Almost 1 / 4 of the NFL season is within the books, and you may’t assist however surprise about among the folks and choices which have dominated the headlines so far. One main storyline getting into the season was Sean Payton taking on and probably turning Denver round. So far, the group has been worse beneath coach Payton than his predecessor, Nathaniel Hackett. Not having a win beneath his belt after three weeks needs to be consuming at Payton, particularly after among the photographs he threw at Hackett previous to the common season.
Three video games into the season, Payton is already getting snippy with reporters. Though it was instantly after they’d been trampled by Miami, 70-20, Payton had no endurance for media members. In all of the discuss surrounding final yr’s Broncos led by Hackett and the way unhealthy they have been, it appears everybody has forgotten that they started the yr 2-1. The 2022 Broncos misplaced their opener to the Seahawks by one level, then got here again to win the subsequent two video games over Houston and San Francisco earlier than falling off a cliff.
It wasn’t a dominant 2-1 begin final season, however it wasn’t 0-3 both. Nobody would recommend Hackett is wherever close to the coach Payton is, however the latter positive had so much to say concerning the job the previous did in lower than one full season. Payton was imagined to be the genius to come back in and switch this ship round for Denver.
You may’t assist however take into consideration what might’ve been for Payton had he waited a bit of longer earlier than making his return. Whereas the Chargers lastly received a sport final week, there’s no assure Brandon Staley shall be round previous this yr. Payton had been tied to the Chargers earlier than agreeing to educate the Broncos.
Had Payton been extra affected person and sat out another marketing campaign, he might have been in a position to get his teaching arms on a younger Justin Herbert not even 5 years into his profession. As an alternative, it appears to be like like he settled for a previous his prime quarterback in Russell Wilson, who isn’t close to what he as soon as was throughout his glory days in Seattle.
If Denver loses to Chicago in Week 4, Payton might wish to go disguise in a cave with Aaron Rodgers for the remainder of the 2023 season. Russell Wilson’s legacy as a participant was questioned after one horrible yr in Denver. We’ll see what the blowback is for Payton if the Broncos can’t enhance on final yr’s file, which was 5-12.