Nathaniel Hackett: Russell Wilson’s height “hasn’t seemed to be a problem”

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Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett created a little bit of a mess for himself on Wednesday, based on the response he gave to reporters as to whether he’d consider making a quarterback change. Hackett eventually got out the mop and the bucket, either because he accidentally misspoke — or because he accidentally told the truth.

On Thursday, Hackett likely got a small case of the shakes when asked another Wilson question. This time, a reporter asked whether Wilson’s physical stature has created challenges for him while in the pocket.

“I’ve looked at a lot of stuff when we were evaluating him and watching him play over the years,” Hackett replied. “He’s made incredible plays all across the field. Even for us, he’s made plays everywhere — from inside, outside, down the field. He is shorter — that’s a fact — but it hasn’t seemed to be a problem.”

The problem isn’t the obvious limitation in the vertical positioning of Wilson’s eyes but in the way the Broncos have, or haven’t, moved him to make it easier to see. For weeks, the question has been whether the Broncos are using plays and strategies that worked for Wilson in Seattle. They still don’t seem to be using nearly enough of them.

Hackett separately continued the effort to clean up Wednesday’s mess during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

He’s our starting quarterback and that it,” Hackett said of Wilson. “It’s never even crossed my mind.”

Well, something crossed his mind when Hackett was asked about the possibility of making a quarterback change and he said, “Right now, no.”

Maybe it really was a mistake. Regardless, Wilson is struggling. As a result, the offense is struggling. As a result, the Broncos are struggling. And there’s no real reason to see it changing.

17 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett: Russell Wilson’s height “hasn’t seemed to be a problem”

  1. I’m sure that coach Nathaniel Hackett didn’t like Russell be his QB. Because he have to knock on Russell’s office door to get in. That’s what I was told.

  2. Wilson has shown many times in his HOF Career that his height not only has not been a negative, but it has actually assisted him in his Illustrious Career….

  3. After not Insisting on A Full Guaranteed contract, these constant distracting questions serve no purpose….smh…..

  4. Hackett is a good guy. Good head coach? Well, that’s another story. Give the man a life raft. He’s a valuable coordinator.

  5. If Hackett ever has any concerns or questions, he knows that all he has to do is walk down the hall and knock on Russ’s door….smh…..

  6. Hackett is a good guy. Good head coach? Well, that’s another story. Give the man a life raft. He’s a valuable coordinator.
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    1 for 3 because the only time he had success as an OC he wasn’t calling the plays.

  7. Let’s ask the middle field receivers and TE’s what they think….

  8. Russell Wilson is not moving like he has in the past. If that means he is a half-step slower, he need to lose 10-15 pounds. His stomach is looking very similar to mine, and I am a 70 year old non professional athlete. I think he has reported in poor shape and that has followed him all year, in addition to adjusting to a new team. The offense, at the beginning was catered to him, and his wishes. All this crap on Hackett, some deserved, also needs to be spread on Wilson. He looks like he is finished.

  9. This coach needs an eye exam. Russell is regularly off target in this system. Several balls get blocked at the line of scrimmage in every game. see his completion percentage. He needs to have a floating pocket where he can get away from the sky-high arms

  10. denverdave3 says:
    December 2, 2022 at 9:48 am
    This coach needs an eye exam. Russell is regularly off target in this system. Several balls get blocked at the line of scrimmage in every game. see his completion percentage. He needs to have a floating pocket where he can get away from the sky-high arms
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    Exactly! Russ’s temporary setbacks are the result of Poor Coaching, and sub par teammates…..smh….

  11. The Russ offense is scramble, using his quickness which he no longer has maybe due to age and that extra weight he is carrying, for 4 or 5 secs to get an actual view of the field then go for the hero ball. When it is 3rd and 5 and the TE is 6 yards right in front of him wide open and Russ opts/can’t see it not to make that pass then make a pass to the sideline where he can see to a very covered receiver (D’s know Russ can’t see the middle of the field so they heavily defend the sidelines) or go for the hero ball is the issue and why the Bronco’s offense is so inept.

  12. Wilson hasn’t had the stature of a pocket passer since the other boys’ voices dropped, but he could still see downfield outside the tackles because of his credible running threat. That threat was erased after he got paid and got married.

    Nobody else is going to like it but if you could trade your life for a Super Bowl ring and half a billion dollars in the bank, there would be a few takers. Who really wants to visit Canton anyway?

  13. If the Broncos don’t want a sure fire, first ballot HOF QB like Russel Wilson they should trade him.

    I think they swindled the Seahawks by only giving up two firsts, two seconds, a fifth and three good players.

    I bet they could get at least three firsts, three seconds and a couple good players if they wanted to move him.

    Almost any team in the NFL would be jostling to be in line for that one.

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