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Sean Payton blames everyone for Broncos' horrible season: 'A lot of people had dirt on their hands'

Jul 27, 2023

Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton didn't mince words when he explained what went wrong in 2022.

Payton, who became the Broncos head coach after a trade from the New Orleans Saints this offseason, blamed everyone for Denver's disastrous 5-12 season, but mostly focused on former head coach Nathaniel Hackett as well as the "the pomp and circumstance" of the offseason hype.

The Broncos' abysmal season got off to a horrific start with Hackett's poor game management and snowballed out of control until the team fired him after 15 games. Denver finished last in points scored and 21st in yards despite a top-14 defense. Wilson, meanwhile, had arguably his worst season in his 11-year career with a personal-low 60.5 completion percentage and only 16 passing touchdowns. Even worse, the Broncos didn't have their No. 5 pick after they traded it to the Seattle Seahawks for Wilson.

Denver's new owners likely hope Payton's presence will correct the mistakes of 2022 as the team heads into 2023. Payton already brought in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi from his time with the Saints and added former six-year backup quarterback Davis Webb to his coaching staff. The Broncos also upgraded the offensive line with right tackle Mike McGlinchey and left guard Ben Powers in free agency.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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