The Broncos have a Russell-Wilson problem | arena

If Denver has a coaching vacancy as expected, who would want to take the responsibility to rectify this situation?

Often, in front of the entire company, whenever I’m trying to nudge my co-workers in the right direction, I’ll look for and yell at the best-paid employee I can find. As far as morale boost goes, this is the secret ingredient.

Broncos defenseman Mike Purcell and quarterback Russell Wilson, for example, tried to repress a moment during Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Panthers. As Purcell ran off the field, he yelled something into Wilson’s face mask as if Wilson had cut him off for the last mall parking spot. Wilson seemed to be nodding like someone nervously trying to wave off an office PajamaGram.

Even if these events were true, even if they were, and the clip on TV allowed our imaginations to take the whole moment out of context, why is Purcell trying to give his team a spark? Why is this the path he chose? Why isn’t Wilson yelling and screaming? Why doesn’t the guy who’s definitely not fireable until at least 2026 do something other than try to make himself look like he’s not the problem?

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These are the biggest questions for the future of the Broncos. While we all seem to have made up our minds about this current regime and are ready to dismiss it as a failure and watch them switch coaches after one season, we have yet to wonder who might want to inherit this mess.

To be clear, we are not advocating the dismissal of anyone. Nathaniel Hackett has taken a lot of the criticism this season, and in the eyes of most people paid to have an opinion on the NFL, he’ll be the one paying the price for it all. If you google “Fire Nathaniel Hackett” you might get as much reading as if you searched for “World Cup”. This idea isn’t new, it probably isn’t far-fetched, but it could ultimately be the path to prolonged misery in Denver.

If I were in a position of power with the Broncos, I would wonder what Wilson did to change the course of this season and what he did on previous stops when his back was against the wall. Forget about dressing and acting like the perfect host when there’s company around. What else can we expect from an investment that is literally 10 times the size we made in Hackett?

Ask any aspiring head coach about an NFL appearance and they will likely respond with some form of the sentence: Every rose has a thorn. There are only 32 of these jobs. Every team has a frustratingly intrusive owner, a totally non-existent fanbase, a jaded receptionist, or a shell of defense.

However, the Broncos are somewhat unique. Like the Browns, Cardinals, and Packers, the sheer weight of the quarterback contract compared to the relatively unproven nature of the existing coach makes these quarterbacks almost as powerful as the owners, as they could easily dictate the hiring and firing of another over their own performance. In many ways, that’s scarier and more ludicrous than the idea of ​​inheriting a Davis Mills or a Daniel Jones. There is no built-in trial and error period. There is a supposed standard.

In addition, aspiring coaches are great people watchers. I’ve written about this before, but when the quarterback leaves the room, what do other players do? What do you say? Is the exchange between Wilson and Purcell nothing or everything?

Earlier this week we saw the Jets’ Zach Wilson work his way out of a starting role in a long process cemented by his inability to take enough blame for an improper offensive performance. Ultimately, the idea that quarterbacks should be ridiculously and painfully contrite after losses is silly. As a country we really know how to play up that kind of self-flagellation and expect it from everyone but ourselves if you know what hits the fan.

And Russell Wilson has said to his credit what the Jets had hoped Zach Wilson would say on several occasions, like after the Colts’ loss two months ago. But for the price, the Broncos should expect—and get—more than the bare minimum. You should expect someone who holds his teammates so accountable that they don’t feel like taking matters into their own hands.

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