Hackett says Russell Wilson not running the football so far is a good thing
A lot has been made about Broncos QB Russell Wilson not running the football much his first two games in Denver.
So far, Wilson has just five yards on three attempts in contests against the Seahawks and the Texans. It’s a far cry from what we’re used to seeing from him thus far in his career. In 10 seasons with Seattle, Wilson rushed for 4,689 yards, topping out with 849 in 2014.
On Wednesday, Wilson explained why his legs weren’t a weapon early in the season. He commended himself for getting the football out fast and making quick decisions.
“I’m always ready to take off if I need to certain situations, but it’s really the guys have been doing a great job of just getting open and trying to work and and make plays,” Wilson said.
On Friday, at his final press conference before the San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday night, head coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked about his QB’s lack of a run game. Hackett acknowledged that’s been the case, but went on to explain why it’s a good thing.
“Yeah, he hasn’t. In essence that means he’s going through the progressions and distributing the ball the right way to all the different people. And everybody’s choreographed and on time together. So I think when you see that, that’s a good sign,” Hackett said. “When he has to run you know he’s going to break out and do certain things. Whether it’s the scramble drill or gaining yards with his feet. But right now he’s been able to distribute the ball throughout his progressions.”
Hmm. That sounds a lot like a coach who’s defending his guy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But deep down, Hackett must know Wilson needs to run more to truly be his best self. Wilson’s not the tallest QB in the world, and his ability to be a rushing threat is a huge part of his game.
Let’s hope that aspect of Wilson’s ability isn’t gone for good. At just 33-years-old, it shouldn’t be. But then again, Wilson hasn’t looked particularly spry in these first two contests.
That could all change in about 53.5 hours when the Broncos kick off with the 49ers. But until we see it on the field, these questions are going to keep getting asked. And Hackett and Wilson will have to keep coming up with creative answers for why it’s a good thing.