Sean Payton Linked to Denver Broncos’ Head-Coaching Vacancy as Troy Aikman Pounds Table
The Denver Broncos We are now just a few days into the search to find a new head coach. Nathaniel Hackett was fired Monday After presiding over a humiliating Christmas Day loss and delivering to ownership the 11th loss of this season,
Last year, the Broncos’ head coaching search was led by GM George Paton with input from several top execs. This time, Greg Penner, CEO and part-owner of the company, will lead the search.With some input from Paton, this is being retained.
Rob Walton, the 19th-richest man in the world, is now the Broncos’ richest owner in the NFL. ForbesThere is a feeling that the club could be a bit more aggressive in its next head coach hire. Former is the name that is universally considered to be the best candidate. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
ESPN insider Josina Anderson reported Payton is indeed on Walton/Penner’s short-list. Payton is the Hall-of-Fame quarterback. Monday Night Football Troy Aikman, color commentator for the Broncos, pressed the table this week to get the Broncos to offer the Super Bowl-winning coach a deal he cannot refuse.
“The Broncos won’t take a chance with anyone,” Aikman stated via Cowboys Country. “Sean Payton is the driver’s seat.”
Aikman’s initial point is important. The Broncos have lost three of their three head-coaching hires and are now focusing their hopes on a first-timer.
The Broncos gave Hackett, Vic Fangio (2021-20), and Vance Joseph (1817-18) their first head coaching jobs. The team was unable to take the hires seriously and it has had a negative effect on its prospects.
Payton’s win/loss record in his role as a head coach is 152 -89 (.631). He is 9-8 (.529) in playoffs and won Super Bowl XLIV. He was the Saints’ head coach for 16 years.
Keep in mind that Payton was suspended for one season due to the NFL’s discipline for Bounty-gate. He was suspended for a season in 2012, and the Saints finished at 7-9. They missed the playoffs.
Payton is “the driver’s chair,” yes. No duh. He’ll be the most popular, and NFL teams won’t hesitate to try to win him over. Denver has the resources of all his potential rivals in hiring.
The Broncos have the financial power to win Payton over. However, it would likely require Fangio to hire a different defensive coordinator. Rumors abound about itHe plans to take his family with him to the next NFL home. The Broncos would have the responsibility to pay the Saints for Payton. New Orleans still owns his rights because he wasn’t fired at the conclusion of the 2021 season. After giving it one year after Drew Brees, he retired.
There are many other options that the Broncos have. Payton is the most likely candidate for the Walton/Penner team, but it would be a lot to get him to Denver.
Anderson’s reporting also indicates that Anderson is monitoring Dan Quinn and Darrell Bevell as well as Eric Bienemy, Demeco Rys, Shane Steichen, and Demeco Ryans as potential head-coaching candidates. Quinn is the only one with head-coaching experience.
Frank Reich, Steve Wilks and Leslie Frazier are all potential candidates for retread. Keep watching.
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