'an glorious chief' -- Sean Payton formally named new Broncos coach

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos formally introduced Sean Payton as a end result of the workforce’s latest head coach.

Payton formally signed what sources instructed ESPN was a 5-12 months contract Friday, however Payton has basically been on the job since Wednesday, collectively with interviewing potential assistant coaches for his workers.

In an announcement Friday afternoon, Broncos proprietor/CEO Greg Penner referred to as Payton “an glorious chief and great Bowl champion with a glorious offensive thoughts” and added “he shares our dedication to worthwhile championships for Broncos nation and we’re excited to welcome him as our new head coach.”

Penner additionally added “it is unusual in any sport to lease a head coach with Sean’s credentials and we recognize the primary-class method by which the Saints approached this course of. We additionally appreciated the hazard to meet and be taught from the completely different extremely licensed, excellent coaches we interviewed. Our objective was to establish a strong chief for the Denver Broncos who’s concentrating on worthwhile, and we found him in Coach Payton.”

Payton, who spent 15 seasons as New Orleans Saints head coach and was the NFL’s Coach of the 12 months in 2006, shall be formally launched at a information convention Monday morning.

“i am trying forward to the problem,” Payton said in an interview revealed on the workforce’s official Twitter feed. “The custom right here is superb. it would take an superior deal of onerous work, however our plan is to win. and that is actually begun immediately.”

Payton replaces Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired Dec. 26, simply 15 video games into his first 12 months with the workforce. Hackett had been employed in January 2021, eight months earlier than the Walton-Penner group’s buy of the Broncos was formally authorised by the NFL.

Penner had said inside the occasions that adopted Hackett’s dismissal that he wished the Broncos’ subsequent coach to be “a strong chief for this group that is focused on worthwhile. That begins with tradition. it is instilling a method of accountability and self-discipline.”

these had been all attributes Penner said Payton had.

Payton was 152-89 with the Saints, collectively with a win in great Bowl XLIV over the Indianapolis Colts after which-quarterback Peyton Manning. Payton did not coach inside the 2022 season when he labored as an analyst at Fox and was suspended by the NFL for the 2012 season in wake of an investigation of a bounty program the NFL said the Saints had in place for tackles on opposing gamers.

as a end result of he had signed an extension with the Saints in 2019 that was set to run by means of the 2024 season, the Saints and the Broncos wished to barter compensation for Denver to signal Payton as their head coach. The Broncos traded this 12 months’s first-spherical decide — twenty ninth general — and the Broncos’ second-spherical decide in 2024 to the Saints to lease Payton. The Broncos will acquire the Saints’ third-spherical decide in 2024 as properly.

Payton shall be tasked with repairing the league’s lowest scoring offense in 2022 as quarterback Russell Wilson accomplished with a profession-low sixteen touchdown passes and was sacked a profession-most fifty five occasions. The Broncos have missed the playoffs seven consecutive seasons and have fired three head coaches — Vance Joseph, Vic Fangio and Hackett — since January of 2019. Kicker Brandon McManus is the one participant on the current roster who was in uniform for the Broncos’ final playoff sport — their great Bowl 50 win to close out the 2015 season.

beneath Payton’s route the Saints acquired at the least 10 video games 9 occasions and led the league in passing 5 occasions as quarterback Drew Brees topped 5,000 yards passing 5 occasions.

Payton initially interviewed with Broncos officers Jan. 17 and was the fifth of eight candidates initially interviewed inside the primary wave.


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