One of the first priorities of new Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton will be righting the play of franchise quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson showed some flashes of his old self last season while looking like one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league for large swaths of play. The Broncos stumbled to a 5-12 finish last season, good enough for last place in the vaunted AFC West.
While we have yet to see how Wilson operates under Payton’s guidance, the new duo is getting a vote of confidence from Broncos legend Peyton Manning, who recently spoke to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN about the upcoming season.
"I like my Broncos. I wish the Chiefs would get out of the division, Stephen A. Unfortunately, they're not going anywhere. So, we've still got some work to do."- Peyton Manning pic.twitter.com/cjHt8LY91h
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 2, 2023
“Sean has brought some new juice here. He’s going to get the best out of Russell,” Manning said. “Russell feels rejuvenated as well. I like my Broncos.”
Manning also went on to rave about life in Denver, which he has enjoyed for over a decade since coming to the Broncos from the Indianapolis Colts.
“I’ve been living in Denver for 11 years now,” Manning told Smith. “Football town, hockey town and now a basketball town. It’s been great, and it’s been a fun run to watch these guys.”
Wilson, Payton and the new-look Broncos open their season at home against the hated Las Vegas Raiders.