Peyton Manning Is Eager to Watch Russell Wilson Cook With the Broncos

The Russell Wilson era is essentially officially underway in Denver, and former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning couldn’t be happier.

The Broncos spent six seasons trying to find a proper successor for Manning, who retired in March 2016 following a Super Bowl 50 victory. Drew Lock didn’t pan out, Joe Flacco couldn’t stay healthy, and the less said about Paxton Lynch, the better.

We apologize to Broncos fans for mentioning Paxton Lynch.

So, here we are in the spring of 2022. Wilson, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, is now the man in Denver. Although he’s still several months away from making his regular-season debut, the Seattle Seahawks legend has already done enough to leave Manning feeling confident.

In a recent interview with the Denver Broncos’ Aric DiLalla, Manning said he believes Wilson is off to a “fast start” in part because the 2019 All-Pro selection and head coach Nathaniel Hackett are each new to Denver. The Broncos hired Hackett, who spent the last three seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator, after firing Vic Fangio in January.

“I do think it’s an advantage for Russell to be coming in with a new coaching staff, because everybody’s learning, and Russell is going to know this offense better than anybody. So he’s going to be in teaching mode, as well. If you’re a new player and you’re catching up to everybody else in a leadership position, that can be difficult.”

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Wilson, who will turn 34 in November, held throwing sessions with his new teammates before offseason workouts began in April. A group of Broncos players, including receiver Courtland Sutton and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, trained at the quarterback’s personal compound in San Diego.

Manning, who played for the Broncos from 2012-15, held similar offseason workouts in Durham, North Carolina, during his own career.

“I think Russell’s at a real advantage where they’re learning Coach [Nathaniel] Hackett’s offense together, figuring out what works and what doesn’t work,” Manning said.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (L) and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in 2014.
Peyton Manning (L) certainly sounds excited to watch Russell Wilson play for the Denver Broncos | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Manning isn’t the only one who has high expectations for the Wilson era. According to Odds Shark, the Broncos’ +1600 (bet $100 and win $1700) odds of winning Super Bowl 57 ranked fourth in the AFC as of May 6, 2022. Denver ranked higher than the new-look Cleveland Browns (+1700) and Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals (+1800).

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, they’re one of six teams with +10000 odds to win the Super Bowl. Something tells us that not even potentially acquiring Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will put the Super Bowl 48 champions in a position to enjoy another title parade.

At least Broncos fans will likely never have to think about Paxton Lynch again.

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