad offensive football.
Granted, they have dealt with some key injuries, including the ones to wide receivers Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy and running back Javonte Williams, but their problems have run deeper than who they have had available to play.
Denver is last in the NFL in points scored, and its ineptitude doesn’t stop there, as it has reached historic levels.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 30, 2022
The Broncos have been so bad offensively and so hard to watch that even their own fans have apologized to the rest of the NFL community on social media.
My Denver Broncos have recently participated in 2 of the ugliest NFL games in memory. Apologies
— Matthew Benson (@MatthewWBenson) October 7, 2022
Some fans are even regretting the Wilson trade.
Can we just send Russell Wilson back to Seattle , with a draft pick , ask for nothing in return. Pray they take him back , add an apology for all the hassle and move on from this colossal disaster and fire whoever initiated this terrible trade …..
— Alexander Delgado (@alex19gado) November 27, 2022
There Is Plenty Of Blame To Go Around
Wilson isn’t exactly playing the kind of football people have grown accustomed to seeing from him.
Through 10 games he has just 2,369 passing yards, eight touchdown passes and a passer rating of 82.3, as well as only 137 rushing yards on an average of 3.9 yards per carry.
It’s a far cry from the iteration of Wilson that led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory nine seasons ago.
Head coach Nathaniel Hackett has also been on the hot seat, dating back to Denver’s Week 1 fiasco when it let the clock run down while trailing by one late in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth down versus the Seahawks.
This is the first time he has held a head coaching job in the NFL after eight seasons of being an offensive coordinator for three teams.
But perhaps the brain trust of general manager George Paton, CEO Greg Penner and owner Rob Walton are most to blame for going ahead with trading five draft picks for a QB who appears to be over the hill and perhaps washed up.