It’s certainly been a rough stretch for the Denver Broncos, both in 2022 and continuing into 2023. After a disappointing 5-12 record in 2022, the team’s 1-4 start in the current season is indeed cause for concern. Losing at home to the New York Jets, especially after holding a halftime lead, must have been frustrating for fans and the team alike.
Reports of Russell Wilson‘s struggles and losses are especially concerning because he is expected to be a key player for the Broncos. Mistakes can have a huge impact on a team’s performance and are often a major factor in a team’s loss.
It’s not unusual for sports teams to go through tough times, and the Broncos will likely look to regroup and fix their issues as the season progresses. Coaching adjustments, improvements in player performance and team morale can play a big role in turning things around. Denver Broncos fans will certainly be hoping for better results as the season continues.
“I don’t think I was that active,” Payton said. “All of the exchanges and discussions that I had with Russ will be discussed. I just wanted him to understand that linebackers are free rushers, so some people I don’t think it was as big of a trade or as big of a deal as I thought it was.”
Russell completed 20 of 30 passes for 196 yards. But it was the fumble that ended the game. When Russell Wilson, 34 approached Sean Payton, there was definitely animosity between the two. Payton raised the microphone and Russell Wilson removed his helmet to respond to the Broncos coach. The scene was captured by the NFL on ESPN.
After downplaying the significance of the clip, Payton explained the content of his passionate remarks at that moment.
“I just wanted him to understand that linebackers are free rushers,” the head coach said. This capped off a frustrating and difficult second half for the Denver Broncos, especially in the passing game.
“The specific play you’re talking about at the end of the game was the five-man guard, so that’s why we have an advantage against the weaker linebackers,” Payton added.
It was Wilson’s fourth sack of the game, the team’s third turnover (all fumbles), and sealed the Broncos’ fourth loss of the season.
Wilson’s coverage was also an issue throughout the game. On Monday, the head coach gave some reasons why. “We were in a bit of a remote situation,” Payton said.
“I thought I might have been a little stronger in the duel. My bag got crushed a few times. He made some things happen, but the zone coverage we saw slowed his throws and immediate progression. I think it’s important to clarify this and understand what situation we’re in. We regularly play teams that have a little more coverage. We saw that in practice in Chicago, but he has to balance that with his ability to attack coverage as the game progresses. ”
Wilson’s fumble ended a disastrous first half for the Broncos, which saw their lead shrink and their offense stagnate at halftime. In the second half, Denver had just 125 yards of offense, but gained 27 yards on the final drive of the game as the Jets put pressure on the defense.
Needless to say, head coach Sean Payton wasn’t necessarily impressed with his quarterbackplay.
Sean Payton seemed to be at odds with the quarterback for a while. From hinting at the need to wear bracelets (mentioned by Pete Carroll last year but criticized as “boring” by some) to outright insulting comments about Wilson’s personal brand, this The marriage seems to be in turmoil.
Denver’s problems actually beg the question: Are Wilson’s days as Payton’s starting QB in jeopardy? An idea that was virtually unthinkable not too long ago, but as the Broncos’ losses pile up, Payton’s previously unquestioned status as one of the great head coaches is rapidly eroding.
Denver is scheduled for a Thursday Night Football showdown with the Chiefs this week, which will of course be followed by a long break in what many consider a “mini-buy” week. If Wilson, or the Broncos as a whole, underperforms again, I have a hard time believing Payton will turn the former Pro Bowl quarterback into some kind of sacrificial lamb. Perhaps the extra time between games could be used to prepare reserve Jarrett Stidham (signed to a two-year, $10 million contract) to start.