Seattle Times staff report
After opening presents on Christmas morning, Seahawks fans turned to their TVs on Sunday to see if they might get another gift from the Los Angeles Rams. With the Seahawks holding the Broncos’ 2023 draft picks in the first and second rounds, every Denver loss is a Seattle win.
Well, Denver has more than committed to the Seattle fans with a 51-14 loss that nearly secures the Seahawks a top-five draft pick.
Former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also appeared to be in a spirit of optimism, throwing three interceptions against the Rams, including one against former Seattle teammate Bobby Wagner.
“I told him if we ever played each other I would get him,” Wagner told reporters after the game. “It was cool to do that. It was cool to pick him up at Christmas too. I appreciate the gifts.”
To add insult to injury, SpongeBob SquarePants character Patrick Star poked fun at Wilson while commenting on the game’s Nickelodeon broadcast.
The 4-11 Broncos fired first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday. With games remaining against the Chiefs and Chargers, the Broncos’ season is unlikely to improve. And after the coach leaves, all eyes turn to Wilson, who is in the midst of an unthinkable fall from the elite ranks of NFL quarterbacks.
Sunday’s game was just the latest in a display of the nine-time Pro Bowl QB’s unrecognizable poor play.
Here’s what people are saying about Wilson’s game and what it means for the Seahawks.
NBC Sports’ Peter King writes that Sunday’s blowout loss was the “most damning indictment against the Hackett-Wilson regime.”
“I thought about it after Russell Wilson’s second pick put the Broncos in a 17-0 hole on SoFi Sunday: If the Broncos took him out after the season, they would pay a $107 million cap fee . i’m kidding, i’m kidding In my opinion. By the way, the Broncos being halfway down to this shortened version of the Rams 31-6 might be the biggest and most damning indictment of the Hackett/Wilson regime, and that’s saying something.”
The wrestler is Roger Sherman includes Wilson in his list of losers of the week.
“Wilson’s first year in Denver was a terrible disaster. His acquisition would make the Broncos a Super Bowl contender; instead, they are 4-11 and ranking last in the NFL. The defense held up for most of the season, but on Sunday Wilson threw two interceptions before completing a pass, setting the Rams up for quick, easy points. The Rams took a 17-0 lead within 10 minutes and had their season-high (31 points) in the first half.”
Mark Kiszla, columnist for the Denver Post says Sunday’s Broncos loss was the worst of the season.
“Of 11 miserable losses this season, this dismantling by the Rams was perhaps the most painful of all, as Russell Wilson threw three interceptions and offensive lineman Dalton Risner bickered with backup quarterback Brett Rypien on the touchline.”
ESPN commentator Dan Orlovsky says the Broncos should bench Russell Wilson.
“He has to finish this year. mental. Yesterday was such a disaster… They need to give him a mental reset and move on from this season. This season was a bitter disaster. This guy came to you from the Hall of Famer, you gotta sit on the bench.”
Yahoo! Sports NFL reporter Frank Schwab writes that Denver’s trade for Wilson could be one of the worst in NFL history.
“Russell Wilson turned 34 at the end of November. It’s not an age when a quarterback should fall away completely. Because of this, the Broncos traded several draft picks and players for Wilson and gave him a five-year extension worth more than $240 million.
The trade and contract could end up being among the worst in NFL history. It looks like Wilson’s name will be forever cursed in Colorado for setting the franchise back several years.”
FS1 commentator Nick Wright says Hackett’s firing will be the first of many casualties following the worst trade in NFL history.
Shannon Sharpe from FS1 also ripped Wilson for his performance against the Rams.
“They say, ‘Let Russ cook.’ They made Russ cook at Christmas and he burned the daggone food and everyone got hungry.”
If the season ended today, the Seahawks would own the #3 and #12 picks in the first round of the 2023 draft. As NFL reporter Albert Breer points out, that pick could land them Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter after hitting rookie offensive tackle Charles Cross in the first round of this year.
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