Ex-NFL QB on Broncos and Russell Wilson game movie: ‘It’s just a disastrous cocktail’

Denver – A little over two decades ago, JT O’Sullivan was a teammate of Nathaniel Hackett at UC Davis. O’Sullivan went on to conquer the NFL for a decade as a professional backup quarterback. Hackett embarked on a coaching career that eventually led to his signing with the Broncos.

Presently, O’Sullivan runs a school QB, headlined by his detailing of offense and playing quarterback.

Somehow, their paths crossed again on Thursday. O’Sullivan immersed himself in Hackett’s attacking quarterback, Russell Wilson.

And within 32 minutes, O’Sullivan didn’t utter the words.

“The quarterback plays himself, he’s shockingly sloppy,” he said. “The decision-making is weird. And there’s just some play—you can’t do anything but say, ‘What [heck] Being?’ So, I don’t pretend to have the answers.”

O’Sullivan broke up a large number of plays from the Broncos’ 23-10 loss at Carolina. At various points he broke Wilson’s accuracy, vision, decision-making and footwork.

He didn’t entirely blame the Broncos’ offensive woes on the quarterback, who was awarded a guaranteed $165 million in expenses.

For example, O’Sullivan dissected a bungled third and third early in the first quarter. Wilson found Kendall Hinton for two yards. Bronco Punted.

“It’s complete; it’s not just the first [down]. It’s just awful football. It’s a horrific execution. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that depth is determined by the sticks, which is what I mean [Hinton] “You have to get to at least the first descent mark,” O’Sullivan said.

“You can’t at any level of football go out and run something 1-2 yards out and tackle it and not get the first goal after you finish. You can’t. Horrible football. Terrible. Any adjective you want doesn’t do it justice. That sucks. So the first mark She’s what, 22, coming out on 20. … Now, this isn’t on Ross.”

On the other third down, O’Sullivan broke up run-blocking failures in the second, third and third quarters that saw Latavious Murray sink into the backfield after the edges collapsed, forcing the Broncos to settle for a Brandon McManus field goal. .

“Terrible blocking,” said O’Sullivan, adding moments later, “There’s a lot of misses. It’s too bad. It’s so great. And that’s not on Russell Wilson. It just isn’t.”

But through O’Sullivan’s breakdown, there have been many more — starting with a second-quarter tape sack fumble. On the play, Brian Burns came around right flank to force the football back just as Wilson got back into the flow. And in O’Sullivan’s eyes, the fault was not the correct handling of Cam Fleming, but the fault of Wilson’s.

“[Wilson] drift to the left. it gives [Burns] “A corner, a wider turn,” said O’Sullivan, indicating that Wilson needed to get ahead in the pocket.

“…it drifts to the left, instead of up. Look at traffic protection;” O’Sullivan said. “And the motion is sloppy. Really, shockingly dirty. sloppy freak. And here it leads to confusion. Again, why would you take this step in the back? I’ll tell you why, because he didn’t line up left, so he has to open his hips up—which he does there—but now he’s moving. Maybe because he can’t see.

“Now, that’s my assumption. Just get up in the pocket. One, two, three. Rather, Carthwich. Holy cow.”

O’Sullivan also noted Wilson’s action in three straight games with less than two minutes left in the first half. On third down, Wilson threw it out of bounds deep in the left sideline to Greg Dolcic instead of hitting Murray’s wide open inside his line of sight into the left flat, a connection that would have set the Chains moving.

“Here’s the back end and here’s the tight end he’s throwing. So if he sees the tight end, it’s all the same lane, right? I mean, this guy’s wide open,” O’Sullivan said. “No defender. This guy (Dulcich), there’s a cannon. This lane is 3 yards long with no one around it. just what [heck] What’s going on man? “

He also dissected some of Wilson’s decisions in the second half, too.

“Let’s be honest about this thing: There are bugs everywhere,” said O’Sullivan. But Russell Wilson has just as much – if not more – than anyone else. And that’s just the truth of the movie.

“Just because there are some good plays that don’t take anything away from sloppy footwork, weird decision-making, and a whole lot of bad.”

His final summation broke everything.

“It’s bad, you all,” said O’Sullivan. “The movie is about as bad as I could have imagined. I think the nicest way I can describe it is that Russell Wilson really does seem like a hilarious mirror of what he was. And what that means – in a nice way – is that the explosiveness, the change of direction, the ability to play, just aren’t there. It’s not In the movie, he can’t separate.

“Plus, I think there are some weird decision-making elements, whether it’s declining throws, not throwing layups, seeing, not seeing things, throwing the ball out of bounds when there’s an easy down in front of him. Some of the moves are shockingly sloppy. Huge amount of wasted traffic.

But there are still some items. There are such outlines. You can still see flashes occasionally. But it’s nowhere near–it doesn’t even breathe the same air as the consistency. And so, that part of it is weird.

“I feel like when I’m watching the movie I’m walking into a fun house of weird, fuzzy muddy visuals that look like they were a good person, but like, there are no big plays that are clear and clean. It’s all kind of like a weird lump — it really is. There’s no nice way to put it.” .

“And I think when you combine midfield play with some execution errors, maybe some unfortunate and unlucky situations with play design, some bad execution — whether it’s deep or not converting third points or dropped balls — all together, it’s just a cocktail disaster. It’s terrible football, and I feel bad on so many different levels to have to share it and watch it.”

And what’s the worst part on O’Sullivan’s mind? It may not be correctable.

“There is no one thing,” he continued. “I’m not sure he’s salvageable. I’m optimistic enough to think it could be. But I don’t know how you get away with how sloppy he is at footplay, with vision, with ball control, and what they ask him to do.

“I mean, he’s tough. He’s really, really, really hard, and I don’t think there’s anything close to the quarterback position anywhere else in the league right now.”

These are sentiments that no one would have thought to say nine months ago about Wilson, the Broncos offense and their long-term outlook.

But it became a grim reality for a moment in a terribly skewed season.


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