New Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton was hired to improve the NFL’s most humiliating team in 2022. Payton singled out former head coach Nathaniel Hackett for doing what he described as a historically poor job in describing last year’s Denver debacle.
It’s just so much they can do to beat the (expletive) out of you, Payton said. “However, everyone has a little stench on their palms. Not only Russell [Wilson] is involved. It was an offensive line of low quality. Possibly among the worst coaching performances in NFL history. “It was that terrible.”
While blaming the previous regime for the Broncos’ failings, Payton also criticized the New York Jets, the offseason’s darling.
“It’s rare for an NFL team or organization to be embarrassed,” Payton stated. “And this occurred here. Part of it was their responsibility for spending so much time attempting to win the offseason — the PR, the pomp and circumstance, the parades, and all this other nonsense. We do nothing of the sort. This year, the Jets accomplished this feat. You observe. “Hard Knocks” in its entirety. I anticipate its arrival. Remember when [former Washington owner] Dan Snyder assembled that All-Star squad? I attended a Giants game [in 2000]. I was a novice instructor at the time. I pondered, How will we compete with them, I wondered? Deion Sanders is currently present. This team won eight contests, or something similar. Therefore, just put in the effort.”
Payton called his shot, stating that the Jets may have placed too much emphasis on the PR aspect of their offseason victory. New York made the move of the spring when they acquired quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a four-time NFL MVP. The Jets also attempted to improve his arsenal by acquiring Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, and Randall Cobb, and Dalvin Cook may be on the way.
Thursday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh saw the quote and responded to Payton’s comments.
“I refuse to acknowledge Sean. Saleh stated, “He’s been in the league for a while, so he can say whatever the hell he wants.” “Clearly, we’re doing something right if you’re talking about us before Week 4 (technically Week 5)…. Numerous ravens are nibbling at our neck.”
Friday, Payton apologized for his comments to the press and said he regretted his words forty minutes after the interview.
According to NFL Media, Payton stated, “Listen, I had one of those moments where I was still wearing my FOX hat and not my coaching hat.” “As I told the squad in yesterday’s meeting, we’ve had a fantastic offseason in this regard. I have been preaching this message, and now, as a veteran, I am living it and it was evidently a blunder and a learning experience for me. I require a touch more filter.”
Payton also expressed regret to Coach Saleh.
“I have high regard for Robert. I recognize him. I have never met Nathaniel. But at the proper moment. Undoubtedly, it will increase interest in the game when we play them, but that seems years away. But I’ll manage it properly,” Payton said, as reported by Pro Football Talk.
Billy Turner, a veteran offensive lineman, is ideally positioned to comment on the altercation between Payton and the Jets. In addition to playing for the Broncos last season, he is currently a member of the Jets. Turner responded to Payton via social media and did not hold back.
“It appears that someone has begun training camp and is attempting to mitigate the impact after comprehending what he has in store for this season. “F****** bum,” wrote Turner. He also used the hashtag #BountyGate in reference to the scandal that led to Payton’s 2012 season-long suspension. Turner concluded with #childish as his hashtag.
It’s intriguing because the Broncos and Jets are in some ways comparable organizations. Both teams have exceptional defenses, and their offenses are commanded by former Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks who were traded away. Coach Payton is not the first person to believe the Jets are overrated heading into 2023, but his comparison of them to the wretched Broncos squad from last season is noteworthy.
In Week 5 of this season, the Jets will be on the road to face the Broncos.
Why was Sean Payton suspended from?
The Home Team movie’s true story reveals that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season due to his involvement in the Bountygate scandal, in which players were allegedly paid bounties for attempting to injure rival players on other teams. Payton unsuccessfully appealed the league’s decision. The NFL investigation revealed that Payton not only attempted to cover up the scheme from 2009 to 2011, but he also failed to halt it when told to do so by Saints owner Tom Benson (NFL.com).
Payton’s suspension lasted from April 2012 until January 22, 2013, when he was reinstated as the Saints’ head coach. During Sean Payton’s suspension, as depicted in the Netflix series Home Team, he was prohibited from communicating with anyone in the league, including coaches and players. It marked the first suspension of a head coach since Chuck Fairbanks in 1978.
In addition to Payton, the suspensions included defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, assistant head coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis. The NFL discovered evidence that Williams initiated the bounty program and created a pool funded by himself and other players to pay bounties. Four athletes were also suspended, but their suspensions were eventually overturned after it was determined that the instructors were primarily culpable. The Saints organization was fined $500,000 and forced to forfeit their second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.