Bolles mentioned after Thursday’s OTA follow that critics of Wilson’s 2022 season and those that imagine Wilson will not recapture his previous stage of play are going to “eat crow” after the approaching season.
“He is an amazing dude, he is the identical man each single day, he works his butt off,” Bolles mentioned. “And I am prepared for that stuff to go away and when it goes, everybody’s going to eat crow.”
The Broncos traded 5 draft picks, together with two first- and two second-rounders, in addition to three gamers to the Seattle Seahawks in March 2022 to accumulate Wilson. The staff additionally signed Wilson to a $245 million contract extension simply earlier than the season started.
But it surely was principally downhill from there because the Broncos completed final within the league in scoring (16.9 factors per recreation), head coach Nathaniel Hackett was fired with two video games left within the season and Wilson completed with a career-low 16 landing passes to go together with a career-high 55 sacks.
Alongside the best way, because the Broncos’ losses mounted, Wilson took loads of criticism on a wide range of fronts — all the pieces from saying he did “excessive knees” on the flight to London, to his workplace within the Broncos’ advanced, to what number of teammates attended his party. All mixed with constant sluggishness within the staff’s mismatched, underperforming offense.
Wilson mentioned early in these OTAs his objective was to have “the most effective offseason of my life” as he confirmed up a lot lighter and leaner than final season. Coach Sean Payton, employed in February, has praised Wilson’s work within the offseason to date.
“I feel he is phenomenal,” Bolles mentioned Thursday. “… We knew who he was as an individual, we all know who’s. … I really like him dearly. I feel he is one of many best quarterbacks within the recreation the final 10 years. Stats do not lie, simply because you’ve one tough season within the final 10 years you possibly can’t dictate what sort of man, his persona, what he goes by means of.” He added that he was “indignant [last season] with what got here out” and that he takes it “very private.”
Bolles, who spent the final 13 weeks of the season on injured reserve with a fractured decrease proper leg, was certainly one of Wilson’s most stringent locker room advocates final season. He stored that very same momentum Thursday when requested about Wilson’s skill to rebound from final season and his adaptability with the brand new teaching employees.
“He is the identical man, he does not change; he is a pacesetter,” Bolles mentioned. “… He is one of many winningest quarterbacks [the] final 10 years, you guys know the stats, that is simply who he’s. … Random rumors and issues like that and the fireplace burns. It is like a forest fireplace, you begin in a single nook and the wind blows and it simply burns hundreds and hundreds of acres, and that is type of what occurred.
“[But] he isn’t targeted on that, he simply needs to win,” Bolles mentioned.