No. 2: Russell Wilson Redeems Himself
Piggybacking on the first section, Russell Wilson cannot possibly be as bad as he was in 2022. While players can fall off a cliff after entering their thirties, Wilson’s game is tailored to withstand the aging process. First-time coach Nathaniel Hackett was in over his head and never implemented his scheme in Denver.
Wilson suffered from this instability. Having been inside of the Seattle structure his entire career, this disaster was a rude awakening. Now, with tempered expectations and one of the best offensive minds at head coach, the 34-year-old signal-caller is poised to return to his typical level of play this season.
Flanked by an impressive arsenal of weaponry, plus an improving offensive line, Wilson will cut down on interceptions and turnover-worthy plays. Getting back to his risk-averse self would allow Payton to put the veteran quarterback in advantageous positions. Wilson’s arm is livelier than Brees’ the last few seasons in New Orleans, so expect more versatility in the play calling.