Sean Keeler: I’m beginning to assume Tremendous Bowl Week has been reprogrammed to torture Broncos Nation. The sport itself lures the Entrance Vary into considering someone’s lastly discovered a approach to break Patrick Mahomes’ magic Harry Potter wand, solely to look at as No. 15 goes all Expelliarmus whereas eluding stress after which finishes the two-minute drill with an almighty Avada Kedavra in the long run zone. John Elway arms the Chiefs the Lombardi Trophy, and a stunning night that started with nachos and rooster wings ends with two aspirin and a Pepto-Bismol chaser. However the days main as much as it are getting just a little extra bonkers, too. They let Broncos coach Sean Payton unfastened on Radio Row, which is sweet for clicks however dangerous to your sanity. Particularly when he’s gotta reply questions on Russell Wilson. I imply, he advised Adam Schein on Mad Canine Radio that he and Wilson “have an incredible relationship.” He advised his pal Wealthy Eisen the identical factor. I say Sunshine Sean and Massive Russ have an incredible relationship the way in which Homer and Bart Simpson have an incredible relationship, and the dude was yanking each chain from right here to Caesar’s Palace. What say you?
Ryan McFadden: Simply from what we noticed all through the season, it by no means felt like they had been on the identical web page. That was clear when Wilson stood in entrance of the media to say the workforce needed to bench him for monetary causes and his representatives approached the NFLPA due to it. Payton saying on Radio Row that he and Wilson have an incredible relationship was to maintain him from trying like a villain. Positive, benching Wilson is the character of the enterprise. And whether or not you agree with Payton’s choice or not, he’s the coach and has the proper to make that decision. However how do you say the connection is nice even after that? Benching a nine-time Professional Bowler after he confirmed enchancment over the earlier season and helped the Broncos get within the playoff dialogue looks like one thing you possibly can’t come again from.
Keeler: That Eisen interview, particularly, was one thing else. A brain-melter. Payton: “That (QB) dialogue has to incorporate Russ. … He desires to be again. And so, which means one thing. However we’ll see.” Would you purchase a used automobile from this man? It means nothing. Nada. Zip. And the one a part of that sound chew value a patootie was, “We’ll see.” Like when he advised Schein he couldn’t “inform you the jersey variety of these rookie quarterbacks.” Oh, Sean. You cad. Dude blew his shot at Coach of the 12 months honors. However right here’s an Oscar to your hassle.
McFadden: Wilson mentioned he desires to return. George Paton mentioned the door is open. However to be sincere, I take these phrases frivolously. Wilson had no plans to transform his contract when Paton approached him earlier within the season. So why would he do it now? Based mostly on how the entire state of affairs went down, I feel Wilson would moderately have the Broncos give him his cash and transfer on together with his profession. And if we take the cash half out of it, why would Payton need to do one other 12 months with Wilson when he didn’t assume the sign caller gave them the “spark” they wanted down the stretch? If Payton didn’t assume Wilson was sufficient to assist them towards the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders throughout the closing two weeks of the season, why would he need to run it again in 2024?
Keeler: Eisen: “What’s your plan at quarterback for 2024?” Payton: “Nice query.” Every time Sean says “Nice query,” seize these rosary beads. For one, it’s by no means an incredible query. It’s an incredible query as a result of it’s a query Payton is completely, unequivocally ready for, a hill he’s able to die on. Or dance round. Payton implied the Broncos might do something. Something. Commerce for Zach Wilson. Commerce for Justin Fields. Rescue Chad Kelly from the CFL. Commerce up. Commerce down. Begin Jarrett Stidham. Kiss and make up with Russ. Of these final two, I’d say trotting Stidham as your No. 1 man is a stable plan — if that plan is securing a top-five draft decide for 2025. And Russ? C’mon, man. “I feel it’s our job,” Payton mused, “to essentially look intently at and take heed to the (NFL) practice. However not get on that practice.” Sorry, coach. In terms of Wilson, that dangerous boy left the station a very long time in the past.
McFadden: At this level, It’s laborious to find out what the Broncos will do at quarterback. I get a headache simply desirous about it. However I wouldn’t be shocked in the event that they draft a man this spring however roll with Stidham because the No. 1 till the rookie is able to be handed the keys. That could possibly be the Broncos’ best choice since I can’t see them buying and selling for one more QB. Fields could be fascinating, however the Broncos can’t afford to surrender extra picks. I wouldn’t thoughts Baker Mayfield after seeing what he did in Tampa Bay. However I feel he performed himself into getting a reasonably good contract this offseason and in the meanwhile, I don’t see Denver having the ability to afford him.
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