SEATTLE – In a shiny mint suit and black bow tie, Russell Wilson was overdressed for this gruesome affair. He looks like he’s going to a gala, with his sparkly shirt pins and patent leather shoes, instead of coming home in a row. If Wilson expected a celebration when he put on that suit, Monday night ended in a more subdued state of mind.
When the Denver Broncos quarterback played his first game with his new team in the city he moved to six months ago, it didn’t go his way at Lumen Field. Boohoo! He heard fans compare him to Alex Rodriguez from Seattle’s Bitter Star Rising Orchestra. He took a deal of 252 million dollars Two decades ago from the Texas Rangers. The “Let Russ Cook” signs have been amended to read “Let’s Cook Yourself”. Through it all, he played with incredible focus, shredding the Seattle Seahawks for 340 passing yards. In the end, there were five yards he wasn’t allowed to go that dominated the conversation.
Wilson watched from the sideline as Brandon McManus attempted the winning 64-yard field goal at the end. McManus missed it. The Seahawks won, 17-16, life in Wilson and after Wilson is guaranteed to be terrifying. 68,965 people chanted “Geno! Geno!” For Wilson’s old understudy, Geno Smith, who started his career at only 31 after spending eight years as a backup.
Still, Wilson called the night “special.” It was a very fitting description considering how he played Guest And Troublesome. One game, even this humdrum one, doesn’t define Denver’s season unless the Broncos let it. That said, they’ll need to act quickly to mitigate such a baffling defeat.
“We didn’t,” Wilson said. But there is more we can do,” he said.
In the record books, a season-opening road loss is considered typical for a team in transition with a new franchise player. But it will be remembered as the first game by any rookie head coach. Nathaniel Hackett still proves to be a gritty leader.. In a crunch time, Hackett put the football in the hands of one of the most clutch quarterbacks of all time. Instead of going for it on fourth down and 5 from Seattle’s 46-yard line, McManus opted to kick for the second-longest field goal in NFL history.
Wilson returned a 9-yard pass to Javonte Williams on third-and-14 with 1 minute, 11 seconds left. The Broncos still had three timeouts, and the entire playbook was stacked against them on a fourth-down attempt. But Hackett ran the clock down to 20 seconds before the team called a timeout to bring in McManus.
“That’s a long field goal to hit,” Hackett admitted in explaining the decision. “I think he’s capable of that, but obviously I wish we were closer. It put us in that strange position because we were in the home goal area, but we were fourth. On that one, we just made the decision that we wanted to take our shot there.
Despite 10 years in Seattle that won a Super Bowl and played in the Fall of Fame, Wilson wanted the Seahawks to trade him, mostly to escape coach Pete Carroll’s conservative offensive philosophy and play for a team that gave him more responsibility for deciding games. The arm. In his first game in a Broncos uniform, he commanded an offense that had 433 total yards. The young Green cornerback patiently carved out a defense. But at the conclusion of a final drive that could re-introduce his greatness, Wilson was a spectator. He was Russ, matured by the poor choice of an inexperienced head coach.
“I’m surprised they finally got Russ out there,” Carroll said.
To be fair, Hackett had two low-percentage options. An unlikely event was needed; Another historical adventurer asked. However, Wilson specialized in the former. Denver Seattle traded five draft picks and three players to get him. He negotiated before the start of this season A contract extension with Wilson worth up to $245 million It wouldn’t start for another two years. It’s in Denver to end the Broncos’ six-season playoff drought and return to perennial contention. In a sense, Hackett sounded off on the franchise’s earlier decision.
After that, Wilson didn’t question his coach.
“I believe in Coach Hackett,” Wilson said. “I believe in what we’re doing. I also don’t think it was a wrong decision. I think so [McManus] He can do it. [the kick]. In hindsight, he didn’t. But if we were in that situation again, I wouldn’t doubt whatever he decided.
Of course, if Wilson is in doubt after Week 1, the Broncos will be in crisis. It’s too soon for cracks to form. Although it is not too soon for diagnosis. Denver pulled off the trifecta of poor preparation and discipline. The team committed 12 free throws, failed to score on four trips into the red zone and had two fumbles when the ball was touched at the 1-yard line. In the second half alone, the Broncos made three drives inside the 10-yard line and came away with just three points.
“Bad case,” Hackett said of the botched murder. “It starts with me. I have to make sure we have a better plan now.”
Overall, the Breakup Bowl hinted that both the Seahawks and Wilson should be fine on their own. There’s little reason to think Wilson will slide into a team that’s still in prime form and has good talent and strong weapons. The Seahawks were the biggest question mark. They had to show life and promise as they rebuilt their roster. Even without Wilson, there is still some magic in the franchise. On Monday night, Smith gave an electric performance in the first half and completed 23 of 28 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
He left the field Declaring in an ESPN interviewThey wrote to me. But I didn’t write.
Later, he described his long journey from a supposed weaner to a renaissance startup: “I’m working on it now. I mean, ‘I never wrote again.’ I don’t hear things like that. I just do it. I know what is in me.”
At the end of the game, Wilson was quick to congratulate Smith after greeting Carroll at midfield. He then took a long, awkward walk to the visitors’ locker room. The lost locker room. He hoped that wearing that outfit would hide his frustration.
At the old team house, he said of the new team: “The best thing I told these guys is that we have to be consistent.
He repeated the adjective.
On Monday night, Wilson found closure. There is no time to revisit the old or celebrate the new. The season has begun, and so is the urgency.