Confidence is always high during the offseason when everyone around the league has a clean slate. Organizations are excited to see what comes of the 2022 season, and some have higher expectations based on moves during the offseason. One of those teams with heightened expectations is the Denver Broncos.
They have missed the postseason six consecutive seasons, but they are confident they will snap that streak this season, as they addressed their most glaring need.
Since their last playoff appearance, when Peyton Manning was under center and they won a Super Bowl, the Broncos have struggled to find a quarterback. This offseason, they found one, acquiring Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson has brought a new air to the franchise. He is an experienced winner, something not many players on this roster have experienced yet in their NFL careers. He is setting the tone for how everyone else should carry themselves as well.
“He’s a big presence and he carries himself the right way,” Patrick said. “If you see Russ doing it and you’re not — if you can’t put in extra work, you’re not serious about winning and you don’t belong on this team.”
With Wilson under center, the franchise is expecting to contend right off the bat. Wide receiver Tim Patrick is very confident now that Wilson is in town. He let it be known just how high expectations are in the Mile High City.
“We want to come out the gate firing on all cylinders because it’s Super Bowl or bust this year.”
It won’t be easy turning things around like that, but the players are certainly putting in the work. Patrick also commented on how many meetings they are having, which they often time lead themselves.
It is all part of the process of learning a new scheme, as Nathaniel Hackett is taking over as head coach from Vic Fangio, who was relieved of his duties earlier this offseason.
“It helps because, like you guys know, the offense is difficult. And just the regular routine practice is not going to be enough for us to get it down pat,” Patrick said. “So, we have to do things on our own so we can get it because we don’t want to be one of those teams to make excuses — new coach, new quarterback, new offense, and we don’t get going until the end of the year.”
Things are certainly looking up for the Broncos. They are expecting to have a big season with Wilson leading the offense and will be right in the thick of things until the very end of the season.