Russell Wilson on Broncos offense: ‘Potential doesn’t mean anything’

The Denver Broncos scored a touchdown on their first drive all season Sunday afternoon versus the Las Vegas Raiders, and then, in perfect sync with the rest of the season, things went from there.

Things started bright for the team and hot-seat owner Nathaniel Hackett, whose hope that handing playing duties to QB coach Clint Kubik would start the stalemate, inept offense, and short, breezy moment it seemed plausible that, in fact, would happen.

The Broncos drove 92 yards on seven plays on the game’s opening drive and took an early 7-0 lead. QB Russell Wilson was 3-3 in the series for 64 yards. They were clear, efficient and productive points. This has been taking advantage of the potential the unit has since Wilson’s arrival, but throughout the rest of the game there’s less of a capitalization and more potential.

If only Melvin Gordon hadn’t flopped. I wish Cortlandt Sutton hadn’t dropped that pass. If only the line hadn’t missed its mission and fired Wilson. If only there were not so many costly penalties.

If only.

The Broncos will never reach the end zone again this afternoon. The Raiders were able to make plays against a reliable Broncos defense that the Broncos offense couldn’t do against a usually unreliable Raiders defense. And that made all the difference.

Wilson, after the game, showed the worst body language he had displayed all season. He touched on the offense’s potential and what that means for the season.

“We have one of the best defenses in the world, and we have the ability to attack,” he said. But potential means nothing. It just means we haven’t done it yet.”

If one thing can be taken away from this matchup, it is that the debate over who is more responsible for the offense’s incompetence, Wilson or Hackett, appears to have been answered.

One play-calling change, and Wilson put up his best completion percentage of the season and throwing for 250 yards, which would have been more if not for some falls and penalties, such as Cortlandt Sutton being called for a double blind tackle in the second quarter.

However, if anyone could make a quick rebound on this team, Wilson was undoubtedly the most likely candidate. He came from a winning culture where play-offs were usually a given rather than a dream. The Broncos are a far cry from the 2015 Super Bowl champions and haven’t shared the same level of success. So, the situation is different, and Wilson addressed that.

“We’re in an operation,” he said. “We’re in the process of understanding the ‘winning’ journey and learning how to be the best throughout the entire game, learning how to sustain, grow and stay together.”

The fact that the games are so close to each contest may be more damaging than an old-fashioned blowout, according to Wilson. He’s been beaten to death by many sides, but the truth is, if the Broncos can only score 18 points in every game they lose, they’ll be 9-1. This reality is “what if”.

“These games are close,” said Wilson. “One match score…we have to be able to find ways to win it. It’s never good to lose, but it seems like it would be better if someone kicked our ass where we feel we can’t be in the game. It will definitely be tough in that sense.” “.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gotten much easier for the Broncos, who still have to play the two-time Kansas City Chiefs, lead AFC North Baltimore Ravens, and once again inconsistent and dangerous Los Angeles Chargers.

Wilson is right that a winning culture is completely absent from this franchise. The conclusion is almost unanimous that Nathaniel Hackett has done nothing to rectify this, and as such, he will almost certainly be removed from his main coaching duties, perhaps as early as Monday.

For the Walton-Penner ownership group and general manager George Paton, the next hire should undoubtedly be someone who can take steps to recreate the winning culture, because so far, it’s nowhere near as good as Colorado.

The good news is that Russell Wilson doesn’t seem to be the damaged goods Hackett has made him handle with his hideous game and offensive game management. The bad news is, Broncos Country still has seven more games to suffer from, and all the hype surrounding this offseason has been the biggest false promise since Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn first pitched the idea of ​​a Wedding Crashers sequel and then bailed.

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