Russell Wilson is the new face of a team that has one more Super Bowl win than losses. The Broncos hope he can take them back to the top, but it will be hard if they don’t figure out how to stop letting other teams score on their defense.
The Broncos of Denver have signed a quarterback. After Aaron Rodgers’ hopes came to an end, they turn and sign Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, in a gigantic blockbuster deal.
With the acquisition of Wilson, Denver has become a legitimate AFC contender, and the AFC West has become a lot more competitive in a matter of days. The Broncos went for the fences and brought in Wilson after years of uncertainty, frustration, and incompetence at quarterback.
The issue now is whether Wilson can emulate Peyton Manning’s success.
The Broncos are hoping Russell Wilson can repeat Peyton Manning’s accomplishments.
Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images
The Broncos are overjoyed to finally have a competent starting quarterback. Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Tim Tebow, Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jeff Driskel are just a few of the names on the list.
Denver was in severe need of a competent signal-caller, as everyone knew. Following Rodgers’ decision to return to Green Bay, the Broncos moved quickly to acquire Wilson in a huge deal.
Denver is suddenly in contention, and not only in the AFC West. Is Wilson capable of repeating Peyton Manning’s feats from years ago? That is the plan, and the Broncos already have a lot of the components in place. They didn’t need a quarterback, but they acquired one anyhow.
Remember, Manning was traded from the Indianapolis Colts to the Colorado Broncos for the first time in his career. He then went on to assist the Broncos win a Super Bowl before retiring.
The Broncos are banking on Wilson to accomplish exactly that, and the former Seahawks quarterback has even sought out to Manning.
Peyton Manning was contacted by the Broncos’ new quarterback, who conducted thorough study.
As I just reported on @nflnetwork Russell Wilson did a lot of research on the #broncos before being traded to Denver. That included recently reaching out to Peyton Manning multiple times. Picking Manning’s brain on the city, the organization & being the QB for the Broncos
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 14, 2022
Wilson had a feeling a move was on the way; it was only a question of when. So it’s not unexpected that he done his homework on the Broncos organization, which included interrogating Manning about his tenure in Denver.
The Broncos’ game plan also has an eerie similarity, according to Sports Illustrated’s Breer, Albert.
The Broncos boasted a lot of up-and-coming young talent players in 2012. (Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas). The ’22 team has a similar set of weapons (Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, K.J. Hamler, Albert Okwuegbunam, Javonte Williams).
With Bradley Chubb and Patrick Surtain II on the roster, the Broncos have a strong defense. It seems to be disturbingly similar to what Denver did to court Manning in 2012.
All that counts is that they achieve a comparable goal.
In an intriguing statistic, two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks led the way.
Most victories by a starting quarterback in his first ten seasons:
Peyton Manning 105 Russell Wilson 104 Tom Brady 97 Ben Roethlisberger 95 Matt Ryan 95 pic.twitter.com/lR2xUTK7Rr
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) March 8, 2022
Both Manning and Wilson had a successful first decade.
The former Wisconsin star had a successful career in Seattle, but his time there was coming to an end. Wilson’s debut press conference in Denver elicited the most enthusiastic responses from everyone, including new head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
Hackett has every right to be ecstatic, and the Broncos are hoping Wilson can help them win another Super Bowl.
Things should go well in Denver if Wilson can keep up the pace he’s set over the last ten years. Wilson might become the most popular Broncos player in recent memory if he can lead them to the promised land.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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A: Russell Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos signed him to a four-year, $87 million contract in March of 2018.