CHARLOTTE, NC — Losing his ever-loving spirit, sick of losing and crying out to his quarter-billion-dollar bust of a quarterback to do something about it, big bad Mike Purcell spoke up for all of us in Broncos country.
It’s time someone took off their velvet gloves and told Russell Wilson where to go.
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“Frustration,” Purcell said Sunday, explaining his outburst of anger at Wilson in the fourth quarter of Denver’s 23-10 loss to the miserable Carolina Panthers, a new low in a season where there is no no background. “We have to get a spark somewhere.”
Wilson had an ear full of frustration that built up over 11 games, not just in the Denver locker room, but across the Broncos country.
You didn’t have to be a lip reader to understand the salty tone of Purcell’s message.
“He was (checked off),” Wilson recalled. “He just said, ‘You have to go!’ And I accepted.
The brief but heated verbal confrontation between Purcell and Wilson was caught on TV cameras for everyone in the NFL to see and happened distinctly within shouting distance of Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett, who stood with sunglasses and a helmet right next to a 328-pounder. the defensive lineman and his star quarterback traded disagreements.
And yet, somehow, Hackett was oblivious to the ruckus going on right behind his back.
“I haven’t seen it,” Hackett said. “I know they are both competitors. I know Mike wants to win and he will do everything he can to motivate the team. But… I’m not sure… We’ll get to the bottom of it.
In the history of the Broncos franchise, has there ever been a coach so pathetically oblivious to the disintegration of a team around him? It’s no longer a question of if Hackett gets fired, but when.
The Broncos can’t go on like this.
“It’s unacceptable,” Wilson said. “This organization, this tradition here and everything else, we have to honor it. We must honor it by winning.
Wilson recorded the 300th touchdown pass of his NFL career, but not before connecting with Brandon Johnson for a one-yard strike that was far too little and far too late in the final minutes of a game that summed up everything that was wrong with the most hopelessly incompetent. The Broncos team I’ve seen since arriving in Colorado in 1983.
“We need to eliminate losses from our system,” Wilson said. “Winning is a habit. Losing can also be.
The gum and duct tape holding the Broncos together disintegrated in the fourth quarter, after a 26-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro extended Carolina’s lead to 17 points with 13 minutes and 36 seconds remaining. . As the kick sailed through the uprights, Purcell got grumpy at the bottom of the pile near the line of scrimmage and fired an unnecessary roughness penalty.
As Purcell made his way to the Denver bench, he cocked his right ear in Wilson’s direction and, in the manner of an angry man in no mood to laugh at anyone, jumped in his quarterback’s face. rear overpriced and barked words of obvious frustration.
“He and I are on the same wavelength. There’s no animosity there,” Wilson said. We are on the same page. We have to win.
Just when you think the Broncos can’t play worse, they come out and try to make World Cup football fans of us all, tempting even the most diehard fan to hide under an orange blanket and blue on the couch. and switch the TV stream to a futbol match between Spain and Germany.
Wilson, who finished with a meager 142-yard pass, was outplayed by Sam Darnold, a quarterback considered a huge first-round bust. It is inconceivable. Inexcusable. Incompetent.
Despite injuries to key playmakers and a leaky offensive line, there’s no excuse for quarterback Wilson’s seriousness, making it reasonable to wonder if Denver could have been worse than their current record of 3. -8 if he just kept Drew Lock and didn’t. not mortgaging their future in a trade with Seattle that made Broncos Country believe a six-season playoff drought was thankfully about to end.
“We are 3-8. Not even close to where we thought we would be. It’s exhausting, but nobody cares,” Broncos safety Justin Simmons said.
I consider myself lucky — even stuck in a bad football game — to get paid to watch the Broncos embarrass their proud tradition. It’s my job.
What’s your excuse?
If this team can’t find a new head coach who can restore Wilson’s magic, the Broncos will be unreachable for years to come.