“You’re Jealous”: Fans Sense Insecurity in Russell Wilson as He Sends a Message to Seahawks QB Geno Smith

Published 02/05/2023, 12:31 AM EST

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When Russell Wilson left the Seattle Seahawks to join the Broncos in the off-season, nobody expected Geno Smith to carry the less-than-confident Seahawks and their fans to the playoff this year. And with Geno receiving the deserved praise and accolades, Wilson kept his pride aside to give Smith a shout-out.

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Geno Smith won Fox’s NFL Comeback Player Of The Year award after finishing the season in the super wild-card round against the San Francisco 49ers. Russell Wilson didn’t have the season that Broncos Nation expected out of the Super Bowl champion. And many considered the shout-out for Geno to be borne out of jealousy.

Russell Wilson applauded Geno Smith

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The $245 million quarterback had the worst season of his career, with a Broncos offense that ranked last in points per game. On the flip side, Danger Russ’ former team did quite well with Geno Smith calling the signals. Smith finished the season with 4282 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, while Wilson only managed 16 TDs over 3524 yards.

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However, Russell kept all the stats aside and congratulated Geno on winning the much-deserved Comeback Player of The Year award. “Congrats 7,” Wilson tweeted. And while some fans appreciated the brotherhood, there were a few pointing out the dark side.

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But it all looks to be fabricated by the social media netizens as there is nothing but love between the two quarterbacks. Geno retweeted Russell’s tweet, appreciating the shout-out. “Appreciate you Russ,” Geno wrote. His 2023 contract talks with the Seahawks are going pretty well and looks like there are many more congratulations on the way to Geno.

Can Wilson and Denver turn it around?

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Denver’s defense was clearly the highlight for Broncos Country this year. The Broncos D ranked 2nd in third down conversions allowed and 4th in red zone offense allowed. Also, they were 6th in TDs allowed and 8th in overall rush attack defense.

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The Denver Broncos’ problems lay in their offense. Despite getting Wilson, the offense couldn’t find their rhythm throughout the season. And this led to the axing of head coach Nathaniel Hackett before he could finish the year. However, things look to be trending upward for Wilson and Co.

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The Broncos roped in former New Orleans Saints Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton away from his cosy desk job at Fox NFL. And with Payton’s play calling in the mix, and Russell having a stronger grounding in his second year, Broncos Nation can expect for things to turn around.

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.
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