Sean Payton has some ideas for getting more out of Russell Wilson

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In early 2021, quarterback Russell Wilson‘s agent made it known that Wilson wanted to stay with the Seahawks, but that Wilson would accept a trade to the Cowboys, Raiders, Bears, or Saints.

The head coach of the Saints at the time was Sean Payton. Throw in the fact that Payton is in play to be a coach again in 2023, anything Payton says about Wilson should command immediate attention.

Appearing earlier this week with Colin Cowherd, Payton explained what he would do if he were coaching Wilson.

“I’d want a cut up of all Russell’s pass plays of 30 or more yards from the field, and I’d want to see are there some schemes that he felt very comfortable with,” Payton said. “Like, I know that they did a great job in Seattle of bringing him off of a naked boot[leg] and then pulling up and we all saw that like throw back to [receiver Tyler] Lockett across the field where the ball traveled 60 yards in the air. Then, I’d want to look at another film of his red-zone touchdown passes inside the 20. And so what I’m asking for from assistants, I’m asking for some of his greatest hits and to make sure we have those song lyrics available. And if not, let’s put them in.”

That’s the key to smart coaching. Figure out what a guy does well, and do it. There hasn’t been enough of that from the Broncos.

If there isn’t more of it soon, Payton’s place for next season could indeed be in Denver. Unless some other destination becomes more attractive.

37 responses to “Sean Payton has some ideas for getting more out of Russell Wilson

  1. Payton’s smart to distance himself from Stephen Ross and Jerruh by ponying up to the new Bronco boss, because let’s face it, Hackett’s hackjob isn’t going to have a year 2 in Denver

  2. Well the Broncos don’t have a smart coach, right now it’s a clownshow over there. Good conversation starter though Sean!

  3. Shouldn’t it go both ways? If Wilson is a great QB, he should be able to adapt his game and not be a one trick, sandlot style QB.

  4. Here’s an idea. How about Russell Wilson is not as good and he’s made out to be. How about he had a juggernaut team around him in Seattle when he was on a rookie deal and never did anything after that. He’s not this great savior and in that division they might come in 3rd or last. Hackett is a clown and Wilson is overrated period.

  5. 4theWin says:
    October 5, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Shouldn’t it go both ways? If Wilson is a great QB, he should be able to adapt his game and not be a one trick, sandlot style
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    NO! This is literally why coaches fail time and time again, square peg round hole. Good coaches ADJUST to their player strength, not vice versa. Harbaugh changed his whole scheme when he got Lamar, Andy Reid’s massive bag of tricks changes based on his personnel, etc.

  6. I’d first teach him new hand signals. Then I’d worry if I need to plan my entire offense around him scrambling and throwing, or if I could try to teach him new stuff.

  7. IF Payton were to get the Denver job next year it could be the best thing to happen since Payton. 🙂 Hackett is not ready to be a HC…okay, maybe High School.

  8. Hackett proved from Game 1 that he was clueless. These guys just be great salesmen because they’re able to convince management and ownership that they’re the best guy for the job. And then they poop their pants 50 minutes into the season 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

  9. Payton can’t get the Dallas job so he has to try for another one.

    In the end Russell isn’t the type of QB you trade a bunch of 1sts for and than pay like his Mahomes. When you pay a QB like he is Rodgers or Mahomes and he isn’t that type of player it hurts the full team. Russell was great when he had a strong run game and great defense. In Seattle it wasn’t about naked bootlegs it was because opposing defenses had to bring 8 men into the box to run the ball. Play action on bootlegs works a lot better when you have a full roster of talent. Won’t have that when you pay a QB top dollar. You are now forced to have your QB cover up deficiencies and you don’t have a QB that is good enough to do that.

  10. Payton’s a genius. Draw up some plays where Russ rounds around in circles and then heaves it 60 yards in the air. A true offensive mastermind.

  11. Obviously Wilson’s entourage has been in touch with Payton. Watch your back Hackett.

  12. The key sentence was “find out what Russell DID well”.

    A lot of his magic was based on off schedule plays. He has a diminishing ability to capitalize on these type plays.

    He’s not a bad QB by any stretch. Probably in the top half of NFL QBs. But certainly not in the top 5-10.

  13. Shouldn’t he be more worried about getting more out of Dak? Wasn’t that the dirty, underhanded deal from the start? Or are we still pretending it wasn’t?

  14. 4theWin says:
    October 5, 2022 at 12:12 pm
    Shouldn’t it go both ways? If Wilson is a great QB, he should be able to adapt his game and not be a one trick, sandlot style QB. —- Not necessarily. Would you take Rod Carew and ask him to hit home runs? Would you tell Curry you need more from him inside the paint? Of course not. It’s easier to tweak a system than to make a player change the way he’s been playing his entire career.

  15. Might also want to get your most talented players on the field. If Fangio could find ways to get production from Okwuegbunam and Hamler with bad QB play, why can’t a offensively minded coach do it with a better QB? You’re not likely to win games playing journeymen even if they are “your” guys.

  16. I can’t stand Sean Payton, but it’s hard to argue with his results. No doubt he and Russell Wilson would be a formidable combination.

  17. Sean Payton to the Broncos makes sense. Storied franchise who has been listless for a bit. Sean wants to go to a winner.

  18. No coach can make Wilson 6’5″ tall. The real advantage of naked boots was giving him visual and throwing lanes. (And Lockett is still underrated for his ability not just to separate but to understand what the QB is seeing.)

  19. The problem with trying to rekindle vintage Wilson is that he was at his best when he was scrambling and running RPO.

    He’s getting older. He’s not able to run or scramble like he used to and he doesn’t keep it on RPOs so the defense ignores it.

    This doesn’t make him a bad QB. It simply means he’s 10-15 instead of top 5.

  20. Seattle fan here, sorry we traded him and think Russ still has plenty in the tank. Outside of the first game squandered by Hackett, it hasn’t been all bad offensively, but it’s painfully obvious they need to do more play actions and roll-outs. He’s probably best in the league throwing out of play action, free money there.

  21. 4theWin says:
    October 5, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Shouldn’t it go both ways? If Wilson is a great QB, he should be able to adapt his game and not be a one trick, sandlot style

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    Just like Tom Brady should be able to play like Lamar Jackson

    It’s like saying you buy Secretariat and try to make him a trotter

    Wilson has the most wins of any QB in history in his first 10 seasons, and the most TDs in his first 10 seasons of any QB not named Peyton Manning (playing for a run first team)

    Ever hear the tennis saying “never change a winning game, always change a losing game?”

  22. higheriqthanyou says:
    October 5, 2022 at 8:49 pm
    The problem with trying to rekindle vintage Wilson is that he was at his best when he was scrambling and running RPO.

    He’s getting older. He’s not able to run or scramble like he used to and he doesn’t keep it on RPOs so the defense ignores it.

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    didn’t watch the 4th qtr of the Broncos-Raiders game, I see

    hackett can’t hack it – he should just let Wilson call the plays, give him the same freedom Brady gets, and watch the results

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