Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton came into the organization, and in his first few months at the helm, appeared to have turned the culture around. His main target appears to be Russell Wilson, who had the worst year of his career in 2022.
Payton told Wilson he needed to stop focusing on “Russell Inc.” so much and how he maintains his image off of the field.
“Will you f—ing stop kissing all the babies? You’re not running for public office,” Payton told Wilson.
Now, Broncos coach Sean Payton is reportedly taking a different approach to Wilson and one former player he is doing so by design in hopes that he will fail.
ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive back Ryan Clark suggested that Sean Payton is hoping that Wilson fals during the 2023 season.
“This Sean Payton & Russell Wilson news is crazy,” Clark wrote on X. “If it works he’s a genius, & if it doesn’t… Well, never mind. It almost seems he hopes it doesn’t.”
His suggestion is alluding Payton intends to bench Wilson or drive him out of Colorado. There have been rumors that Payton does not want Wilson as his quarterback, especially after what he saw from him in 2022 that got the previous head coach fired.
Wilson threw 16 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in Denver’s worst season since 2010. Last season, Wilson had 3,524 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes in 15 games. It was the lowest touchdown pass total of Wilson’s career.
The Broncos will have a chance to turn over a new leaf Sunday, when they host the Raiders in their opener.
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