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Broncos Coach Reveals Whether He's Considering Benching Russell Wilson

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

A disastrous season for the Denver Broncos hit rock bottom on Sunday with a 23-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

A Bronco offense led by quarterback Russell Wilson continued to look broken. Wilson mustered just 142 yards through the air on 35 attempts.

But the Broncos don't appear to have any plans to bench their newly-acquired signal-caller. 

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, coach Nathaniel Hackett said there's no scenario "right now" in which he could envision making a quarterback change, according to Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus.

"Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett on if there's any scenario he'd make a QB switch: 'Right now, no.'"

Wilson has been brutal this season. He's completed 58.9 percent of his passes and thrown just eight touchdowns and five interceptions through 10 games. As a result, the Broncos rank last in the NFL in scoring.

But the decision to stick with him behind center makes sense. The Broncos are committed to Wilson for the long haul, having signed him to a five-year contract extension worth nearly $250 million during the offseason. 

Plus, the team has already seen what it has behind Wilson. Backup Brett Rypien started Denver's Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets while Wilson was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Rypien completed 24 of 46 passes for 245 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in a 16-9 loss.

Still, the fact that Hackett was even asked about benching Wilson would have seemed unthinkable in August and illustrates the depths of the Broncos' struggles.

What seems more likely is that the Broncos might have a new head coach, rather than a new quarterback, by season's end. Hackett's seat figures to be blazing hot, as his first season on the job has seen him mismanage a few end-of-game situations, his team lose six of nine one-possession games and his offense struggle.

Wilson and the Broncos will hope to break out of their funk when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.