Russell Wilson, who played for the Seattle Seahawks for a decade, decided to part ways with the team because of some differences. Some of his teammates said that the perennial Pro Bowler had mentally ‘checked out’. The Seahawks had no choice but to trade him to the Denver Broncos in exchange for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and a fifth-round pick.
Then, in September 2022, the Broncos signed a five-year $245 million contract with Wilson in hopes of bringing back the team’s success during the Peyton Manning era. However, nothing of the sort happened as one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks led the team to a disaster 5-12 season in his first year. The trend of Denver’s bad performance continued.
The Broncos had hired a former offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, Nathaniel Hackett, as the head coach but fired him midway through the season after a 4-11 start. A few days back, the Broncos announced they were hiring Sean Payton as the new head coach. The team had to give up their 2023 first-round pick and 2024 second-round pick to acquire Payton, who was still under contract with the New Orleans Saints.
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Sean Payton won’t give Russell Wilson special treatment anymore
On Monday, the team officially introduced Sean Payton as the head coach for the Broncos at the team’s headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. In the interview, the 59-year-old explained his plans as the head coach. He said that the No.1 task for the coaches is to evaluate the players – their strengths and weakness and determine where they would make the most impact.
Then the conversation turned to Russell Wilson, which was inevitable. Along with the buckets of money he received, Wilson was also given special treatment wherein his personal coach Jake Heaps was allowed inside Denver’s headquarters. He also had his own office in the facility, which isn’t given to any other player. Sean Payton was asked about this and he said in a serious tone that it won’t continue under his watch.
“That’s foreign to me,” Payton said. “That’s not going to take place here. I’m not familiar with it, but our staff will be here, our players will be here and that’ll be it.” Wilson will have to be a straight shooter under Payton because he won’t be treated like a Prince anymore. He will have to follow the rules and regulations just like his teammates do and the Super Bowl-winning head coach does hold the power to make that happen. Sean Payton’s resume makes him one of the best coaches in the league. He turned around the Siants’ franchise during his 15 years with the team that included nine playoff appearances and the club’s first Super Bowl win in 2009.
Russell Wilson had a completion percentage of 60.5 this season. He threw for 3,524 yards, 16 touchdowns (career-low), and 11 interceptions. With the onboarding of Payton, the Broncos are looking to change the face of their franchise once again and win the coveted Lombardi Trophy, which they can because they have a capable quarterback. With Payton’s direction, Denver will surely become a formidable team in the 2023 season.
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