Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos warms up before playing against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Steph Chambers/Getty Images


  • Russell Wilson has shown a more vulnerable side after his teammates showed their support for him
  • Receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler have aired their issues about those who blamed Wilson for the Broncos' struggles
  • Wilson and the Broncos are forced to look ahead to the 2023 season as they crashed and burned to a 4-12 record

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has been the crux of the problem in the eyes of many of the team's fans, and his teammates coming to his aid the past few days had him in a pensive mood following their narrow 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Speaking to the media after the game, Wilson allowed his more vulnerable side to shine through by publicly thanking wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler who came to his defense against his loudest detractors.

"It meant the world to me because I give my all every day. I don't know anything less. So, I'm grateful for these guys because they've worked their butts off... All I want to do is help this team win and I know we're going to overcome all those obstacles," Wilson said.

Wilson's arrival to Denver was a massive trade for the Mile High City as they gave up two first-rounders, two second-rounders, a fifth-rounder, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant while Wilson signed a five-year, $245 million extension with the team.

In the eyes of many, it was an overpay of sorts for an aging quarterback who won the Super Bowl nine years ago at this point–and it appeared to be the correct assessment.

Wilson looked every bit his age as the 34-year-old struggled to perform with the lowest completion percentage (60.1 percent), number of touchdowns (12), passing yards (3019), and quarterback rating (82.6) in his career.

Convenient as it was to blame Wilson for the Broncos' hardships since he is the man under center, it should not be forgotten that the team also suffered from having a rookie head coach in the form of Nathaniel Hackett.

The 43-year-old struggled to make much of his time as the main man with the headset for Denver and was subsequently fired from his post after a dismal 4-11 record.

Against the Chiefs, Wilson and the Broncos looked a bit better with Jerry Rosburg taking the reins temporarily as interim head coach–even taking a 17-13 lead entering the final frame.

But Kansas City was sadly the better team overall and outscored Denver 14-7 in the fourth quarter, getting their 12th loss of the season.

For Wilson, this is only the beginning of what he sees as a fruitful partnership with the Broncos as they look ahead to the 2023 season, hopefully with a ton of learnings under their belt.

"I'm not gonna blink because I know who I am and I know the dedication I have for this game and how much it means to me... We're gonna go somewhere and I'm excited about it. It's going to be worth it," Russell later mentioned.

Jerry Jeudy
Jerry Jeudy holds a grim future with the Denver Broncos, a reason why other NFL teams may be exploring options of acquiring him. Cooper Neill/Getty Images