NFL training camps have started and we already have plenty of storylines before the season starts.
One of the things that sent shockwaves throughout the NFL world was first year Broncos head coach Sean Payton’s comments about former Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
In an interview with USA Today, Payton called the coaching job Hackett did one of the worst in NFL history saying
“It doesn’t happen often where an NFL team or organization gets embarrassed,” Payton said. “And that happened here. Part of it was their own fault, relative to spending so much (expletive) time trying to win the offseason – the PR, the pomp and circumstance, marching people around and all this stuff.
“We’re not doing any of that. The Jets did that this year. You watch. ‘Hard Knocks,’ all of it. I can see it coming. Remember when (former Washington owner) Dan Snyder put that Dream Team together? I was at the Giants (in 2000). I was a young coach. I thought, ‘How are we going to compete with them? Deion’s (Sanders) there now.’ That team won eight games or whatever. So, listen…just put the work in.”
There’s so much dirt around that. (talking about Russell Wilson) There’s 20 dirty hands, for what was allowed, tolerated in the fricking training rooms, the meeting rooms. The offense. I don’t know Hackett. A lot of people had dirt on their hands. It wasn’t just Russell. He didn’t just flip. He still has it. This B.S. that he hit a wall? Shoot, they couldn’t get a play in. They were 29th in the league in pre-snap penalties on both sides of the ball.”
“Everything I heard about last season, we’re doing the opposite,”
“That was a message,” Payton said. “They can only beat the (expletive) out of you so much. But everybody’s got a little stink on their hands. It’s not just Russell. It was a (poor) offensive line. It might have been one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL. That’s how bad it was.”
Payton didn’t hold back and said what a lot of Bronco fans were saying last season but we don’t often hear of current coaches or players talking this candidly while still in the league and that didn’t make some people too happy.
Most notably Aaron Rodgers who was coached by Hackett with the Packers and now the Jets. Rodgers didn’t hold back saying what Payton said was out of line and inappropriate and that he needed to keep his coaches name out of his mouth.
Payton has since said that he regretted the comments but they’re already out there.
By the way, the Broncos and Jets will play each other in Week 8.
Aaron Rodgers unloads on Sean Payton: "I thought it was way out of line, inappropriate, and I think he needs to keep my coach's name out of his mouth."
Rodgers also suggests Payton's comments were a way of providing an excuse in case Denver can't improve. pic.twitter.com/L7FCMtBIKs
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 30, 2023