Denver Broncos Are Already Avoiding the Seahawks’ Biggest Mistake With Russell Wilson

The Denver Broncos changed the franchise’s fate after the surprising big-splash trade that land star quarterback Russell Wilson. The Broncos are moving full-fledged forward with Wilson as the focal point.

Denver is fully embracing giving the eight-time Pro Bowler a firm grasp over his new surroundings. Those parameters will quickly push the Broncos to avoid the crushing pitfalls that the Seahawks had with Wilson.

Broncos finally resolve quarterback dilemma with Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is introduced as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Russell Wilson during his introductory Denver Broncos press conference. | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

After years of struggling to fill the gaping void left by Peyton Manning, the Broncos finally landed their long-term answer.

Denver swung for the fences and landed one of the game’s top quarterbacks to lead the charge. Wilson is coming off an injury-plagued 2021 campaign, but a change of scenery could be what he needs.

The star quarterback’s arrival immediately shifts the game plan toward building around him to get the best chance to win. As the Broncos move forward with Wilson under center, the franchise is already avoiding the Seahawks’ biggest mistake.

Denver Broncos are already avoiding the Seahawks’ biggest mistake with Russell Wilson

The Broncos are chugging forward with a strong sense of direction with Russel Wilson sitting as the franchise cornerstone piece to build around.

First-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett is wasting no time underlining that Wilson will have a significant imprint on how the Broncos’ offense will look and operate.

“So once we get him in here and get to know him, we’ll get to understand him and build it around him,” Hackett said via Mike Klis of 9News in Denver So what is it going to be? It’s going to be what Russell likes to do.”

The Broncos want to avoid the Seahawks’ previous trappings they fell into with Wilson, where the team limited his involvement in the offensive game plan. The nine-time Pro Bowler finally looked like he was getting increased input in the offense over the first several weeks of the 2020 campaign. However, his second half of the season struggles led head coach Pete Carroll to cut back on those reigns.

Under Hackett, Denver will go full bore in giving Wilson all the comfort and control over the offense. That alone should smoothen the transition process for the star quarterback as he gets used to playing for another franchise alongside a new collection of talent.

Meanwhile, the offensive approach is a strong signal the franchise is trying to send that they want to extend his contract well past the 2023 season. The Broncos are saying all the right things, and it’s a matter of putting that all into action.

Broncos must continue to build the roster around their star quarterback

Although the Broncos have taken a significant step forward by acquiring Wilson, the task ahead remains quite challenging.

Denver plays in what may be the league’s toughest division, where all four teams could hold a legitimate shot at reaching the playoffs and venture further than that. Wilson is the starting point for the Broncos to build upon as he will resolve many of the previous offensive issues.

However, the front office needs to follow through on building around their star quarterback. Denver possesses a strong collection of skilled-position talent, starting with their wide receivers in Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Tim Patrick. Meanwhile, Running back Javonte Williams could become the lead back option, while possibly re-signing Melvin Gordon may be a critical move.

The Broncos are returning essentially the same group of defensive talent that finished last season third, allowing only 18.9 points per contest and eighth against the pass. Denver added to that effort by inking pass-rusher Randy Gregory to a five-year, $70 million deal.

Much work still lies ahead, but the franchise is fully committed to putting together a formidable roster around Wilson.

Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.

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