When Russell Wilson got traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos, many believed he was still in the prime of his career. Two weeks into the season and it is clear that his best days might be behind him.
Speaking on NFL Live, NFL analyst Keyshawn Johnson delivered a hard-hitting statement on the QB:
“I think when you look at the situation, his best days are probably left in Seattle. If you go and you look at Seattle, when they were really rolling, Russ was doing okay. But it was about the defense. It was about Marshawn Lynch, it was about those sort of things.”
He then claimed that the “Let Russ Cook” era didn’t work as well as the “Legion of Boom” era:
“And then you fast forward to maybe ten years [later]. You look at the last four or five years, what he’s starting to try to do with Russell Wilson on the offensive side of the ball by pushing the ball down the field, but it didn’t amount to anything. They didn’t win big like they wanted to.”
Johnson wasn’t the only former player who had bad things to say about Wilson.
During this Friday’s edition of ESPN’s Get Up, former defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich said Wilson needs to be a true leader if the Broncos want to look like the Super Bowl team that everybody pegged them out to be.
“If Russell can’t be the leader – you paid him to be the leader and best quarterback to lead your team – then this team isn’t going to go anywhere and they’re not going to be the team we expected them to be,” Ninkovich said.
He then pointed out that his former quarterback, Tom Brady, was an exceptional leader during their time together on the New England Patriots.
“You want your quarterback to be the torch leader for the rest of the team. Everyone wants to follow that guy. And I can only speak from my experiences with Tom [Brady]. He was a true leader, and you can see that. When he was with the Patriots, then he went to Tampa – he’s a true leader.”
Through the first two games of the season, Wilson has completed just 58.9 percent of his passes for 559 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.