Russell Wilson points to third quarter as a big problem for the Broncos offense

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As the Broncos continue to try to reverse their misfortunes on the fly, their underperforming starting quarterback has identified the one specific portion of the game in which the offense underperforms the most.

Yes at a time when many are pointing a finger at No. 3, No. 3 is pointing a finger at the third quarter.

“Our third quarters have been part of why we are where we are,” Russell Wilson told reporters on Wednesday, via Mike Klis of 9News.com. “It’s not even a part of it — it’s a big part of it. I think we’ve had pretty good first halves for the most part, decent. Some better than others, but the third quarters have slowed us down tremendously.”

The obvious explanation is that opposing defenses are doing a good job of using halftime to make adjustments to what the Denver offense is doing, and that the Denver offense is struggling to stay ahead of the guys who are trying to stop it.

“So that’s something I’m focused on over the next few days and going into this game [at Carolina] and the rest of the games we have this year,” Wilson said. “And hopefully we can turn it around.”

It’s unclear what Wilson personally can do to ensure better overall offensive performance in the third quarter. But the problem has been identified. It will be up to the players and the coaches to fix it.

The more important question is why was it broken in the first place? Again, something has kept the Broncos from getting things going immediately after intermission. There’s a good chance that, like so many other issues with the 2022 Broncos offense, it’s not about what the other team is doing well but what the Broncos aren’t.

38 responses to “Russell Wilson points to third quarter as a big problem for the Broncos offense

  1. The problem is a head coach that is so lost he thinks he’s found and a QB that has zero clue what’s happening. Seeing how well he played in Seattle is a testament to how good a coaching job that team did to hide his deficiencies.

  2. Actually Russ, the big problem isn’t just the third quarter, it’s any quarter number 3 is under center. Perhaps it’s really just a problem with the number 3. I have and idea. Let’s change your number from 3 to 2 — because “number 2” is a polite way of saying what you’ve played like all season long! Why “coach” Hackett hasn’t benched you is beyond me. Perhaps that will be the next “big problem” to be discovered next week.

  3. Just one more TD per game in the 3rd qtr and they’d be 7-3-2. Wow, that was easy. Make it so #3!!

  4. “Broncos fans and all football fans point to Russell Wilson as a big problem.”

    Here’s another guy who was always a ME ME ME player, but his play and the team’s success covered it. As soon as he got older and couldn’t do Russell Wilson things anymore, his selfish, egotistical personality was on full display. He was a top tier quarterback for many years because of his mobility and athleticism, coupled with above average football IQ. The problem with guys like that is once the physical ability inevitably declines with age, they can’t rely on the mental side of things. It’s not that they don’t know anything or aren’t smart, it’s that they never had to rely on that so much before, and the mind still thinks the body “can.” Now look at greats like Montana, Manning, and Tom Brady. None of them have or had superb physical ability. They had good to very good physical ability and top tier minds/competitive attitudes. As the physical ability declined, they almost got better, because they found ways to compensate and didn’t have to rely on it. in fact, the only Super Bowl winning quarterback I know who combines unbelievable physical ability and mental acumen is Patrick Mahomes.

  5. I’d say it’s the GM that picked the head coach, who traded for the QB and extended his contract

  6. Russ. You are scoring 14.7 points per game. You are struggling in more than just the 3rd quarter.

  7. This is Russ starting his passive aggressive stuff.

    The insinuation?

    Coaches aren’t doing a good job of adjusting at half and letting Russ show his unlimited brilliance.

  8. Russ will be doing high knees and stretching while the turkey’s cooking, possibly while reviewing film on his ipad.

    And unlike most of us, he won’t overeat. It takes too much time and it might cause him to have to use one of his 17 bathrooms more often than once per week.

  9. I agree wholeheartedly with @kcfan67…point all fingers 1st & foremost toward GM George Paton for trading away everything for an over the hill limited QB & then extending a massive contract over next several seasons. His head coach hire has been an abject failure as well.

  10. “ It’s unclear what Wilson personally can do to ensure better overall offensive performance in the third quarter.”

    The guy touches the ball on every offensive snap.

    Seems pretty clear to me that one of the things he could do is execute better.

    It’s not like we’re all standing around saying “wow…Russ looks so good, but he’s surrounded by slop!” Quite the opposite; his decisions are mostly terrible and his throws are frequently bad. He looked fat and disinterested before the hand injury last year. I don’t know what people thought was going to happen when he put on a new uniform,

  11. Russ wanted to be the centerpiece of the offense. Russ wanted the offense to run through him. Russ wanted a say in player selection. Russ wanted to have a voice the offensive game planning. The only bad part about having your fingerprints on every aspect of the offense is it better work. It ain’t working, Russ.

  12. Like the quarter that most people associate with the coaches making halftime adjustments? You don’t say, lol.

  13. spiderjohn says:
    November 24, 2022 at 10:28 am
    Just one more TD per game in the 3rd qtr and they’d be 7-3-2. Wow, that was easy. Make it so #3!!
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    And if you flip that, so that their opponent scored an additional TD in the 3rd quarter then the Broncs would be 0-9-1.

  14. It’s weird how much people hate Russell Wilson pretty much for being lame. Most QBS are lame. Wilson has a 10 year hall of fame track record who elevated a bad franchise to new heights (with 2x loser at headcoach who was below .500 and on the verge of being fired a third time with Matt Flynn) and Hackett has a track record of nepotism, and being a terrible offensive coordinator except when he coaches Aaron Rodgers. I’ll guess Hackett is the problem.

  15. mikecrabtreeschain says:

    It’s weird how much people hate Russell Wilson pretty much for being lame. Most QBS are lame. Wilson has a 10 year hall of fame track record who elevated a bad franchise to new heights (with 2x loser at headcoach who was below .500 and on the verge of being fired a third time with Matt Flynn)
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    You still believe that? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  16. Should trade for Geno Smith than Russell(LOOK AT ME)Wilson. Russ never listen to anyone but himself.

  17. The funny part is Denver would be 9-1 if they had any of the qb’s from the post Manning-era except Wilson.

  18. Russell Wilson is a first ballot HOF QB and he’s still a very good QB. The Broncos are a joke. Their new inexperienced coaching staff is having major problems figuring out how to run a game. Russell Wilson isn’t a defensive back who’s forgetting to cover the other team’s best WR. Russell Wilson isn’t dropping 3rd down passes. Russell Wilson isn’t fumbling the ball on the one yard line. Josh Allen is throwing interceptions in the Red Zone almost every week. Racism comes in all shapes and sizes. Lol.

  19. charliecharger says:
    November 25, 2022 at 5:55 pm
    Russell Wilson is a first ballot HOF QB and he’s still a very good QB. The Broncos are a joke. Their new inexperienced coaching staff is having major problems figuring out how to run a game. Russell Wilson isn’t a defensive back who’s forgetting to cover the other team’s best WR. Russell Wilson isn’t dropping 3rd down passes. Russell Wilson isn’t fumbling the ball on the one yard line. Josh Allen is throwing interceptions in the Red Zone almost every week. Racism comes in all shapes and sizes. Lol.
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    higheriqthanyou says:
    November 25, 2022 at 10:35 pm
    Everyone blaming Russ yet many “lighter” QBs are fine.

    Huh

    Denver fans a bit “selective”
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    Boy, you would hope this not to be true, but it sure seems like Lock got a lot more “Fan Support” last season than Russell is getting now…..hmmm…..

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