The fallout from Sean Payton’s criticism of Nathaniel Hackett final week continues. To briefly recap the state of affairs: Payton made some extremely important remarks about his predecessor as Denver Broncos head coach, Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett is now the New York Jets’ offensive coordinator; within the aforementioned feedback, Payton had some unflattering issues to say about them as nicely.
Payton has since mentioned that he “wanted a bit extra restraint” in his feedback. For his half, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers — who, it’s value noting, additionally labored with Hackett throughout Hackett’s time because the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ offiensive coordinator — took umbrage with Payton’s remarks, as one would possibly count on.
As ESPN studies, Rodgers took specific difficulty with the thought of 1 coach being so important of one other coach, stating that he discovered Payton’s feedback “very shocking”.
And whereas Rodgers’s language was largely diplomatic, consistent with a lot of his latest public feedback, he additionally let a touch of anger into the combo. “I believe it was method out of line, inappropriate, and I believe he must maintain my coaches’ names out of his mouth,” Rodgers advised NFL+ in an interview.
We’re nonetheless over a month away from the 2023 NFL season starting. For now, although, Payton’s remarks have given Rodgers and his teammates on the Jets one thing to rally round. In the event that they do show Payton’s pessimistic prediction for the upcoming season fallacious, Sean Payton himself may be on the root of that.
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