Russell Wilson has struggled mightily with the Denver Broncos this season. The superstar quarterback and former Super Bowl champion hasn’t taken to his new team well. They have routinely not looked great with Wilson under center. Players around the league have roasted him. Some of those players were former teammates. Despite that, Wilson’s confidence hasn’t yet been shaken.
The struggles still persist though even if Wilson is confident. Many have wondered what’s going on with the former All-Pro quarterback and why the team hasn’t succeeded with him. One former Broncos player offered potential insight into why this has persisted.
Retired offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus spoke on Wilson Monday night. On his radio show, Polumbus, Hastings and Dover on 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio in Denver, the Super Bowl 50 champion lineman revealed surprising details on the issues between Wilson and the team.
"Russ is losing his mind out there– he's using audibles from the Seahawks. The guys don't know the audibles. He's using codewords that the guys don't know"
— 92.5 FM – Altitude Sports Radio Denver (@AltitudeSR) November 17, 2022
Polumbus said on the show that Wilson and head coach Nathaniel Hackett had “disagreements on the philosophy of the offense.” Polumbus detailed that there were conversations “behind the scenes” about how the team should call plays. Then he revealed a major and wild detail.
“Russell is losing his mind out there,” Polumbus explained. “He’s losing his mind. He’s at the line of scrimmage using audibles from the Seahawks. That guys don’t know what the audibles are. He’s using codewords that guys don’t know what the codewords are. And they’re coming back from the huddle like, ‘Dude, what are you saying out there? We don’t know what that is.'”
A wild story if there ever was one. Certainly one that might help explain a lot of the struggles so far.