Peyton Manning: It’s an advantage for Russell Wilson to come in with new coaches

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The Broncos haven’t been to the postseason since they won Super Bowl 50.

After acquiring quarterback Russell Wilson, the expectation is that will change in 2022.

The quarterback who started that last Super Bowl thinks Denver is now in a good situation with Wilson behind center.

I think he’s off to a fast start in talking to him,” Peyton Manning said Wednesday, via Aric DiLalla of the Broncos’ website. “I do think it’s an advantage for Russell to be coming in with a new coaching staff, because everybody’s learning and Russell is going to know this offense better than anybody. So he’s going to be in teaching mode, as well. If you’re a new player and you’re catching up to everybody else in a leadership position, that can be difficult. So I think Russell’s at a real advantage where they’re learning coach [Nathaniel] Hackett’s offense together, figuring out what works and what doesn’t work and I think he’s going to be great obviously for our young receivers. Like all Broncos fans, [I’m] excited to see him get to work this fall.”

Manning, who played four seasons for the Broncos, added that he was impressed with the way Wilson led his receivers in throwing sessions in Southern California before the offseason program started.

“Wherever you go, I like the off-campus throwing,” Manning said. “There’s something about the [fact that] Russell can lead it, it’s just him and the receivers — coaches aren’t around. There’s some leadership there from all of the players. Obviously going out to San Diego, it sounds like it’s a heck of a facility. I talked to Russell. He actually set me the film of the throwing that they did, and I could tell they got really good work in. That’s why I think they’re off to a real good start.”

The Broncos have a lot of work to do before the season starts. But getting an endorsement from Manning even at this early stage certainly doesn’t hurt.

9 responses to “Peyton Manning: It’s an advantage for Russell Wilson to come in with new coaches

  1. I think the Seahawks will be better without Russell Wilson and the Broncos will be better with Russell Wilson.

    Not every trade has to have a winner and loser; sometimes it can just be a win win.

  2. As dislikable as Wilson is, he’s a hell of a player who had a bag full of magic his early years in Seattle. If he can recapture some of that magic and stay healthy, Denver can win a Super Bowl. And soon

  3. Those two have a lot in common. They both were Broncos, and they both rode their defense’s coattails to a championship.

  4. I disagree. I understand what Manning is saying, and he’s right about a lot of it. But when Russell is in the huddle and he’s looking at ten guys that aren’t too sure about their assignment, when receivers aren’t running the correct routes, and RB’s aren’t sure about their blitz pick ups, linemen are getting confused about the pre-snap calls, it’s no advantage. Plus, a new coaching staff is just getting familiar with his new players. The advantage to a QB is when he gets in the huddle with ten guys that know their assignment, and has a coaching staff that’s very familiar with each of their players’ strengths and weaknesses. The first half of the season is going to be learning and experimenting. Peyton might be looking for something for himself. Not sure. But John Elway wasn’t very good at picking QB’s, so just because a HOF QB is saying something, I’ll wait with my endorsement.

  5. theimmaculatedeception says:
    May 5, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    As dislikable as Wilson is, he’s a hell of a player who had a bag full of magic his early years in Seattle. If he can recapture some of that magic and stay healthy, Denver can win a Super Bowl. And soon

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    How is he dislikeable? He literally doesn’t do anything to cause drama and zero bad reputation.

  6. Hate to burst your bubble but mahomes is winning the afcw, the league mvp and the sbmvp this year

  7. Tom Brady says:
    May 5, 2022 at 1:33 pm
    Those two have a lot in common. They both were Broncos, and they both rode their defense’s coattails to a championship.
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    Says the fan of a QB who would have 0 rings without a great defense making clutch plays.

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