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Ex-Bronco offers concerning reason for Russell Wilson’s struggles

Russell Wilson with headphones on

Aug 13, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) before the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson and his Denver Broncos teammates have struggled all season to get on the same page, and some troubling new information has surfaced about what has contributed to the disconnect.

Former Broncos offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus said on 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio Denver Wednesday that several people inside the organization have told him Wilson has been “losing his mind” on the field. What he means by that is that Wilson has been calling audibles at the line of scrimmage that none of his teammates understand. That is because some of the playcalls are from Wilson’s days with the Seattle Seahawks.

“Probably over the last two or three weeks you’ve had Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett have their first real marital problems on the philosophy of the offense,” Polumbus said. “There’s been some behind-the-scenes conversations about those disagreements and how they should be calling plays.

“More concerning to me, though — Russell is losing his mind out there. He’s losing his mind. He’s at the line of scrimmage using audibles from the Seahawks. The guys don’t know what the audibles are. He’s using code words and guys don’t know what the code words are. They’re coming back to the huddle like, ‘Dude, what are you saying out there? We don’t know what that is.’ He’s losing his mind right now.”

You can hear the discussion at the 2:19 mark below:

Assuming that information is accurate, it sounds like a massive issue. It may also help explain why Wilson recently agreed to start wearing a wristband with plays on it after not wearing one in Seattle.

Wilson has looked totally lost at times in Hackett’s offense. He has thrown just 7 touchdown passes compared to 5 interceptions in 8 games. An insane stat this week showed just how much Denver’s offense has been holding the team back. Having your quarterback call out plays that no one knows certainly is not a recipe for success.

Ex-Bronco shares where Josh McDaniels went wrong as head coach

Josh McDaniels in Raiders gear

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels reacts during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels may have a football IQ that’s through the roof, but his ability to connect with people on a human level seems to be lacking.

That issue appears evident now that McDaniels is with the Las Vegas Raiders. The problem was abundantly clear during his time with the Denver Broncos, according to one former player.

In a series of tweets sent during the week, former Bronco Tyler Polumbus shared some issues McDaniels had in Denver. Polumbus, who played under McDaniels in Denver in 2009, said that McDaniels was lacking social skills. Polumbus also said McDaniels broke down how the coach treated grown men like children.

Polumbus said that instead of building players up, McDaniels made it a routine point to tear them down. Polumbus says that is how every single day started for the Broncos.

Even after the 2010 season had concluded and McDaniels knew he was on his way out, he wasn’t able to reel himself in. He shredded the players during their exit interviews — all while calling out upper management.

Ultimately, Polumbus came to the same conclusion many others came to: McDaniels has a brilliant football mind but like many other Bill Belichick disciples, struggles with the human element.

McDaniels has already come under a lot of criticism this year following the Raiders’ 0-3 start, and it shows no signs of slowing down.