With the post-Peyton Manning era not going as planned and a star quarterback sorely required in the Mile High City, the Denver Broncos decided to switch things up last year.
The Broncos executed a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire superstar Russell Wilson, which was supposed to be a game-changing move for the struggling organization.
Wilson, however, did not impress in his first season with the Broncos, as he appeared to be an entirely different player who had lost a step or two.
Last season, the Broncos finished 5-12, with a dismal future ahead of them with Wilson at quarterback.
With new head coach Sean Payton in place in Denver, many have begun to change their tune and expect Wilson will return to form, but as Nick Wright stated on First Things First, he does not see that happening.
Expect Russ to have a bounce-back season?
“Do I think Russell Wilson is going to be one of the 3 or 4 worst QBs in the league like he was last year? No. But bounce back implies anywhere close to the player he was the first 9 years of his career no.” @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/6JQdgZgx2w
First Things First (@FTFonFS1) August 3, 2023
Wilson’s potential bounce-back season cannot be disregarded since a great coach can bring out the best in a player, especially one who has been successful in Seattle for a long time.
However, as Wright points out, Wilson bouncing back after plainly displaying indications of decline at this point in his career is a difficult order, since no coach can stop Father Time from doing irreversible damage.
Although the Broncos will almost certainly be better next season, it is difficult to imagine Wilson returning to his superstar form, given his finest days in the game are likely behind him.