Englewood, Colorado. Eight games in quarterback Russell Wilson’s tenure with the Denver Broncos, his team racked up three wins, threw six touchdowns and was the subject of countless social media posts.
In short, it’s the face that has fired thousands of memes, with a digital focus point on nearly every word or incompleteness he throws.
“Listen, you just realize how the world works,” Wilson said recently. But that’s as close as Wilson has been, at least in public, to acknowledging the hurricane of words that has seemed to follow him since the “Let’s Ride” video all started in August.
“I think more than anything, I was just trying to focus on our team and focus on improving as a group and not worry about outside noise,” Wilson said. “The thing is that we control the outside with our way of playing. This is for everyone. This starts with me and it starts with the whole team and our coaches.”
The Broncos went to the farewell this week benefiting from a last-minute win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. But the Broncos still have the second-worst offensive in the NFL (behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers and rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett), the red-zone’s worst attack and the second-worst third-place attack.
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Wilson, who signed a $245 million contract just before the start of the regular season, is in the midst of a constant barrage of criticism, analysis and ridicule.
Between the Let’s Ride tagline, the Blood Wolverine joke and the infamous Subway sandwich campaign, there was no shortage of viral moments for Wilson.
And when asked about the flight to England last week, his plane routine became the latest.
“What was it? Eight hours to fly here. The first two hours, I was watching a movie, watching all the cutouts and everything else. For the next four hours, I was being treated on the plane. I was walking up and down the aisles. Everyone got kicked out,” said Wilson. Else. I was doing my knees high, working my legs and everything else, making sure I was ready to rock.”
George Patton, general manager of Broncos, described the synchronized swirl around his first-year coach, Nathaniel Hackett, and Wilson as “unprecedented” in some ways given that the Broncos have played primetime four times to go with the London Independent Match of the year. The first eight weeks of the season.
“He’s an amazing human being from that point of view,” Hackett said when asked how Wilson handled the noise around the team. “Everyone says what they want. They say what they want. That’s part of this game. It comes with the territory. As a head coach, as a midfielder, you always get that, especially if you don’t win, especially if the offense doesn’t look good, as if you didn’t. like that.
But given that Wilson has made no secret of his desire to win multiple Super Bowls in Denver, all eyes are on him.
“My goal is to play another 10 or 12 years and hopefully win three or four more Super Bowls. That’s the plan. That’s the mindset. That’s why I came here, and hopefully I can finish my career here, finish top as a champion and do it a few times.” ,” he said when it was first introduced in Denver.
“You love everything about this guy, his leadership, his work ethic, his toughness, and we’re going to make it clear and put him in the best positions to succeed and do the things he’s most comfortable with,” Hackett said in recent weeks.
Hackett and Wilson have publicly supported each other as Button, even as he traded off linebacker Bradley Chubb on Tuesday, said he believes in Hackett, the coaching staff and what the team can do in nine games after the farewell.
“We’re in the long haul with Ross,” Patton said in London.
There was also a moment on Sunday, after Wilson threw his fourth interception of the season on his second pass attempt in the game, when Hackett quickly went to the quarterback on the sidelines and told him to “take a breath, breathe.”
“I somewhat agree with Russell that he doesn’t necessarily push, but he always tries to make a play,” Hackett said on Tuesday when asked about the side discussion. This is his mentality and this is the mentality of the greats. [mentality] Players who have played a long time in this league and dropped a lot of yards. They are always looking for those big plays. As we work together, I learn more when he’s trying to find those, what he can do to get those, and I’m trying to create those for him. ”
However, the schedule still stands, including two games against a team undefeated since 2015 – the Kansas City Chiefs – to go in road games against the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams. Wilson’s slogans of “firm faith” and “storms don’t last” will be tested in every way.
“It hasn’t come off yet the way we wanted as a collegiate,” Wilson said. “Like I said, it starts day by day. You cannot build everything in one day.”