Russell Wilson doesn’t know how to play against the Seahawks’ rookies
While rookies might still be learning their way early in the season and making some mistakes along the way, a veteran player also likes to have the experience of having played against players before. In 2022, not only will the Seahawks have a different defensive coordinator than they did when Wilson was with the Seahawks, but Seattle will also have a lot of players Russell Wilson has never seen.
Sure, he can watch tape of preseason games and maybe some tape on Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen in college, but preseason schemes are so vanilla a player can only pick up so many tendencies. Playing against Woolen’s speed and Bryant’s moxie will be different.
I am not saying the Seahawks rookie corners Bryant and Woolen, both of who should see significant snaps against Russell Wilson and the Broncos, are better than Wilson. That would be silly. But Wilson can’t be too comfortable in knowing how Bryant and Woolen want to play either. Especially early in the game, this could create a few issues for Wilson.
Or, you know, Woolen and Bryant could just have so many communication breakdowns that Wilson is throwing at times to wide-open receivers. Let’s, of course, hope this isn’t the case. But anything is possible. And that includes Wilson throwing an interception of two to cornerbacks that he doesn’t know who are trying to prove themselves in their first professional game.