Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson on Making Changes to his Process: ‘Absolutely Not’
If there was ever a game that a team had to win at Week 6, it would be this Denver Broncos . The Broncos are now at a crucial point in their season, with a Monday night Football road game at the Los Angeles Chargers the next on the agenda.
This could prove to be a turning point for the Broncos, if Russell Wilson is still able to play at a high level. Despite having some great talent, the Chargers have one of the worst NFL defenses.
Wilson may have seemed shaken at the podium following the Broncos’ Week 5 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but the next time we got to hear from the 11th-year veteran, he was singing a different tune. All the goals the Broncos set entering the 2022 season, despite the myopic situation they’re currently in, are still on the table at 2-3 and that’s what Wilson is focused on.
” I’ve been through tough times before and come out the other side–gone to playoffs and all the other great things,” Wilson stated on Friday. “All that we want is still within reach. We have to play great this week and keep going.”
Indeed, if Wilson is able to help turn things around in Denver, it won’t be the first time a season has opened with a whimper and closed with a bang. It has been a far too similar experience to the Joe Flacco-led Broncos teams of recent past. However, Wilson is a completely different animal than those quarterbacks who were meant to be a quick fix.
Denver tried to fix a broken bone by adding Flacco and Keenum. Neither the quarterbacks ever had the ability to manage a team.
Wilson wasn’t required to do this early in his career, but he did it during his time in Seattle. He has the track record and pedigree. Although it doesn’t mean Wilson will be able to lead the Broncos this season, he has the resume.
Maybe that’s why Wilson responded so definitively when asked whether he’d changed anything about his ‘process’ during this 11-day break between games.
“Absolutely not, no,” Wilson said. “No. I’ve been doing it for 10 years at a high level. I trust my process. I trust how I prepare. You’re also enduring physical pain. It’s all part of it. It’s football, and it’s what you love. It’s never supposed to be easy.”
Wilson is a nine-time Pro Bowler and the winningest quarterback in NFL history through his first 10 years (113 victories entering 2022). But his 10-year reign happened in another city.
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It’s possible that Wilson misjudged how challenging it would be to start over in a new NFL city, with new coaches, weapons, and teammates. This may be the main reason Wilson has struggled in his early years, but it’s not the only reason.
Wilson stated that there are not necessarily difficult parts. It’s just new parts. It’s the newness, it is figuring out all of the pieces and puzzles. You are trying to build a map. You are a puzzle builder. You are trying to put together all the pieces. Sometimes you need to search for the one piece that will help you get to where you want to go and where you want to go with your team. We are putting all those puzzle pieces together and I am looking forward to it. I don’t fear any obstacles. Many people believe that you get tight and worry more. I don’t worry, I don’t ever worry. “
If Wilson plays well and the Broncos beat the Chargers on Monday, much of the pressure from the thunderhead that has been following this team the past few weeks will be lifted. A win that is authoritative and features a Wilson performance would be a relief for many, not only in the Mile High City but across the NFL.
You know the old saying: If ‘ifs and buts’ were candy and nuts, everyone would have a happy Christmas.
Denver’s starting left guard Dalton Risner has a famous saying all his own: “Don’t talk about it, be about it.”
Indeed, Broncos Country is tired of hearing the talk and the promises of better things to come. Wilson needs to get out there and do it.
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