There have been many names and storylines thrown around this preseason as to who may be in the running for the 2022-23 NFL MVP award. Can Tom Brady come out of retirement and be the oldest to ever win the award (beating his own record)? Can Aaron Rodgers win his third straight award? Will young QBs Justin Herbert or Josh Allen finally take over and win the award? All of these are fair questions and fair candidates. However, to pick who could be the MVP, two things must be considered: storylines and statistics.
Arguably, the player that has the best chance at a good storyline, great statistics, and would be a first-time winner of the award is Russell Wilson. Wilson was traded from the Seattle Seahawks this offseason to the Denver Broncos. This signaled the end of an era in Seattle, having moved on from their franchise quarterback who led the team to two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory. Denver has been searching for a franchise quarterback ever since the departure of Peyton Manning. They have a ready-to-compete roster that was seen as a quarterback away from contention. Denver’s division, the AFC West, saw multiple teams make big additions in the offseason, making it harder for them to compete. The move to bring in Wilson now sets the stage for one of the most interesting storylines of this NFL season.
As for statistics, Wilson has always had the numbers to be in the MVP conservation. In the past four seasons, Wilson has thrown for over 4,000 passing yards twice and over 35 touchdowns twice as well. However, he achieved those feats in a system many considered unfit for his skillset and with a very poor offensive line that gave him little time to make throws. In Denver, Wilson enters a situation that is tailor-made for him. New head coach Nathaniel Hackett came over from the Green Bay Packers, where he had served as the offensive coordinator.