2. The old Russell Wilson has disappeared the last season and a half
Russell Wilson is one of the biggest names in the sport and some fans who may not have paid attention to how he is playing would still rank him among the top three quarterbacks. The problem with that is that Wilson really has not been good at all over the last year and a half, which is a potentially concerning sign for Denver.
He is not going to be bad, that goes without saying. However, it certainly is plausible that Wilson's best days are past him and that he will never recapture that form as a Bronco. After all, he is a 34-year-old mobile quarterback. I know that Tom Brady is redefining what it means to age in the NFL but Brady does not have nearly the miles that Wilson has on his body.
There was a strong narrative prior to the 2020 season that Wilson had never received an MVP vote and he looked well on his way to locking down his first MVP season with a red-hot start. However, his production waned and it continued to be low in 2021 as well.
Since the halfway point of the 2020 season, Wilson is averaging 217 yards per game with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He only has three rushing touchdowns in that span and he completed 65% of his passes. Again, far from bad numbers, but not top-five quarterback in the league numbers.
Denver fans will point out the bad offensive line in Seattle. That is fair but it is not like Denver has some juggernaut of an offensive line and it too is 1-2 injuries away from being just as bad as Seattle's. And while Denver has a solid group of receivers, Wilson arguably had better weapons when he was in Seattle.