ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton called his scathing public criticism of former Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett “a mistake” and said “I need a little more filtering” when asked about the team’s performance in 2022 became.
in a (n Interviewed by USA Today Earlier this week, Payton called Hackett’s 15-game streak with the Broncos “one of the worst coaching jobs in NFL history” and said that quarterback Russell Wilson’s worst season, which included just 16 touchdowns, had “20 dirty hands “ I gave passes and the highest 55 sacks in the league.
Payton also compared the way the Broncos handled Wilson’s high-profile arrival to what he called the “pomp and circumstance” with which the New York Jets handled Aaron Rodgers’ arrival.
After practice at training camp Friday, Payton apologized and said he wanted to reach out to Hackett, the Jets’ current offensive coordinator, and Jets coach Robert Saleh. Payton addressed his comments in a team briefing with the Broncos players on Thursday.
“Listen, I had one of those moments where I still had my Fox [network television] “I’ve got my hat on, not my coach’s hat,” Payton said Friday. “I said this to the team: we’ve had a great off-season in comparison, I’ve preached that message, and here I am the veteran putting it into action.” For me it was a learning experience, obviously a mistake. I need some more filters.
Payton added, “I needed a little more restraint, I regret that.”
Hackett was released December 26 after 15 games in his freshman season with the Broncos, and Payton was officially unveiled as the team’s new coach in February. He was not a coach last season and worked as an analyst at Fox Sports.
On Friday, Payton also addressed criticism that appeared to be aimed at people still with the Broncos, such as general manager George Paton, team president Damani Leech and the media relations department.
Speaking to USA Today about Wilson’s struggles, Payton said, “Oh man, there’s so much dirt in there. There’s 20 dirty hands for what was allowed, tolerated in the damn training rooms, the meeting rooms. the offense. I don’t know Hackett. Many people had dirt on their hands. It wasn’t just Russell. … That was not the case [Wilson’s] Mistake. It was the parents who allowed it. It’s not a burden on him, it’s a burden on the head coach, the GM, the president and everyone else who has been through it all.”
On Friday, Payton said Paton and the Denver front office staff were two of the top reasons he took the job.
“The front office and the ownership are the two reasons I came here,” Payton said. “George and I are close, he was one of the big draws, him and his ownership. My point was that organizationally it was blanket, it wasn’t a single person. You are good.” [with me].”
Payton said he wants to reach out to Saleh and Hackett “at the right time.” The Broncos and Jets will face off in Denver in Week 5.
“I think the world of Robert,” Payton said. “I don’t know, Nathaniel, but at the right time. It’ll certainly generate more interest in the game when we play them, but that seems light years away, but I’ll do it right.”
One thing Payton didn’t back down from was that he would be “pissed” if the Broncos didn’t make the playoffs this season. The Broncos have lost at least 10 games in each of the past three seasons and have not played a postseason game since Super Bowl 50 closed the 2015 season.
“I’m not afraid of the expectations,” Payton said. “… This setting must be present here. I see this as a team that has that capability. It’s our job to get them out of them.”