Russell Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett are more “partners” than coach and players

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For years, quarterback Russell Wilson wanted to be treated less like an employee and more like a member of management in Seattle. He never could get that seat at the table.

In Denver, he has it. All of the players apparently have it.

It’s the ownership of the players owning our own offense,” Wilson told Peter King for his latest Football Morning in America column. “This has to be a player-ran kind of team. Coach Hackett gives us the keys to do that.”

That’s a significant difference from Seattle. One of the tangible items of evidence that helped created the sense that Wilson and the Seahawks would inevitably divorce came from a February 2021 report by TheAthletic.com that Wilson had stormed out of the room after his ideas for getting the team’s offense out of a late-season funk were summarily rejected.

“Coach and Russell are not coach-player,” an unnamed source who knows Wilson well told King. “They’re partners.”

The partnership includes Hackett trying to get Wilson to get rid of the ball sooner, in lieu of buying time with his legs.

“It’s gotten to the point that I go, ‘Hey, you’re late,'” Hackett told King. “Or Russ says it before I do. Or he talks about it because he knows that that’s the standard I want. I don’t want him to be touched. I don’t want him to have to run around. Now sometimes, you have to, but those ones I can’t control. The more that he feels that and understands that, the better it’s going to be.”

The ultimate question is whether Wilson will thrive with the offense running through him, instead of Wilson serving as part of a system. In Seattle, it was the latter. In Denver, it will be the former. And it’s the biggest reason why he’s the former quarterback of the Seahawks.

21 responses to “Russell Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett are more “partners” than coach and players

  1. So why do they even need a HC if it’s a player run team? And which half of the partnership are they going to fire if the offense stalls and can’t get back on track? And when one half of the “partnership” is going to get $50M+ per year pretty soon and the other half is probably getting somewhere around $5M per year, who will ultimately be responsible for any failures? Umm yeah…these things are NEVER a true partnership in either direction. Wilson has nothing to lose, except maybe his Hollywood “brand”. Hackett’s the guy that has everything to lose if it doesn’t result in a LOT of wins rather quickly.

  2. You can placate these kinds of players with all kinds of superficial concessions that help them think they have ownership in the team…But until they start cutting & signing their own paychecks, they’re still employees.

  3. Still in the honeymoon phase. It is all hugs and kisses until you hit some bumps in the roads. That is when we will know how this relationship works.

  4. God I know the honeymoon period is ongoing but get a room. The only thing that matters is a deep playoff run, have you learned to throw a check down or quick pass over the middle Russ? Never saw either during your time in Seattle.

  5. Translation: Wilson will be a pure pocket quarterback.

    Except that on many of his most magical plays, he used his legs, knows how to slide like a baseball player, always knows where that first-down marker is located.

    In other words, limiting his skillset.

  6. Zero question Wilson is a student of the game and a really smart player.
    He got some latitude a few years ago and Seattle went 4 and 2 early, unexpectedly. Teams then adjusted in game and scheme wise, and he didn’t and by week 10 they were .500. They took the freedom away from Wilson as a result and then he threw a fit and Schottenheimer was gone.

    They are coaches for a reason, and at worst they are able to see the game at a different level in game than the QB. Seattle wisely didn’t out all of Wilson’s idea into play…Wilson also publicly wanted all sorts of rejects to get signed by Seattle, Antonio Brown, twice, for one.

    So Denver coaching and management should know that his golly gee attitude they see from Wilson won’t last forever if he doesn’t get his way.

  7. This will work great until Wilson struggles and he begins blaming everyone but himself.

  8. This sounds like a recipe for disaster. It was several years ago when Wilson started insisting on input regarding management matters such as coaching hires. Much debate ensued about players having so much influence over their teams. The Seahawks gave Wilson input and continued to give him more in recent years. The result? The team got worse. Now Wilson has a rookie head coach and rookie owners to “partner” with. It’s truly amazing what a giant ego and some long-ago accomplishments can get you. Hackett seems like a smart and innovative head coach. I hope he finds his way out of this blunder.

  9. “I don’t want him to have to run around”… As a longtime Seahawks fan, I can tell you that you definitely want him to run around. Yes, it is great to have an OL that can pass-protect and allow for a pocket to give the QB time to make the deep pass. Give that to Russ and he’ll set new records for yardage. But, he gets so many first downs on scrambles. He gets the deep crossing route by scrambling. So much of his style and level of play results from his scramble abilities. A coach doesn’t want the QB scrambling. Russ cooks when he scrambles (insert egg joke here).

  10. I hope the Broncos win the SB just to teach the Seahawks a lesson. You have one of the few long-term top tier franchise QB’s in the league and you kicked him to the curb because you don’t want him involved in your offense? Ridiculous. I hope you enjoy another 40 year droughts before you get back to a SB.

  11. All-American Voltron says:
    August 16, 2022 at 6:13 pm
    I hope the Broncos win the SB just to teach the Seahawks a lesson. You have one of the few long-term top tier franchise QB’s in the league and you kicked him to the curb because you don’t want him involved in your offense? Ridiculous. I hope you enjoy another 40 year droughts before you get back to a SB.
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    Yawn….he has done nothing yet. Maybe switch to Decalf?…..

  12. Often times coaches learn things from other coaches. Who do you think was running the show in Tampa Bay when they won the super bowl? Tom Brady or Bruce Arians? When you acquire a veteran super bowl winning first ballot HOF QB, you help in any way that you can without smothering him.

  13. All-American Voltron says:

    I hope the Broncos win the SB just to teach the Seahawks a lesson. You have one of the few long-term top tier franchise QB’s in the league and you kicked him to the curb because you don’t want him involved in your offense? Ridiculous. I hope you enjoy another 40 year droughts before you get back to a SB.
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    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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