By no means one to shrink back from providing his opinion, new Denver coach Sean Payton didn’t maintain again whereas talking to USA At present about his predecessor Nathaniel Hackett and the best way he dealt with Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson final season. For good measure, Payton additionally took some pictures on the crew that’s presently using Hackett as an offensive coordinator, the New York Jets.
A Tremendous Bowl winner whereas teaching Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, Payton was employed out of retirement to assist proper the ship in Denver and assist Wilson regain the shape he confirmed in his years with the Seahawks. Payton appears assured in his potential to redeem Wilson and largely blamed his poor play final season (3,524 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 begins) on Hackett, who was fired by the Broncos 15 video games into the season after Denver limped to a 4-11 document.
“Every thing I heard about final season, we’re doing the alternative,” Payton instructed USA At present. “However all people’s bought a little bit stink on their fingers. It’s not simply Russell. It was a [poor] offensive line. It might need been one of many worst teaching jobs within the historical past of the NFL. That’s how dangerous it was. It doesn’t occur usually the place an NFL crew or group will get embarrassed. And that occurred right here. A part of it was their very own fault, relative to spending a lot [expletive] time attempting to win the offseason — the PR, the pomp and circumstance, marching individuals round and all these items.”
Payton is adamant that the Broncos shall be eliminating pomp and circumstance this offseason after which singled out the Jets, who now make use of Hackett and lightning-rod quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as a crew that’s unable to take action.
“We’re not doing any of that,” Payton stated. “The Jets did that this 12 months. You watch. Laborious Knocks, all of it. I can see it coming. Bear in mind when [former Washington owner] Dan Snyder put that Dream Crew collectively? I used to be on the Giants (in 2000). I used to be a younger coach. I believed, ‘How are we going to compete with them? Deion’s there now.’ That crew gained eight video games or no matter. So, pay attention…simply put the work in.”
The Jets heard what Payton needed to say:
Jets wideout Randall Cobb, who performed with Rodgers in Inexperienced Bay and should have been on an inventory of gamers the ex-Packer requested be delivered to New York, additionally had some selection phrases for Payton.
Cobb, who performed underneath Hackett when he was the offensive coordinator for the Packers in 2021, additionally caught up for his OC.
“I used to be stunned that they solely gave lower than a 12 months to place in his items,” Cobb stated. “That’s this enterprise although. That’s this enterprise and that’s the best way that it goes. You bought to take it how you are taking and transfer ahead.”
Based mostly on all of the chatter, which hopefully will proceed, stay up for Jets-Broncos in Denver in Week 5.
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