On Monday, Sean Payton had his introductory press conference with the Denver Broncos, and it came as a massive breath of fresh air. After listening to the conference, which featured Sean Payton really digging deep into his coaching experience, I could not be more encouraged about the future of the team.
The veteran coach was officially introduced as the Denver Broncos’ next head coach, and the roughly 50-minute-long press conference offered quite a bit of useful information from Payton himself.
The main takeaway that I had from today was the amount of wisdom and overall football knowledge from Payton. There was virtually no mention of X’s and O’s, but rather more of the intangible side of football.
Payton talked about building the culture, and the fine details that a good team has, and even cracked a couple of jokes in the process. It became abundantly clear very quickly that Sean Payton knows what he’s doing.
Last year, we were sucked in by the performance of Nathaniel Hackett in front of a microphone, but his words meant nothing. We didn’t hear any mention of “tuggalicious” or the “gold zone,” but rather heard one of the best coaches of this generation retell quite a few stories that were chock full of valuable experience and information.
He also likely won over all of Broncos Country when he mentioned that he is rooting for the Eagles this weekend as we’d never want to see anyone in the division win anything.
That, right there, is from someone that simply gets it.
Sean Payton is not going to reinvent the wheel in Denver, but what he is likely going to do is coach and field a competent and relevant football team.
We already know of at least one assistant joining him. Zach Strief, a former Saints’ offensive lineman is joining Payton as the Broncos’ new OL coach. Payton is also already putting his foot down when it comes to Russell Wilson, according to a Tweet from Romi Bean:
The Denver Broncos introduced their 20th head coach in franchise history Monday afternoon as Sean Payton talked for the first time in Dove Valley.
Overall, I think we’ll see a much more disciplined and more competitive Broncos team, and Payton’s introductory press conference should serve as evidence for such.