Very similar to Broncos nation, former Seahawks linebacker Okay.J. Wright is raring to see how the Russell Wilson-Sean Payton experiment pans out in Denver.
Throughout an look Thursday on NFL Community’s “Good Morning Soccer,” Wright contemplated if his former quarterback can “deal with the critique” from the Broncos’ first-year head coach.
Wright claimed that Wilson’s former coach, Seattle’s Pete Carroll, “shielded” the one-time Tremendous Bowl champ from that kind of therapy.
“That is going to be a sight to see as a result of when he was in Seattle for these 10 years, Coach Carroll did job of, I’m not going to say defending Russ, however he actually simply shielded him in a method, like ‘Hey, the protection goes to be the lead canine, you’re going handy the ball off to [former Seahawks running back] Marshawn Lynch,’” the 33-year-old Wright stated.
“‘Whenever you do mess up, I’m going to deal with it, however for essentially the most half protection, it’s all on you guys.’”
Wright added Thursday that Payton, who changed former Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett in January, gained’t hesitate to name gamers out.
“I heard how he runs his conferences. After a loss, for those who performed dangerous, Sean Payton will let you already know loud and clear how he feels about you,” Wright stated. “And that’s the query, can Russ deal with the critiqueness, the harshness, the, ‘Hey, you bought to get higher and I’m calling you out in entrance of this whole soccer staff.’ I’m positive Nathaniel Hackett wasn’t a Sean Payton-type persona.”
Wilson, 34, spent the primary decade of his profession with the Seahawks, profitable one championship on the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Nonetheless, rumors of obvious discord between Wilson and Carroll surfaced in recent times, with the group finally parting methods with its franchise star in March 2022, when the quarterback was traded to the Broncos.
Although Denver offered a contemporary begin for Wilson, his first 12 months within the AFC West was a complete catastrophe as he posted 16 touchdowns towards 11 interceptions with a completion proportion of 60.5 %.
Thee Broncos — who entered the season with championship expectations — completed the 12 months with a dismal report of 5-12, to not point out the firing Hackett after 15 video games.
Although Wilson and Payton, 59, have bonded this offseason, the previous Saints head coach and Fox Sports activities analyst has continued to put the groundwork for adjustments throughout the group.
Not like final season, Wilson is not going to be allowed to convey his private quarterback coach, Jake Heaps, or different exterior personnel to the staff’s facility.
“I’m not too accustomed to that,” Payton previously said. “That’s international to me. That’s not gonna happen right here. I’m unfamiliar with it, however our workers will probably be right here, our gamers will probably be right here and that will probably be it.”
Elsewhere, the Broncos signed former Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham to a two-year, $10 million deal in free company to backup Wilson.
The Broncos will open the 2023 season at residence on Sunday, Sept. 10, once they host the Raiders.