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Broncos, don’t f*** around on this coaching search

Conflicting reports about a second interview with Sean Payton this week are not the way to go about this.

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Things with Sean Payton appear to be a little shaky all of a sudden.

Despite all kinds of good signs last week that the Broncos want Payton and Payton wants the Broncos - which is still likely true but perhaps less exclusive than it seemed - Monday brought some conflicting reports and confounding news.

Jeff Duncan with reported Monday morning that Payton had an in-person interview scheduled with the Broncos on Wednesday.

Then Denver media came out saying nothing was confirmed.

So Duncan retracted his comment a bit and said Payton was flying out to Denver Wednesday and “expected” to have an in-person interview Wednesday night or Thursday.

But then it was reported that Payton had an interview with the Cardinals on Thursday and nothing was actually scheduled yet with the Broncos.

I know there is some question among Broncos fans about the heavy price tag that may come with Payton. Not so much the cash money but the draft capital. And it’s a valid concern.

But the Broncos need a fixer - and Payton is definitely that.

Duncan told DNVR last week that Payton is a proven winner and he will win wherever he goes.

Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football told Broncos Country Tonight’s Benjamin Allbright last week almost exactly the same thing, saying Payton would immediately improve any team he goes to.

The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider ponited out in an article that if there is a coach to immediately jumpstart an offense, it’s Sean Payton:

“From 2006 to 2021 — Payton coached all of those seasons except 2012, when he was suspended due to the Bountygate scandal — the Saints were second in the NFL in scoring at 27.7 points per game. Only the Patriots (28.5), led during most of that stretch by incomparable quarterback Tom Brady, scored more points. The 392.4 yards per game the Saints produced during Payton’s tenure were No. 1. Third-down conversion rate? No. 1. Red zone efficiency? Best in the league. Total touchdowns scored? More than anyone. The Saints were also tied atop the NFL with the Patriots during that stretch in expected points added (EPA) per play.”

For a team that had the lowest-scoring offense in the NFL last year - and as a franchise that desperately wants, even needs, to get back to winning immediately - it shouldn’t take too much due diligence to see that Payton is worth all of it to get back on track.

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