Sean Payton has a big job ahead of him with the Denver Broncos.
A significant portion of that job is figuring out a way to make Russell Wilson look like, well, Russell Wilson again.
The nine-time Pro Bowler was dreadful in his first season for the Broncos. Wilson made 15 starts, going 4-11 and throwing for just 3,524 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Wilson’s struggles also caused problems among he and his teammates over his perceived (and, let’s face it, actual) special treat. Among said special treatment was the ability to have his own personal coaches in the building as well as a private office.
Payton has already stated that both those things will change in 2023. But he’s also not taking shots at quarterback along the way.
In fact, Payton defended Wilson’s use of a private office on Tuesday.
“A lot was made of that, and it was just an honest answer,” Payton said. “I know what I’m familiar with and what I’m expecting. You guys will hear me throughout this season: At some point, you guys will digest ’22, but for me and this team when we get into the offseason, I’m going to park a car with no rearview mirror, sideview mirrors. Those will all be gone. We’ve got to get past all those difficult things. It was a tough year, and someone said it last night, they have success last [year], I don’t think the upstairs meeting room matters to anybody. I don’t think it matters, because I didn’t see any articles from any of you prior to Week 1 or Week 2 when it was happening. That’s what happens when you lose. Everything gets looked at closely, including the coaching” – via Pro Football Talk
Payton makes a good point. Everything is accentuated when you’re losing. But it’s still weird to see Wilson close himself off from teammates.
There’s just no way that can be good for the vibes.