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Russell Wilson Isn’t SUFFICIENT to Overcome Nathaniel Hackett, Broncos’ Deficiencies

Russell Wilson (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Murphy’s Law ought to be renamed Russell Wilson’s Law following the Seattle Seahawks traded their all-time leading passer to the Denver Broncos this offseason and the quarterback’s disastrous go back to Seattle on Monday.

Because the adage states, precisely what could fail did fail.

Wilson wasn’t the principal cause of the Broncos’ surprising 17-16 loss, but he certainly wasn’t enough to overcome all of the problems within their performance. The mistakes made at every level were simply staggering.

Penalties, miscues, turnovers, red-zone impotence, clock-management issues and shoddy communication all played a component in the results.

Wilson remains an excellent quarterback. But his former backup, Geno Smith, outplayed him for a substantial portion of the overall game, specially the first half. Wilson showed his transition to a fresh team will need longer than expected and show significant bumps on the way.

Despite everything, the Broncos still had to be able to win. First-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett, however, took the ball out of his quarterback’s practical fourth down with the overall game on the linehis first crucial callafter inexplicably letting the clock wind down.

Instead, Brandon McManus’ 64-yard attempt sailed wide left. The 31-year-old kicker has among the league’s strongest legs, but he must have never been put into that position. In accordance with Football Outsiders, the Broncos’ chances to win the overall game could have increased by nearly 30 percentage points should they had attempted a pass rather than field goal. As ESPN’s Ed Werder noted, McManus is currently among eight when asked to convert a kick of 60 or even more yards.

The Broncos traded two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant to obtain the Super Bowl XLVIII winner and something of the league’s best at creating in as soon as and also a fourth-round pick. Wilson may be the franchise. He’s the main one who’s likely to lead the team to greater success.

None of this appeared to matter the 1st time the Broncos needed you to definitely create a play and win a casino game. To be honest, it’s embarrassing for everybody mixed up in decision.

“I was surprised they took Russ out by the end,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters following the game. “We weren’t thinking field goal there. We were thinking these were going. It gave us an opportunity to win the overall game on that play. Very fortunate there.”

The clock continued to (in your very best Chris Berman voice) tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Denver had the ball with in regards to a minute to go. The Broncos stared at 4th-and-5. The offense huddled, visited the line, ran the play clock completely down and called timeout. Just what a waste.

Nathaniel Hackett (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Hackett only made matters worse afterward when he explained the real reason for his decision.

“Fourth-and-6 for me personally in those days, we weren’t moving it in big chunks,” he told reporters. “I believe we’d just abandoned a sack before that, therefore i wanted to be certain we took the opportunity whenever we had the opportunity. And we were confident in [McManus].”

D’oh. Rookie head coach indirectly provides indictment of his quarterback’s play without correctly remembering the sequence of plays. Wilson wasn’t sacked on third down. Instead, Javonte Williams had the drive’s biggest gain of nine yards on a swing pass from Wilson. (That came after Williams lost four yards on another reception and Wilson threw an incompletion.) Afterward, the quarterback toed the business line.

Said Wilson: “I don’t believe it was the incorrect decision to choose the field goal. We’ve the very best kicker in the overall game.”

Wilson completed 69 percent of his passes and threw for 340 years. Still, your time and effort wasn’t sufficient. Even yet in the moments once the offense seemingly got on the right track, his timing and touch weren’t all there.

The largest play of the night time was a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy. Even yet in that instance, Wilson woefully underthrew the pass. Jeudy was three yards behind his defender when Wilson released the ball. If rookie Coby Bryantwho didn’t turn his head with time to create a play on the ballhadn’t experienced coverage, the throw might have been easily deflected.

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Russ connects with Jerry Jeudy for his first TD as a Bronco

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A few other misses occurred when Wilson tried to push the ball down the field. The quarterback is well known for his deep passing. It isn’t automatic, though. New receivers, a fresh scheme and limited reps mean the players need time and energy to coalesce.

Through the entire night, Hackett and Wilson appeared to have a problem with the mechanics of down-by-down play-calling, too. The offense didn’t reach the line until there have been well under 10 seconds left on the play clock on numerous occasions.

Officials called 12 penalties on the Broncos for 106 yards. Three of these been false starts with two more delay of games.

Denver did move the ball, despite having the uphill climb the penalties created.

The Broncos outgained the Seahawks 433-253. Wilson and Co. continually stalled close to the end zone. Denver had the ball in debt zone four times and came away with six points. The offense reached the 1-yard line twice and fumbled both times. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info, Denver was the initial team to take action within the last 35 years. The Broncos ran the ball 3 x in debt zone and tallied minus-four yards before contact, per Pro Football Focus.

Ball security is a very important factor. An offensive line that gets blown off the type of scrimmage is a much bigger concern because the season progresses.

On defense, the Broncos didn’t have a lot of a remedy for the Seahawks’ large number of tight ends. The trio of Fant, Colby Parkinson and can Dissly combined to create eight catches for 102 yards and a set of touchdowns. Opposing tight ends should give Denver problems all season because its linebackers could be exploited.

Geno Smith (left) and Russell Wilson (Jane Gershovich/Getty Images)

All of this happened in Seattle. Yes, the story of Wilson’s go back to where he played his previous 10 seasons will capture headlines. However the reality could be much dimmer compared to the Broncos faithful may choose to acknowledge.

The Seahawks aren’t an excellent football team. Entering Monday’s contest, these were on the list of teams with the cheapest win totals. Smith played greater than expected, and the defense flew to the football. But Seattle isn’t anything just like the murderer’s row of the AFC West.

Can Wilson be likely to contend with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, LA Chargers’ Justin Herbert and NEVADA Raiders’ Derek Carr when he was just outdone by his former backup?

Essentially, the Broncos sank multiple draft assets, three contributors and a $245 million contract extension in to the division’s third-best quarterback. Denver must rectify the problems seen throughout Monday’s contest, and it’ll need everything to go to even contend with the AFC’s heavyweights. Wilson can’t take action alone.

Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @brentsobleski.

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