Payton's Scathing Critique of Predecessors

In an unusual display of candor, new Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton has publicly criticized his predecessors for what he describes as one of the worst coaching jobs in NFL history. This critique, directed at former head coach Nathaniel Hackett and his staff, is a rare departure from the usual professional courtesy observed among NFL coaches.

Disgust Over Previous Coaching

Payton, who was appointed by the Broncos this past offseason, expressed his disgust over the previous coaching staff's handling of quarterback Russell Wilson. He accused them of tolerating unacceptable practices in training and meeting rooms, contributing to the team's poor performance last season. The Broncos finished with a dismal 4-11 record under Hackett, leading to his dismissal.

Payton's Proven Track Record

Payton's criticism carries weight given his successful tenure as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Over 15 years, he led the Saints to nine playoff appearances and a Super Bowl victory in 2010. However, his career has not been without controversy. In 2012, he was suspended for a season following a league investigation into an "active bounty program" under his watch.

Wilson's Career-Worst Season

Russell Wilson, a nine-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVIII champion, had a career-worst season during his first year in Denver. Payton placed the blame squarely on the previous coaching staff, accusing them of negligence that led to Wilson's underperformance.

Jets in Payton's Crosshairs

Payton also took aim at the New York Jets, who hired Hackett as their offensive coordinator. Despite the Jets' high-profile acquisitions and media hype, Payton predicted they would fail to meet expectations. Jets head coach Robert Saleh responded defiantly, stating that his team had earned their success and were unfazed by Payton's comments.


Payton's outspoken critique of his predecessors and the Jets signals a new era of transparency and accountability in the Broncos' leadership. It remains to be seen whether his bold approach will translate into improved performance on the field.

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