The Denver Broncos have hired Sean Payton as the next head coach of the team. Things are going to be vastly different now than they have been in recent years and there’s now a ton of pressure on Payton’s shoulders. But I’m sure he welcomes it, especially for the Denver Broncos’ price of admission (which we don’t know exactly, yet, but it will undoubtedly be unprecedented).
In less than a calendar year, a lot has gone down in Broncos Country, hasn’t it? The team hired Nathaniel Hackett, traded for Russell Wilson, got new ownership, signed Wilson to a mega-contract, fired Hackett, and has now hired former Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton. It’s been a truly bizarre time in Broncos Country but now that Payton is on board, we can safely say that many rumors and myths about this team, this particular job, have been debunked.
Let’s look at five common ones I have been coming across in recent months.
5 major myths about the Broncos that were debunked by Sean Payton hire
Myth no. 1: Coaches won’t want to work with Russell Wilson
Based on the way some people have talked about Russell Wilson since job became available, you would think the Denver Broncos had Antonio Brown under center these days. People have been talking about the Denver Broncos head coaching job as some kind of plague to be avoided because of Russell Wilson, who obviously didn’t play up to his — or anyone else’s — standards in 2022.
Wilson is coming off of the worst season of his career, and given the fact he signed a $245 million contract extension, the assumption from many people — in Broncos Country or otherwise — was that no “good” coaching candidates were going to want the Denver job over other openings.
People had convinced themselves and others that candidates like Sean Payton would rather have any other job besides the Denver job because of Russell Wilson. My stance on it from the start?
I guess we know now that there were some big-name coaches that wanted to work with Russ, or one, at least.