Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is already enjoying playing with his new team at the Denver Broncos. While the 33-year-old has publicly praised his new team, some of his comments also seem to take a shot at his previous franchise and front office.
Wilson spoke to reporters as he hosted his own football camp, Russell Wilson Passing Academy, on Friday. Corresponding Zac Stevens With DNVR, Wilson made it clear why he wanted to play with the Broncos when speaking about the team.
“I said, ‘Hey, listen, I want to make sure I go to a city that wants to win. I want to make sure I go to a team that wants to win. And I want to go to a city that knows how to win,” Wilson said. “And all of those three things have been ticked off here in Denver, and I think we have a chance.”
Those comments rubbed Seahawks fans the wrong way in the answerswith the quote implying that Wilson didn’t think the team or the city of Seattle wanted to win with him as quarterback.
Despite Wilson’s comments that the Broncos wanted to win or knew how to win, the Seahawks won a lot during the Wilson era.
In 158 games as a Seattle starter, Wilson led the Seahawks to an impressive 104-53-1 record. His 104 wins since 2012 is the second-highest for any quarterback in the NFL, behind only Tom Brady and ahead of the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.
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While the Seahawks haven’t had as much postseason success during this period, Wilson has still won 9-7 in the playoffs with back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Wilson also helped lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Wilson also had many personal successes in Seattle. The 33-year-old is a nine-time Pro Bowler, including five straight through 2022, and was also named a second-team All-Pro in 2019. His leadership and contribution on and off the field also helped him win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2020 and the Bart Starr Award in 2022.
Despite missing the 2021 playoffs and sustaining a finger injury, Wilson enjoyed plenty of wins in Seattle.
With Wilson now in Denver, the Seahawks have two frontrunners to step into the 2022 season as the team’s starting quarterback.
Geno Smith is the early favorite to be the starter after playing well during Wilson’s injury absence. He has been on the team as Wilson’s backup since 2019, completing 68.4 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and one interception in four games in 2021.
Drew Lock will try to beat Smith in QB competition. The former second-round pick was acquired in the deal that sent Wilson to the Broncos, and he’s hoping a fresh start with a new team can help him turn his NFL career around.
The Seahawks could also trade for an experienced quarterback like Baker Mayfield, but if that doesn’t happen, one of the top two QBs on the list will likely be Seattle’s next starter.