Nathaniel Hackett is fine with Russell Wilson not running

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In 2014, his third season in the NFL, quarterback Russell Wilson gained 849 yards on the ground. That’s an average of 53 yards per game. This year, he’s averaging 2.5 yards per game.

Through two weeks, Wilson has five rushing yards on three attempts.

Would coach Nathaniel Hackett like to see Wilson run more frequently?

“In essence, that means that he’s going through the progression and distributing the ball the right way to all the different people,” Hackett told reporters on Friday, regarding the fact that Wilson isn’t running much. “Everybody is choreographed and on time together. I think that when you see that, that’s a good sign because when he has to run, you know he’s going to break out and do certain things. Whether it’s a scramble drill or gaining yards with his feet. But right now, he’s been able to distribute the ball throughout the progression.”

Still, the threat of Wilson running becomes a useful balance to the passing game, forcing defenses to be aware of the possibility that Wilson will take off while covering receivers.

There’s a separate question that, frankly, needs to be raised. Is Wilson as quick and nimble as he used to be? As he closes in on his 34th birthday, it’s entirely possible he’s not as fast as he once was.

Either way, he’s not running like he previously did. Without that threat, it becomes a little tougher to find that open receiver, because the defense feels no compulsion to assign a player to operate as a so-called spy on the possibility of Wilson taking off.

15 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett is fine with Russell Wilson not running

  1. I am still waiting for the 49ers to go up against teams that can beat their defense. This week ain’t it.

  2. It takes a rare QB to excel without needing the threat of the run. The true greats: Brady, Manning, Marino. Russell ain’t it. It’s like he’s cooking without the stove.

  3. Worst mistake the Broncos ever made signing old man Wilson 33-years-old to a long-term contract. Dumb!!

  4. Of course he’s not going to run. He’s fatter and 33 years old. Have you seen pics of his body? Chunky.

  5. He hasn’t run in 4 years! The QB option was his greatest weapon. Teams stopped guarding the QB and just went after the RB. And just now your wondering if he’s fat and slow? The 12’s were screaming at the tv for years! RUN! RUN! Oh he ran alright. Backwards, in a circle, strip sack, scoop, score. You’ll see Denver, you’ll see.

  6. I didn’t know that Russ refuses to throw over the middle. A stat in the Guardian showed that over the past 2 years he averages about 2.3 passes per game over the middle, so all you have to do as a D is play against the sidelines. So it seems Wilson has a lot of self-imposed limitations on his game: won’t run, won’t throw over the middle, can’t call plays in time– what can he do exactly that makes him a threat to QB’s like Mahomes and Herbert?

  7. Well Nathaniel Hackett is also fine with kicking 64 yard field goals, with a minute left in the game, and Nathaniel Hackett is also fine with calling in plays with 8 seconds left on the play clock.

  8. Just look at film from his first few years compared to now. You’ll see he’s thicker around the mid-section. Not so much the gut but the hips and thighs. He’s most definitely heavier and not nearly as “twitchy” as he used to be. He can’t spin and move like he did. Maybe he intended to put on more muscle in his lower body to help prevent injury and such, but the extra weight has definitely impacted his mobility and it’s been that way since at least 2019-2020.

  9. The NFL is beginning take back some of the protection that QBs have enjoyed. Supposedly, starting this season, QBs are treated as RBs when the cross the LOS. A lot of Wilson’s run game was predicated on defenders afraid of drawing a foul when hitting him in situations where a real RB would be blasted. Let’s see if the league follows through.

  10. The NFL is beginning take back some of the protection that QBs have enjoyed. This season a QB crosses the LOS is supposed to be treated as a RB. Wilson’s running game is predicated on defenders afraid of drawing a roughing penalty in situations where a RB could be legally blasted. Let’s see if the league follows through this.

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