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FutureStarrColin Cowherd Appeales to LeBron James to Join Luka Docic on Dallas Mavericks
Colin Cowherd is out promoting a new project called The Next Great American Hoops Team and the first player to be on the list is Luka Doncic, the teenager who has made headlines with his spectacular performance against the New York Knicks. Cowherd believes that the Mavericks need to bring in some more help to support Doncic and the other young players. He also thinks that LeBron James should be on the roster.
Luka Doncic put on a historic performance against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. He had 60 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists, which is the first triple-double of his career. His 60 points also broke a franchise record, and he also scored his second 50-point game this season.
In the fourth quarter, he shot 8-of-11 from the floor, including five free throws. This was the first time in Mavs history that they've been this good from the line.
Luka Doncic's performance against the Knicks also breaks the personal record of most points in a single game for a rookie. He's the youngest player in the NBA to hit the mark this season, and he's now tied for the third-best record of all time with James Harden, who is six points ahead of Doncic at the moment.
The 23-year-old is averaging 33.6 points per game this season. He's also shooting over 60% from the field and over 77% from the line. He's already got seven 40-plus point games on the season, which is a new club record.
While it's hard to beat Doncic's performance, the Mavs are still 1-6 on the road. They've also struggled to convert from 3-point range. A couple of Doncic's teammates are averaging less than a point per possession, and they're struggling to find other shots.
But despite the loss, the Mavs had a great night overall. Jalen Brunson was supposed to play his first game back in Dallas after signing with the Knicks in free agency, but he sat out due to a hip injury.
But the Mavs rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game, and the Knicks were just outscoring the Mavs by six points. That back-and-forth sequence sent the game into overtime. However, Doncic's heroics in regulation set up the Mavs to win the game in the extra session.
After the game, players on Twitter were praising Doncic's incredible performance. Among them was Kevin Durant, who tweeted, "I love a young guy who's playing the way he is and has a chance to be the MVP."
Considering his performance, it's no wonder that Dallas Mavericks' head coach, Gregg Popovich, said, "I'm not a fan of the kid but I love the way he played tonight."
On top of all that, Luka Doncic surpassed Dirk Nowitzki's previous Mavs record of 53 points.
When it comes to winning the NBA title, there is no question that Los Angeles Lakers point guard LeBron James is the front runner. But the team is not out of the woods yet. The aforementioned Anthony Davis is sidelined with aggravated tendinitis in his right Achilles. And the franchise's biggest name, James Harden, is still getting reacquainted with the pros. Luckily for the storied franchise, the swoonworthy MVP candidate will be back by Friday. It is a great time to take advantage of the team's spry health and bolster the roster with an offseason addition.
The best way to go about doing it is to enlist the help of a marquee scorer. A savvy entrepreneur would already be starting to look into possible candidates. Whether that be through trades, free agency or via his own well-funded scouting department, Mark Cuban should consider adding a marquee scorer to the mix.
There is a reason that the Dallas Mavericks have won six in a row. Their leading scorer is rookie Luka Doncic, a wunderkind in his own right. Having a star player in your backcourt is a good start, but the best teams also have solid wingmen. Among the Mavericks' rotation are Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Spencer Dinwiddie and the like. While the Mavericks have plenty of weapons at their disposal, they haven't been able to put it all together.
Although the Mavericks are far from a lock for the playoffs, there are signs that they are on the upswing. In fact, the team has outscored its opposition by a hefty margin in two of the four games. If they can continue to stay healthy and build up their bench, they could be in line for a playoff run. However, if things do not go their way, the franchise will be at least a year or two away from competing for the championship. Nevertheless, they will still have plenty of reasons to celebrate. Just as with any successful business, they should not ignore the opportunities that come their way.
The Dallas Mavericks have made their presence known on the scouting radar. One of the most promising young stars in the league is rookie phenom Luka Doncic. After a promising albeit underwhelming debut season, he has been on a tear. In fact, he has averaged more points per game than both his predecessor, Maxi Kleber, and the rest of the Mavericks combined.
But where is the best place for Doncic to make an impact? Well, the Los Angeles Lakers are not in a hurry to make a move. As a result, they are more likely to leave him on his own. This could be a great opportunity for Doncic to flex his star power while influencing the decisions of his coaches and executive staff.
On the flip side, the Lakers haven't been the greatest decision makers in recent memory. While they are making moves to improve their roster, they aren't likely to pull the trigger on anything right away. And unless they decide to go for an all star lineup, they may wind up playing out the rest of the season with the same group. So, they will need to recruit some high profile talents, especially if they intend on re-signing veteran star LeBron James.
For the record, the Lakers have the best record in the NBA. With the team still on the hunt for a franchise three-peat, there is no reason they shouldn't consider the possibility. However, if they don't want to part with their prized asset, they have the luxury of waiting until the postseason to make an offer. Whether or not they do is another matter.
One of the best things about this season is the number of teams that are willing to make an offer. And there are a few, such as the Golden State Warriors, that have been known to be on the prowl for a big name player.
There are several reasons to believe that this could be the case. Although, as of yet, no one has been willing to make the jump.
There are plenty of reasons why Colin Cowherd is making the case for LeBron James to join Luka Docic on the Dallas Mavericks. For starters, Docic's stats are not impressive. He hasn't been able to make any impact as a team. In fact, he's lost two of his first road games. But that's all just a blip. If the Mavericks could get James to contribute to their offense, they would have a much better chance at winning in Dallas.
While it's true that LeBron James and Luka Doncic have similar skill sets, they aren't the same player. When LeBron plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, he's averaging over 30 points per game and shooting over 50% from the field. On the other hand, Docic averages more than 25 points a game and shoots over 45%. And he's still just 22 years old.
To a certain extent, Doncic is the new team guy, like Chris Paul and Steve Nash were for the Phoenix Suns. He's getting more help than Harden, who has a high barrier to being an MVP candidate. The same thing is true for Anthony Davis, who will miss the next few games while suffering from tendinitis in his right Achilles.
As far as Luka Doncic goes, he has the talent to be an MVP-caliber player. However, he has to get more help from his teammates and his front office. Unless he does, his ceiling is very low. That's what he needs to work on.
With the season coming to a close, LeBron James has an excellent opportunity to win his fifth NBA MVP. In fact, if he wins in the next month, he'll tie Bill Russell for the most all-time. Not to mention, he'll also tie Michael Jordan for the most all-time MVPs. If he can do that, he'll be able to claim his fourth MVP and become one of the best NBA players of all time. So let's hope he can do it!
If you're a fan of the Dallas Mavericks, then you probably know that the team is currently without starting guard Josh Green for the foreseeable future due to an injury to his right elbow. However, head coach Jason Kidd has provided an update on the status of Green's injury and he doesn't expect it to be a long-term problem. This should come as a welcome development.
The Dallas Mavericks are getting hit with a double whammy of injuries. Not only is Dorian Finney-Smith sidelined with a groin injury, but Josh Green is also dealing with the elbow. While the mavericks have not ruled out the possibility of a quick return to action, they are more likely to make it a multi-week affair. In the meantime, their young guns will take the stage, led by the always entertaining Luka Doncic.
It's no secret that Dorian Finney-Smith is a valuable part of the Mavericks' offense, especially in the paint. He can score the points, albeit on a very limited scale, and can shoot the ball as well as anyone. At the same time, his accuracy has improved greatly under the guidance of Jason Kidd. Moreover, the Mavericks are not the only ones he has helped; Finney-Smith has also assisted in the offensive set-ups of fellow Mavs, most notably Luka Doncic.
On the other hand, Josh Green has been dealing with a lingering elbow sprain that will likely keep him out of the rotation for some time. This means that the team will have to shuffle its lineups. The Mavericks have been bitten by the injury bug in December, with multiple players sidelined for the past eight games. However, a cursory look at their roster suggests that they might be able to pick up some wins with the likes of Reggie Bullock, Anthony Davis, and Dwight Powell all healthy and back in action.
What hasn't been figured out is what to do with the other aforementioned members of the scout squad. With Josh Green, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber all sidelined for the time being, the two young guns in the middle of the rotation could take a bit of a backseat in favor of Derrick Wood and Dwight Powell. Moreover, the other aforementioned members of the gang haven't played well of late, so it's hard to tell where they'll fit into the mix. And even if they do, they'll have to deal with the mammoth task of figuring out which player will be the next big thing in Dallas.
Fortunately, the Mavericks haven't been too bad without their star players. In fact, they're 18-16 on the season, and have won two straight. Nonetheless, the mavericks have a long way to go. They'll need to start winning soon to keep their playoff hopes alive. Of course, it will be up to the fans to give them the motivation they need to do it.
The best thing about this stacked frontcourt is that they've been able to play together in a meaningful way. Using the same lineup for the past several months has been an ideal way to get to know each other, and their rapport has paid off handsomely.
It may not be until next season that Hardy is able to crack into the Mavericks rotation, but he has shown potential in the preseason. He scored a career-high 29 points in a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in two games with the G League's Texas Legends.
Hardy has the tools to make an immediate impact in the NBA, but his ceiling isn't too high. Although he has proven that he can make plays, he will have to develop other areas of his game. His shooting will need to improve, and he will have to be more deferential to the superstar guard Luka Doncic.
Impact Hardy was drafted in the second round, but the 20-year-old has already proven that he can play at a high level. He was expected to be a top-five pick coming out of high school, but his lack of productivity last year with the Ignite pushed him down the draft board. But he has a legitimate shot at making the All-Rookie Team and is expected to be a breakout player.
The Mavs have been impressed with Hardy so far, but he has yet to receive much playing time. He is a 20-year-old with a strong frame and athleticism, but he is still developing his game. In two games with the Mavericks this season, he has totaled 10 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Hardy is a natural scorer, but he also has the ability to create his own shots. His three-point percentages aren't great, but he has a good frame and a smooth release. Hardy is a good shooter, but he needs to improve on his decision-making.
Impact Hardy's back was injured while he was with the Texas Legends in the G League Showcase. After two days of rehabilitation, Hardy returned to the team and scored 29 points in 36 minutes. He was able to rely on his shooting in the second half, hitting four of his five shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. With the loss of Kemba Walker and Reggie Bullock, it's possible that he may see more minutes in the Mavericks' rotation.
Jason Kidd has shown a willingness to give hardworking younger players a chance to shine. During the preseason, he has seen Hardy take charge, scoring 16 points in his first game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This was a big boost for a team that had been reeling from a five-game loss to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals.
When Hardaway was on the floor, the Mavericks offense saw a three-point improvement per 100 possessions. However, Hardaway struggled to consistently defend, as his contested 3-point percentages dropped below 30 percent.
Hardy has been a consistent performer at the G League level, and has the frame, shooting range and overall athleticism to be a solid contributor in the NBA. He should develop into a dependable, efficient player with a strong shot creation and rebounding ability.
After playing the first quarter of the NBA season waiting for an offer, Kemba Walker has been given a chance to play for the Dallas Mavericks. The former All-Star has had some injury troubles through the years and was out of action until January of this year. But after signing a one-year deal with the team, Walker has made a big splash in his first game with the team.
In the first five games of the season, Walker averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. While that may not seem like much, it's important to remember that the Mavericks are struggling offensively.
Walker has had to deal with knee injuries in recent seasons and hasn't had a full year to get accustomed to a new NBA system. The Mavericks have also had to deal with the departure of Jalen Brunson, who was the team's ball handler and second option on offense.
Kemba Walker has played in 11 NBA seasons, including three with the Knicks. He has been an offensive orchestrator and "attack-first" guard. As such, he's been an unselfish player with the ball. His ability to score on his own is another reason to like him.
However, the former All-Star has not been able to establish himself as a reliable backcourt player in Dallas. That's largely because the Mavericks have struggled to prioritize playmaking outside of Luka Doncic.
Despite that, it's hard to think of a better move than signing Walker. For starters, the move has the potential to be a major boost to the Mavs as a second unit player. Secondly, he can provide a consistent backcourt option in the absence of Doncic. And third, it could be fun for the franchise.
It's no secret that the Dallas Mavericks haven't been able to find a replacement for Brunson. They've had to settle for a roster that has a lot of flaws. So far this season, they've lost nine of their 10 games by single digits. A loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday was especially disheartening because it was on a crucial last possession.
The Mavericks' next four games will be on the road. On Tuesday, the team hosts the New York Knicks. Fortunately for the fans in New York, the Mavericks have a chance to avenge their loss on the road.
Until then, the team will spend the next ten days trying to get back on track after a stellar start to the season. This includes the first two games of a two-game road trip. If they manage to avoid a loss on the road, they'll have a chance to win four of their remaining six home games.
Although Kemba Walker's arrival won't be a huge improvement for the Mavericks, he can provide a valuable boost as a reserve player. After all, the Mavs' front office has been unable to come up with a replacement for Brunson and a consistent ball handler for Doncic.
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Luka Doncic scored an impressive 51 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 126-125 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. They are now 21-16 on the season and 6-11 on the road.
In the NBA, one hot streak can make a difference in a crowded Western Conference. In the past eight days, Doncic has scored three 50-point games, including a 60-point game against the Knicks.
In addition to the most obvious number, Doncic tallied a triple-double with five rebounds, nine assists and two steals. It's been an impressive month for him. He was named the league's leading one-on-one scorer, and ranks fourth among the top 20 scorers in the league. His 526 points in December also tied him with Kawhi Leonard for the most in the franchise's history.
Other notable stats include the Mavericks' 34-26 advantage in the paint. Moreover, the Mavericks are shooting 57.4 percent on the road, which is a career-high.
Doncic had a great first quarter with 22 points. He also took the honors for the most assists with nine. During the game, he was 18-for-28 from the field. Despite his strong scoring output, the Mavericks stymied the Spurs' furious rally in the second half. With 3:27 remaining, the Spurs cut the Mavericks' lead to 112-111 after a Zach Collins layup.
After a frantic final minute, the Mavericks re-established their lead. Doncic was aggressive on defense, which led to six assists in the third quarter. One of them was the most important to the outcome of the game. A turnover by Tim Hardaway Jr. was the culprit.
Doncic isn't destined to be stopped by a few bad shots and some defensive lapses. Fortunately for him, he has a team that needs him to do his thing.
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a 126-125 game on Tuesday night. Despite taking a 17-point lead in the third period, the Spurs could not overcome the Mavericks. This marked the second time in five games the Spurs have dropped a game in Las Vegas.
While the Spurs did not win in Las Vegas, they were still able to end 2022 on a high note. They started to see their young talent step up. That's a promising sign for the team's future.
One of the players to watch for next season is Jeremy Sochan, a 6-9 forward who was a draft surprise as a freshman at Baylor. He was selected with the ninth overall pick in the draft.
He's got a 7'0 wingspan and a 230-pound frame, which makes him a great horizontal athlete. He can also handle the ball and guard multiple positions.
While he hasn't reached his full potential yet, he has shown flashes of offensive ability. His jump shot has not been great, but he's improved on free throws.
He can play off the ball, as evidenced by his ability to pass well. But he also has the ability to space the floor and make hustle plays. It's hard to trust him at the point, but he can defend it.
Whether he's the wing stopper or the imposing rim protector, Sochan is a good fit for a team that wants to develop its young stars. However, he will need to show that he can score enough to earn NBA defenses' respect.
Jeremy Sochan was one of the brightest young talents in the draft. He's a tough competitor and a smart passer. If he can add more to his game, he has the potential to become a Draymond Green-type two-way player.
The Dallas Mavericks have a pretty decent shot at nabbing the Southwest Division title and putting the Spurs in their rear-end. In fact, they are just about ahead of the rebuilding curve in Memphis and New Orleans. However, they are missing a few of their key players such as Marco Belinelli and Lonnie Walker. For a team that generated a fair amount of hype last season, they did pretty well.
As for what they're missing, they have enough depth and experience to overcome any number of injuries. If they can get healthy and pick up the requisite players, they'll be right in the running for the title of best team in the Southwest Division. To round out the picture, the likes of Jalen Brunson and Josh Richardson are up for the task. Aside from their own signatures, the team has a solid supporting cast, including a couple of first round draft choices in Tyrese Rice and Danny Green.
What's more, if they're smart, they'll keep their young guns in the fold. After all, the Mavericks have the grit and guile to make a serious run at the playoffs. They'll also be looking to improve their offense as the season unfolds. And if they're going to get serious about the offense, they'll need some help at the other end. So they might need to sign some veterans to beef up the backcourt, although this is one area where they're already a step ahead of their rivals.
Although the Mavericks' playoff campaign did not come out on top, they did show improvement in the important categories. They finished 18th in defensive rating while being one of the most efficient offensive teams in the league.
The Dallas Mavericks are trying to make some changes and shake things up. There are legitimate concerns about the roster. One player who could help the team's depth is Tim Hardaway Jr. Fortunately for the Mavericks, the 30-year-old shooter has a contract that is set to expire after the season.
Hardaway is known for his explosive shooting. He's capable of averaging 20 points per game. However, it's unclear if he can handle a role as a wing defender.
After a solid sophomore season, Hardaway struggled in the first half of his junior year. His 3-point percentage dropped to 30.8 percent. This led to a foot injury that he suffered early in the season. Since then, he hasn't played.
Last season, the Mavericks reached the Western Conference finals. In that run, the Mavericks were surrounded by very good defenders. Luka Doncic and Reggie Bullock were the two players closest to Hardaway.
When Hardaway is on the floor, the Mavericks' offense averages three more points per 100 possessions. It's not a perfect statistic, but it's a good one.
The Dallas Mavericks are looking to improve their roster and restock the bench. They've re-signed veteran wing Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $72 million deal.
Dallas is looking to improve the bench and add some more rebounding. With Hardaway, the Mavericks have a defender who can play multiple positions. That will be a huge plus.
As a high volume shooter, Hardaway can create space for teammates. But his shooting has reverted to poor habits.
While his contract is set to expire, Hardaway should command a big deal in the NBA. He can also be an asset for a team in need of a scorer.
The San Antonio Spurs fell 126-125 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. It was a thriller. Luka Doncic had a huge game, scoring 51 points.
Jeremy Sochan had a decent game. He scored 20 points on 58% shooting from the field. Those numbers are impressive, but he also missed two one-handed free throws.
There is a lot to like about Jeremy Sochan. For starters, he is a versatile defender. And, he could be a real star in fantasy leagues. But, he still needs to improve his shooting.
In the first quarter, Jeremy Sochan got buckets inside. He then drew a foul and sunk the first shot of the second quarter. After that, the Spurs struggled to get a good offense going.
They were up 17 at one point. They trimmed the lead to four at halftime. But, in the third quarter, they closed within 112-111 with just under five minutes to go.
Jeremy Sochan has had a great season, but he needs to get his shooting right. His numbers are only in the twenties, and he only has one shot above 20 percent from three-point range.
While the Spurs have improved their offensive spacing, their shooting is not. And, they need help from the outside to improve. That was the case when Sochan tried to post up Doncic. Rather than putting a teammate in the middle, he tried to stiff the nimble rookie.
One of the things the Spurs did right in the second quarter was execute a corner trap on Doncic. This facilitated a pair of screens. Not only did Doncic have a chance to score a layup, he had a chance to tie the game or send it to overtime.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson's problems remain at the top of the team's priority list. During the team's disastrous loss to the Los Angeles Rams last weekend, Russell struggled in the pocket and the defense failed to generate much of anything other than heartache. If Russ continues to struggle, Denver will need to find a solution soon.
After a rocky 2-3 start, the Denver Broncos are finally in a position to win the AFC West. But their biggest priority right now is the health of quarterback Russell Wilson.
After Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, a concussion ruled Wilson out for the rest of the game. The Broncos aren't sure how long he will be sidelined, but they do know that he will not be in practice this week.
As a result, the Broncos could choose to sit Wilson out of the Week 17 matchup with the New York Jets. They also have the option of sitting him out of the bye week, but they have four more games left.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Wilson is whether or not he'll be able to play in London in October against the Jaguars. He's been injured at various times this season, and he was even banged up in the opening quarter of Denver's Week 2 game against the Raiders.
But he managed to go through the pain during Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers. He threw for two touchdowns and was also the team's top rusher with 57 yards. However, he also took a serious hit during his rushing attempt.
Wilson suffered a head injury and was taken to the locker room after he was hit. He had a large knot on his forehead and appeared to be unconscious for a moment. This injury may linger for a few weeks, though it's not expected to require surgery.
Although Wilson has been knocked out of games, the fact that he played through this latest injury is a positive sign for the Broncos. It's still unclear if he'll return to the field for Week 10, but there's a good chance that he'll be back for the final four games of the season.
The Broncos have an opportunity to make their first playoff appearance in six years with three games remaining. They could make a strong case for that with a win against the Cardinals in Week 17, but they'll need to get past this one.
In the first two weeks of the new season, the Denver Broncos were without their top wideout, Courtland Sutton. Sutton suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and was held out of the lineup for two games. But the receiver returned to action in Week 16. After a week off, he was on the field during position drills and practice in full on Wednesday.
Despite his limited appearances, Sutton has remained a key member of the Denver offense. Sutton has been targeted six times and has racked up five catches for 64 yards. He is averaging a 79 percent snap share.
The Broncos have been without quarterback Russell Wilson since he was injured during Week 13. If he does not return, Sutton will likely be called upon to fill the void. And if Sutton can perform well in the game, he could reclaim a valuable role in the Broncos' offense.
During his tenure with the Broncos, Sutton has had ups and downs. He has made correctable mistakes and he has dealt with a milquetoast passing scheme. However, he has also emerged as the team's most consistent offensive player. With his ability to make big plays down the field, he is a high-volume threat on Denver's offense.
He is averaging 116 yards per game. His DYAR ranking of 116 ranks second in the NFL. Moreover, his opportunity metrics rank in the top four. That makes him a very valuable player.
This week, the Broncos have a lot of work to do to meet expectations for the 2023 season. They may not have as many pass-catching weapons as they would like. For instance, Jerry Jeudy has already been limited by an injury, and Kendall Hinton is questionable to play.
Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett said that both receivers will be used in different ways when Sutton returns. Hopefully, that will allow the team to take advantage of the talent on their roster.
Sutton's hamstring injury, which has sidelined him for the past two weeks, should not prevent him from returning against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17. However, he is still likely to miss the game.
It may seem like a foregone conclusion, but the Broncos' loss to the Los Angeles Rams remains one of the worst of the season. As a result, they are 4-12 heading into Week 17. The Broncos' offense has not been effective, and their special teams are among the worst in the NFL. This means the team may not be able to rebound in the playoffs.
While the Broncos' defense has collapsed in big moments this year, the main culprit for their lackluster performance is quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has struggled to make plays when under pressure. In fact, he has misfired on a number of passes this season. And he has also taken a lot of sacks.
Although there is no guarantee that Wilson will be traded in the offseason, the Broncos have a number of options. One option is to look to other players. Another option is to fire head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who hasn't been successful in his first season in Denver.
Regardless of what the future holds for Wilson and the Denver Broncos, they have a lot of work to do on the offensive side of the ball next year. The Broncos have been inconsistent this season, scoring 15.6 points per game while averaging just 3.5 yards per rush. That's a far cry from their potential when they had the services of the likes of Tim Patrick and Javonte Williams.
Even with the departure of those two veteran starters, the Broncos' offense didn't get much going. They only managed one touchdown.
For the most part, Wilson didn't do anything spectacular, and his performance wasn't as much of a revelation as it was in the past. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 214 yards and three interceptions.
Despite the team's struggles, the Broncos are still in the AFC West, where they have a chance to play spoiler against the Seahawks in Week 16. But the Seahawks are outside the playoffs. So, if the Broncos aren't able to salvage their season, it's likely they'll lose the division. Hopefully, a better second season for Wilson and a new head coach will lead to a better finish in 2018.
Overall, the Los Angeles Rams are a lot better than the Denver Broncos. If they can beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 17 and make the playoffs, they'll be a contender.
The Denver Broncos' worst defeat of the season has to be attributed to the team's poor offense. Despite the offense's struggles, the Broncos have yet to find a way to win consistently. However, the team has been able to generate some positive moments this season, including an impressive performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the Broncos' passing attack has shown some flashes of greatness, the team's offensive issues go deeper than just their playbook. Several defensive coaches have commented on Wilson's play in recent weeks, pointing out his tendency to avoid open receivers in short areas of the field.
The Broncos will have to re-tool their offense for next season and beyond, and that includes finding a new head coach. But if the current head coach believes that Wilson is unsalvageable, he could wait until May or the start of the free agency period to cut him. That would save $8 million.
On the other hand, if the team brass believes that Wilson's career has already run its course, he could be cut. There are a number of teams that are perpetually looking for a quarterback upgrade. Some of those include the Seattle Seahawks, the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants, and the Atlanta Falcons.
If the Broncos cut Russell Wilson, they could save more than $8 million in dead cap. The Broncos have been re-structuring contracts to cut costs. This could leave the team with extra money to spend on other players. In addition, if they don't make a move, the team could face other veteran cap casualties.
In the end, the Denver Broncos' biggest issue this season is their quarterback. As such, the team's priority list should be focused on ensuring Wilson's health. After all, Wilson's performance on Sunday is not typical of his career. Whether or not Hackett made the wrong move in bringing Wilson to the team, there is no doubt that the offense has not worked well in recent weeks.
The Broncos could take advantage of Wilson's mistakes by re-building their offense for next season and beyond. In the meantime, the team needs to find a way to capitalize on its mismatches.
In a move that may have surprised some, the Broncos and quarterback Russell Wilson have agreed to a new contract. The deal, which will run through the 2021 season, is a whopping 10 percent of the team's salary cap. That's a hefty price tag for a quarterback who hasn't had much success in Denver in recent years, and whose team hasn't been in the playoffs in seven years.
In the NFL, Russell Wilson's name is synonymous with superstar quarterback. He is a two-sport athlete and a two-time Super Bowl champion. However, his reputation hasn't been without controversy. This is especially true since he departed Seattle's organization in the last few months.
While it's not surprising to see teammates target Wilson on the field, there are several reasons to be concerned about the man himself. First, his reputation as a "bad boy" could have a negative effect on the rest of the team. Secondly, Wilson's ego could be a distraction. And lastly, there is a good chance that the Denver Broncos aren't destined for a Super Bowl run.
As a matter of fact, there have been several instances of teammates taking to social media to criticize Wilson. The best example of this is from Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Russell Wilson has been sacked 16 times this season. Meanwhile, his offense has averaged only 15 points per game. These are both signs that Wilson isn't a perfect quarterback. It's also worth noting that the Denver Broncos are currently 4-11 on the season.
The good news is that Wilson is not likely to be released by the Denver Broncos. They have a $165 million guaranteed contract.
While it's true that Russell Wilson hasn't exactly been a stellar quarterback, it's a safe bet that his reputation as a player, coach and leader won't suffer much. Even so, it's difficult to ignore the criticisms he's received.
Aside from the obvious reasons, some are wondering if the hype is justified. Wilson is a superstar athlete who has earned a large contract based on his excellence as a quarterback.
Russell Wilson had a few great seasons in Seattle, but he has not been as good in recent years. It isn't just his accuracy. He's struggled with scrambling out of mistakes. His mobility has slowed down, and he isn't as effective in short middle of the field as he was a year ago.
The next generation stats have been useful for comparing quarterbacks' deep passing abilities. But they're hit or miss.
For example, you might find that a player has a high QBR when he throws a deep pass, but that doesn't mean he's been great. Similarly, you might find that a quarterback has an excellent QBR when he scrambles, but his accuracy is just as bad when he's not on the run.
As a result, you might not consider it a sign of the times that Russ Wilson is struggling this season. In fact, his accuracy to the deep left is about 15 percent lower than it was a year ago.
Similarly, his accuracy to the short left is about 10 percent lower. When it comes to throwing out of structure, he's also not doing as well as he did a year ago.
One way to tell that is by looking at the number of two-deep coverages he sees. Over the past four years, the league as a whole has gone from a one-deep coverage to a two-deep coverage. This is something Russell Wilson has faced more of in the Seattle Seahawks' peak years.
Another way to tell that is by looking at how much play-action the NFL uses. Russell Wilson's play-action rate is about 25 percent this year, and that's down from an average of around 40 percent last year.
If you haven't heard, the Denver Broncos recently traded for quarterback Russell Wilson. The trade came at a high price for the Broncos. In exchange for Wilson, the Broncos traded for DL Shelby Harris, TE Noah Fant, and a fourth round pick in 2022.
At the time of the trade, Wilson was due $24 million in the upcoming season and would be owed a total of $124 million over the first three years. This contract is a huge commitment for the Broncos.
However, it will also provide the team with a degree of flexibility moving forward. Since it's structured in a way that doesn't make it hard to cut bait after the 2022 season, the Broncos may be able to move on from Wilson.
The Wilson contract will guarantee him $124 million in the first three years and option bonuses of $92 million over the next seven seasons. After that, Wilson's salary will be spread out over the next five years.
With the new deal, Wilson becomes the second-highest paid player in the NFL, behind Arizona's Kyler Murray ($160 million). His average annual value is now $35 million, just shy of Aaron Rodgers' $150.8 million.
Although the Broncos will incur a $49.6 million dead cap charge if they cut Wilson, it will still be a small price to pay for the QB. If he plays for another team, Denver can offset his earnings with another club against the salaries.
For his part, Wilson isn't performing like a starter-caliber quarterback. He has completed fewer than 80 percent of his passes this season, and his passer rating of 82.8 ranks 22nd in the league. And he has thrown five interceptions.
The Denver Broncos aren't the best run blocking team in the league, but they haven't been that bad either. However, they don't have the offensive line that can consistently win matchups with power.
The Broncos have a pretty good offensive line. A couple of the players on it are in the top five at their respective positions. But overall, the unit isn't as good as the Becton unit.
The Broncos' run game has been one of their most important offensive facets since Mike Munchak took over prior to the 2020 season. That said, they've also had several hiccups along the way. In the last few years, they've had to face several injuries on their offensive line, including a knee injury to starting right tackle Thayer Munford. This means that they're likely to have a camp battle over who will take the top job.
In the run game, the Broncos use a lot of the inside zone. It's a no-lose play in the NFL, as double teams create vertical running lanes. And while the name is not as flashy as the actual scheme, it's one of the best in the business.
Of course, the aforementioned scheme is not the only way to have a successful run game. Some of the most successful teams of recent years, including the Eagles, have been credited with using zone blocking principles to great effect.
While the Broncos' offensive line isn't as impressive as the Becton unit, they still have a solid group of players. For now, you can't count on them to do much better than the Bears'. But, with Kenyon Green and a first round draft pick in the mix, they should be in good shape moving forward.
The Denver Broncos' season ended with a thud. They finished 7-10, tied for the worst record in the NFL, and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season. While this may seem like a trivial issue, it's actually one of the bigger problems facing the Broncos in the future.
It's no secret that the team has been struggling offensively this season. Wilson has struggled with his decision-making and scrambling to get back into the pocket. He also has a bloated injured reserve list that has weighed down his performance. This has impacted the way the offense runs, too.
Wilson has been a good quarterback in Seattle, but his recent slump has left Denver fans questioning the trade they made. A move that has left Wilson owed $104 million through 2020, plus another $242.5 million in a five-year extension.
This contract, which will extend through 2028, guarantees most of his salary. Until that point, the Broncos can spread $49.6 million due over two years for cap purposes.
But if the team cannot afford to keep Wilson for this entire season, it will have to make a hard choice. Ultimately, the decision is a matter of the broker's finger. And given the distance between Denver and Kansas City, it's a tough call.
But for now, the Broncos must find some answers to the issues surrounding Wilson. First and foremost, they must find a solution before the season ends.
Second, they must figure out who their new wide receivers are. Undrafted players are a concern. Third, they must find a way to get more out of their quarterback.
If Wilson can't get out of this contract, it's unclear how he can help the Broncos. But if he can play at a decent level, he might become a caricature of himself.
If you haven't heard, Russell Wilis has been outspoken in his support of fellow quarterback Russell Wilson. He's been speaking out for Russell's rights and he's my hero! I love hearing people who are passionate about their teams stand up for their teammates! In fact, when my son was younger, I made sure to tell him to do that! It's good to see that someone who is as young as Russell has the guts to stand up for the guys he loves!
Amid injuries and injuries, the Tennessee Titans have an offense that isn't good at all. In fact, the Titans' offense hasn't been much of a passing offense. Rather, it's been built around running the ball down the field.
The team's pass rush hasn't been able to wreak too much havoc on opposing quarterbacks, though. Instead, the Titans' offense has relied on Derrick Henry's legs to get the ball down the field.
Henry hasn't been the superman he was last season, but he hasn't been as bad as he's been the past few weeks either. He has averaged less than three yards per carry in three of his four games this season.
However, the Tennessee Titans have found ways to keep the ball moving down the field even without Henry. They've finished in the top ten in first downs twice in the last three seasons, and have run the ball for a third straight year.
The Titans haven't been a top-seed since 2014, but they've still won two postseason games of five. Hopefully, this means they'll be more successful in the playoffs than they were in the regular season.
One way to improve the Titans' offense is to make sure it's more effective in the playoffs. That would mean hiring a new offensive coordinator. Currently, the team is under the direction of Mike Vrabel, who's worked as the team's head coach for the past four years.
The Titans aren't expected to be world-beaters, but they can put their wideouts in a better position to succeed. Their coaches can help create mismatches and leverage their players.
If they hire a new offensive coordinator, the Titans' offense will probably still be inefficient. However, the team's passing attack should be better than it has been in the regular season.
It's no secret that the Denver Broncos are having a rough go of it. The team has dropped five of its last six games, and is now 4-11 on the season. While the team is looking to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first NFL team to finish the season with a winless record, there's still plenty of work to be done.
After all, the team has one more game against the Kansas City Chiefs before they have to make up ground on the Chargers in their bid for a playoff berth. In fact, the Broncos are averaging the fewest points in the league this season, and are on track for a fourth-straight year with no postseason berth. Aside from the obvious quarterback question marks, the Denver Broncos have a plethora of other questions to answer before they can be considered contenders in the coming weeks.
Among the Broncos' new faces are Russell Wilson, a former Seattle Seahawk who was named the team's top-ranked signal-caller last season. While Wilson's performance this season has been less than stellar, his teammates have shown no shortage of grit. One of them is a rookie wide receiver, and another is a veteran tight end. Both players have earned their fair share of accolades in their time with the Broncos.
And while no Broncos player has ever been enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame, two have been drafted in the top 10 of their respective classes. That's no small feat, but it's not unheard of. Indeed, the Broncos threw their hat into the ring in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and they should have a pretty decent core of players to work with next season.
There's a reason that the Denver Broncos' fumbled their way to a 17-16 loss to Seattle last week. And it's not because of the team's quarterback. Despite a solid effort from running back Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, the Broncos lost because of two defensive fumbles, the most costly of which came in the fourth quarter.
It's no secret that the Broncos aren't doing so hot this year. The team leads the NFL in hamstring injuries, and has nine one-point losses to boot. This is despite the fact that they have played a full slate of games, including eight divisional opponents and four opponents with playoff aspirations. Injuries have been a big problem throughout the season for the defending Super Bowl champs.
One thing the Broncos have done right this season is their defensive line. They have allowed the least amount of sacks among all 30 teams. That's thanks in large part to the contributions of offensive lineman Dalton Risner, who is a candidate for Walter Payton Man of the Year.
A recent tweet from Barstool Sports about Broncos Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe's tweet about Wilson's office at the team's headquarters is proof that the media can get a little snarky about the QB. But the newest addition to the Denver Broncos' coaching staff, interim head coach Craig Rosburg, has his own take on the media buzz. He believes that Wilson is still the future of the organization.
Among other things, he's taken over the role of special teams coordinator. With former Broncos assistant coaches fired and the organization in flux, Rosburg's input has been needed.
After being traded to the Denver Broncos in the offseason, Russell Wilson was met with a hostile reception at Lumen Field. A majority of the fans booed him. They believed his best days were behind him.
But as the season progressed, Wilson became careless with the ball. He had nine interceptions in the last six games. He was also pressured on half of the dropbacks. As a result, the Seahawks lost their playoff contention.
In Week 17, Wilson had a strong fantasy performance against the Arizona Cardinals. He threw a short pass to a rookie. It went two yards. Considering the Broncos have struggled to run the ball, this was an impressive feat.
Kyler Murray is a former high school all-American and a member of the Oklahoma Sooners. He is the third oldest active running back in the NFL. Murray has rushed for 6,000+ career yards.
Murray is an important part of the Broncos' offense. He has rushed for 86 yards and a 6.1-yard average this season. That's more than 33-year-old Mark Ingram has on the Saints.
Murray has also taken young running backs under his wing. Whether or not he's a one-season wonder, Murray is a solid veteran leader in the Broncos' locker room.
Although he has been criticized for his inability to make consistent decisions, Wilson has a chance to improve next season. He could also rebound from his performance against the Cardinals. Until then, he should consider examining his preparation.
The escapability of Wilson made him a super quarterback. If he can improve his decision making, he'll be a force to be reckoned with.
There's still a lot to figure out with the Broncos' offense. Murray is the most productive runner in the league. Hopefully, he can find his place in Denver.
The Denver Broncos fired Nathaniel Hackett on Monday, and the team's interim head coach, Jerry Rosburg, has already been in the media for three freewheeling press conferences. On Friday, he spoke to reporters about what he hopes to convey to the public on Sunday when the Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs.
He opened by saying that he's tired of the fact that Russell Wilson is being shredded in the public's opinion. And he pointed to players such as Jerry Jeudy as the "hero" in standing up for the quarterback.
In a social media post, Jeudy defended Wilson. He claimed that there are "false narratives" behind the criticism. Moreover, he also argued that his performance was not a reason for the sack.
Rosburg's support of Wilson has grown since he came to Denver. The Broncos quarterback completed 11 of 12 passes for 149 yards in a Week 4 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. His best play of the season, a 39-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Dulcich, depended on his ability to stay in the pocket.
The next Broncos head coach, however, will have to deal with Wilson. And he's going to have to do it for a long time.
The NFL's richest ownership group could offer a record-setting deal for the next coach. But it's unclear whether that could be the case. That said, the Denver Broncos have a lot of questions to answer on offense in the offseason.
One of those questions is who the quarterback whisperer will be. While there's a possibility that the Broncos' next head coach is Rosburg, the odds are a lot more likely that it's a quarterback guru such as Aaron Rodgers or Andy Dalton.
If there is anyone in the Denver Broncos locker room that is a hero for me it is Jeudy Rosburg. Not only is he the only member of the Broncos that I trust and respect, he is also a guy that I know has a very high opinion of quarterback Russell Wilson. In fact, he has come out in support of Wilson's claim that he hasn't had a ton of opportunities to practice this season and that he's just going to be a backup this season. This is a huge statement from a guy who hasn't lived up to his potential and I'm very grateful for his bravery in standing up for a player he thinks is a better quarterback than he is.
Aside from the team's penchant for yanking out their starters, this week's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs marks the first time they've faced off with a stern adversary since the team's inception in 2014. Despite the tumultuous beginnings, the Broncos have a giddy inclination to perform a comeback. The good news is that a flurry of impressively dressed players have been on hand to help. Among those is quarterback Russell Wilson, who is the only survivor in the team's three game-deciding quarters. Despite his tepid showing, Wilson showed he's got the goods to keep Denver's playoff hopes alive and well. While the Broncos' offensive line is far from faultless, they've done a decent job keeping Wilson upright in the pocketbook. Having a reliable if not dependable backup in Wilson is a good thing for a team that ranks last in the conference standings. This is not to mention a slew of top notch receivers in the likes of Xavior and Chris Harris. With a retooled offense in hand, this team is looking to turn things around in the final two games of the season. Hopefully, they'll get their quarterbacks to do their job a la mode. Until then, we'll just have to get on with it.
If you are a Denver Broncos fan, you might be disappointed to learn that quarterback Russell Wilson is having a terrible season. He has thrown 14 interceptions and 12 touchdowns over the last 22 games, and is now completing just 60 percent of his passes. That's not a good record for a signal caller, but it isn't the worst of his career.
Fortunately, some Broncos players and coaches have stepped up to defend Wilson, including wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. While Jerry hasn't topped his potential, he has made some highlight-reel plays for the team this year.
In the last two weeks, Jeudy has hauled in 90 passes for over 1,300 yards and has scored three touchdowns. His route-running abilities and elite speed should be a major asset for the Broncos in the future.
In addition to Jeudy, Kendall Hinton and Baron Browning have also practiced in limited capacity this week. However, all three are questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
But a video of the two rookies playing together has gone viral on social media, and it has Broncos fans fired up about the future. Hopefully, it won't be long before Jeudy and Wilson become an effective pair.
Before the season, Jeudy was touted as a star WR coming out of Alabama in 2020. He had 24 receptions for 343 yards and four touchdowns in his final two seasons at Alabama.
The Denver Broncos drafted Jeudy in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Many expect him to be a huge part of the offense in 2022. He will have a fresh slate to work with, and he should be a major part of Wilson's future success.
But despite his blazing speed and route-running abilities, Jeudy has a history of dropbacks and other minor injuries. As a result, he needed a voice in the huddle and meeting rooms.
But the quarterback has made some bewildering decisions over the course of his career. And he has received some harsh criticism on social media.
When Jerry Rosburg stepped into the interim coach role at Denver last week, the quarterbacks on the roster stood up in defense of their veteran signal caller. Several players have defended Russell Wilson on Twitter and social media. But the most intriguing part of this story is that the Denver Broncos' best receiver, Jerry Jeudy, has been vocal on the defense.
In the two weeks since the loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Jeudy has had three touchdown catches and racked up 17 targets in just two games. That's an impressive feat, especially given that he's only played in six career regular season games.
This week, he got the attention of the media and the fans. He defended Russell Wilson on Twitter and in the locker room. Even his teammates took notice.
Rosburg called Jeudy a hero for standing up for Wilson. The former NFL assistant was a little surprised by the amount of criticism Wilson is getting on Twitter and social media. At first, he wished to call it "bullshit." However, later on, he changed his mind.
A short video has gotten a lot of attention online. It shows Wilson throwing darts to Jeudy during a late night training session. Other Broncos, including Melvin Gordon, have also stepped up in support of their quarterback.
After an offseason dominated by uncertainty, the Denver Broncos landed a star signal caller in Russell Wilson. Wilson has thrown for more than 37,000 yards in his career and has been a Pro Bowler in nine of his 10 seasons. With that said, it seems as if the Broncos are stumbling through a rough patch.
If things don't improve soon, the team may find itself in the same position as it was in the beginning of the year. Still, there's a chance the Broncos will make a statement by playing well in Kansas City.
If there's one player who should be considered the star of the Broncos' offense in 2022, it's Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy has already hauled in 90 passes and has more than 1,200 receiving yards in just his second season in the league.
If you're a Denver Broncos fan, you probably have a lot of respect for Russell Wilson. The former Monday Night Football star has been a reliable quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks over the last decade. He's been a part of nine Pro Bowls and has thrown for over 37,000 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns in his career.
Now that he's in the Broncos, he has been getting some extra work in and has already been putting in some time on the practice field. However, it wasn't until this week that Rosburg's attitude towards Wilson started to change.
When the Denver Broncos lost to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, several members of the team stood up for Russell Wilson. Some even posted on social media. This included receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.
Sutton has had a big year for the Broncos, as he finished with 1,000 receiving yards and led the team in receptions. While he has not yet scored a touchdown, he has still been a consistent target for Wilson.
Jerry Jeudy has been a steady presence for the Broncos this season. With the addition of Wilson, Jeudy is expected to be a key piece of the offense. In fact, Jeudy was selected by the Broncos in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.
While the Denver Broncos are a long way from a playoff spot, they're already starting to get some work in. On Thursday, the team began practicing outside. And on Friday, they took advantage of the good weather to put some work on the practice field.
After an incredibly disappointing first half of the season, the Broncos are hoping to pick up the pace in the second half. This means that Russell Wilson and his new teammates will be getting plenty of work in right away. As a result, fans are looking forward to what the team has in store for the rest of the season. Hopefully, they can make it to the playoffs.