Sean Payton: Russell Wilson’s performance team won’t be in facility this year

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One of the main topics of conversation surrounding Sean Payton’s decision to become the Broncos head coach has been whether he will be able to get quarterback Russell Wilson to play at a higher level than he did during the 2022 season.

The pursuit of that goal will lead the Broncos to do a number of things differently than they did when Nathaniel Hackett was their head coach. One of those differences will have to do with who will be in the building with Wilson this season.

Wilson has a personal performance team made up of trainers, physical therapists, and others who had access to the Broncos facility during the 2022 season. At a press conference in Denver on Monday, Payton said that will no longer be the case.

“That’s foreign to me,” Payton said, via Parker Gabriel of the Denver Post. “That’s not going to take place here. I’m not familiar with it, but our staff will be here, our players will be here and that’ll be it.”

Wilson having his own office and parking spot at the Broncos facility created more grist for the mill about his standing with the team last season. As Payton works to craft an offense that does more to highlight Wilson’s strengths, it appears he’ll be doing the same off the field in hopes of creating smoother sailing in Denver.

68 responses to “Sean Payton: Russell Wilson’s performance team won’t be in facility this year

  1. Hackett was so in over his head. I knew from his first press conference he had no shot. That personality doesn’t work in an NFL locker room as a head coach. Coordinator or position coach, sure. But you can’t lead like that.

  2. It will be interesting to see if Russ buys what Payton is selling… While there are plenty of good candidates out there for all of the openings, Payton is probably the only one where there would be any chance of him being able to put Russ in his place.

  3. This gets nuttier and funnier all the time.
    I never heard about this – an entire entourage?

    “Wilson had a personal performance team made up of trainers, physical therapists, and others who had access to the Broncos facility during the 2022 season”

  4. Russ Wilson as QB for at least 2 more years and no decent draft choices for just as long are going to make Payton’s 2nd go round a lot harder than the first.

  5. Payton, is not gonna treat Wilson any better than any other player and that’s a good thing. Wilson, won one Super Bowl with a loaded roster and lost another. I’m sure the private office will be eliminated as well..

  6. Wait until he blows out his knee doing high-knees on the plane because he doesn’t have his training staff.

  7. His own performance team in the facility? His own office? Bet his teammates loved that. Nice job by Hackett of taking charge. A chimp could have done a better job.

  8. Wilson has a personal performance team made up of trainers, physical therapists, and others who had access to the Broncos facility during the 2022 season.

    Wilson having his own office and parking spot at the Broncos facility created more grist for the mill about his standing with the team last season.

    ————-

    It had to be hard for Wilson to remember that he was part of a team while running his own business and Brand out of the team head quarters.

    Yes, Hackett sucked but Wilson was all about being CEO of Russell Wilson, Inc. while in the building.

  9. Everything is probably stipulated in Russ’s contract so Sean needs to get used to he is not actually in charge, and cannot tell Russ what he can and cannot due.

  10. Ruh roh… Trouble in Donkeyville already. 🐴 Anyone get Ciara’s opinion on this? 🧐🤐🤣

  11. Payton’s gone before the draft. Russ will NEVER stand for a coach having this level of authority.

  12. Russel Wilson can no longer tweet performance team promotional tie-ins from the practice field and post IG promotional items from the sidelines during games

  13. Perks have to be earned. Not what you did three years ago, it’s what you do today that matters.

  14. Thank God for a real head coach! But I doubt Vic Fangio would have put up with that Team Russell garbage either.

  15. Has anyone asked GM George Paton why he signed Rusell for a trillion dollars without having taken a single snap once on the team? Russell was injured his last year in Seattle. Beyond dumb. Beyond incompetent.

  16. While on the sideline coaching during the game…Nathaniel Hackett always had that look on his face that said “Did I shut the garage at the house before leaving for work this morning?”

  17. wonderboy says:
    February 6, 2023 at 3:13 pm
    This gets nuttier and funnier all the time.
    I never heard about this – an entire entourage?

    “Wilson had a personal performance team made up of trainers, physical therapists, and others who had access to the Broncos facility during the 2022 season”

    ——

    It’s not that nutty, a lot of top guys have their own trainers/assistants/nutritionists outside of the team. Everyone made a big deal about Brady’s guy a handful of years ago because Belichick didn’t like him. Wilson and Brady are far from the only guys to have their own personnel.

    Also, looks like Payton already has more of a grip on this lockerroom than Pete Carroll ever had in Seattle. Very encouraging right out the gate.

  18. So if such a rift builds between Wilson and Payton such that Payton benches Wilson, if the Broncos then go winless while Wilson mopes on the bench will any Broncos fans care?

  19. Everything is just talk talk talk. The only thing that matters is how the team performs as a whole. Our opinions don’t mean squat.

  20. This reminds me of when Bill Parcells showed up in New England, and made it known right away that the clown show was over, and that party atmosphere where there was ZERO accountability had ended. Russ needs to be whipped into shape, and he needs to be brought back to earth. Good luck with that

  21. With that entourage it now makes sense! Russ was never gonna cook. He had his personal chef do that for him.

  22. Why would a team even agree to something like that? Wilson must really think he is above all of the players. Pretty selfish and immature!.

  23. When Payton arrived in New Orleans, certain veterans had la-z-boy recliners in the locker room. One of his first orders of business was to remove the la-z-boys. A mass cutting of veterans followed prior to and during his first training camp. The 3-13 team he inherited went 10-6, won the division, and advanced to the NFC Championship his first year. And Brees could barely throw 10 yards in his first two games, coming off a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder

    Advice to the Broncos: Buckle up, buttercup!

  24. Sean Payton is overrated the minute he lost Drew Brees the Saints started to go downhill the he had to quit to save face oh and by the way Russell Wilson is done!

  25. Does this mean that Wison’s demands to have the stadium renamed after him has been denied?

  26. If Payton can change Russell Wilson, why was he only able to get to one super bowl in 15 years with Drew Brees? I like Payton as much as any coach, but don’t expect a super bowl appearance any time soon.

  27. The irony of all this new sheriff talk is that Payton got the job because Russ wanted him there

  28. Every Quarterback will tell you they want to win championships. Every owner will pay through the nose for a great QB (many just can’t attract top talent). And everyone else will say that Defense wins championships. Whether you have Tom Brady or Trey Lance at QB, you NEED a solid defense to ensure the score doesn’t get out of hand. Getting Russ’s entourage out of the building is a good start, but he’s still married to the ego-machine. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Russell Wilson has NEVER been the same after he got together with Ciara.

  29. He should continue to have his own private office. However, the team should charge him 40 million a year to rent it from them and have that money offset his ridiculous salary/cap hit.

  30. Ya Payton will expose Wilson for the fraud he is. His act that he is just like Mahomes isnt working anymore.The guys arm is shot and is scrambling is pathetic. Payton will see through this and want a new guy next year. He aint no Drew Brees thats for sure. The love fest works when Wilson wins with his arm.

  31. I’d love to know if its in Wilson’s contract that those people get to be in the building. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Wilson says….hold on a second. Thats in the contract.

  32. Denver has hope with Payton in charge. Wilson is all about Wilson. He puts himself ahead of his team and ahead of his teammates. Payton will put an end to that quickly.

  33. Sean Payton’s legacy is more important to him than Russ is. He wasn’t joined at the hip with Drew when he got to NOLA. They built that relationship together. If Russ ain’t at the facility first and last like Drew was, he won’t be at the facility ASAP. And if Russ really wants to be a HoF’er, he will be there when he needs to be and SP will help him achieve that. Otherwise, he’ll be the QB in Arizona in 2 years.

  34. If it comes down to first ballot HOF QB Russell Wilson vs Sean, I made it to one SB ever with a possible third or fourth ballot HOF QB, Sean will be gone.

    And it would be the right decision.

  35. Russ would have 2 SB’s if he just called an audible. Even if he faked to Lynch and rolled out to run or pass. Still the dumbest play in history.

  36. Reminds me of when Payton arrived in New Orleans and toured the locker room for the first time. One of the soon-to-be-ex players had a comfy recliner next to his locker. It was removed within the hour. Prima Dona behavior has no place in a football locker room. Payton is a no-nonsense coach. If nothing else, the culture of the team will change with Payton running the show.

  37. If Payton can change Russell Wilson, why was he only able to get to one super bowl in 15 years with Drew Brees?

    ———

    Maybe because there are 22 starters on a football team, not just one.

  38. What was worse, Denver agreeing to these silly demands or Russ wanting them in the first place. What player needs their own office? Payton needs to take all that away. Russ may not like it but he will gain the respect of the rest of the team.

  39. The days of Russell “Hollywood” Wilson are over. Payton is old school, a Bill Parcells protege. In watching Russ his last year in Seattle, he just wasn’t the same 9 time Pro Bowler. GM Paton should have seen that before giving up the farm for him. I think Russ can come around a little bit, but in the end, it will take someone like Payton to do that. Hackoff had no business being a head coach. A head coach runs the show, not the QB. Hopefully Russ respects Payton as a head coach and his decisions, as he said he does. I extremely doubt that Gary Kubiak would have put up with any of the Hollywood antics that Russell brought with him. Or Mike Shanahan for that matter. Championships are won with a “team”.

  40. charliecharger says:
    February 6, 2023 at 5:45 pm
    If Payton can change Russell Wilson, why was he only able to get to one super bowl in 15 years with Drew Brees? I like Payton as much as any coach, but don’t expect a super bowl appearance any time soon.
    ———————————————————
    Because getting to the SB is really hard, even if you have a good team. What the Pats did for ~20 years, and what KC has done more recently, is pretty remarkable. How did the Rams do this year? Maintaining consistency in the NFL is hard enough, but getting to the championship game – and winning it – is very difficult.

    Or you have a situation like SF where they were derailed by QB injuries.

  41. I think we take it a step at a time. We haven’t beaten KC since Mahomes took the field. First thing, beat them at least once this coming season. Then in’24 sweep them and win the AFC West. I don’t think anyone in Denver is expecting a Super Bowl immediately. Just a winning season. 10 and 7 would be fantastic. Super Bowl trophies are so elusive. There is so much involved in taking the silver trophy home. Lady luck is one, getting through the season with limited injuries. Ask John Elway about Super Bowls, he was in 5 and won 2. A great accomplishment, but still.. Dan Marino, has good as he was, only made it to one SB, and lost. It’s a major task to win the SB.

  42. Sean Payton would have taken the Saints to two SB’s, if not for that terrible pass interference call that sent the Rams instead..

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