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All in the wrist, or all in the head? Russell Wilson, new accessory aim to keep Broncos in win column

The Denver Broncos QB wore a wristband in London for the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been wearing it this week as well.

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Could something so simple as an additional layer of minimal clothing attire be the difference that turns the Denver Broncos offense forecast from constantly foggy (at best) to fearsome?

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and given that the Broncos have broken just about every offensive strategy imaginable this season, a minor glimpse of success making one minor change might as well be carried over.

During the team’s trip to London, QB Russell Wilson donned a piece of apparel he had not been seen with this season, and as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said recently, one he wasn’t too keen on wearing in the Pacific Northwest, either.

Carroll took a not-so-subtle shot at Wilson, his former Super Bowl winning QB, earlier this week suggesting that his new QB protege, Geno Smith, is leading the Seahawks offense to success for doing something Wilson didn’t.

“If you notice, Geno’s going off the wristband, and that’s a big help,” Carroll said. “It’s smoothed things out, sped things up, cleaned things up. And that’s part of (the offensive success), too. We never did that before. There was resistance to that, so we didn’t do that before.”

That “resistance”, of course, refers to Wilson, as his refusal to wear the band clearly meant rebellious non-compliance rather than having a decade of experience running the system and having a firm grasp on it. Unlike Smith, for example.

Wilson scoffed (or at least his version of scoffing) at the comments, counterarguing with the fact he won a lot of games in Seattle without the band.

Yet, ironically enough, he did wear a mini-play sheet on his wrist in London and has done so again this week. And Wilson finds himself in the unenviable position of many teenagers find themselves with their parents:

We the thing they told us to do, the thing we have been rebelling against, and end up being better for it, thus having to admit defeat to our parents, or...we do it, it doesn’t work, and we’re none the wiser.

In all reality, it’s probably closer to the situation above. Geno is using it more because he isn’t as accustomed to the Seahawks’ playbook as Wilson was, and Wilson is donning it because he, too, is still learning a new system.

But what is the NFL without a little exaggerated drama?

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