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Now that it’s official, the hard work has begun for Sean Payton.
He wants to get the Denver Broncos franchise back to where it belongs and that’s competing for championships. The new head coach knows it will not be easy, but he’s up for the challenge.
Before his official news conference on Monday, Payton did his first interview as head coach with Broncos TV.
“Certainly excitement,” he replied when asked his reaction to becoming the 20th head coach in Broncos’ history. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. The tradition here is amazing. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but our plan is to win. And that’s really begun today. ... It’s excitement. It’s what I love to do.”
Payton noted that he’s started the process to fill out his coaching staff. He didn’t mention names, but it’s been reported that the Broncos have put in interview requests with Brian Flores and Sean Desai. Specifically, with Desai, Mike Klis noted that Vic Fangio gave his endorsement of Desai to Payton. Desai worked with Fangio when the two were with the Chicago Bears.
Now that Ejiro Evero has been allowed to get out of his contract, we should see interviews for the defensive coordinator happen soon.
There’s been no word on the offensive coordinator, though that’s likely a position with fewer front-facing responsibilities since Payton will call the plays and design/implement the offense. That doesn’t mean it’s not an important position.
It’ll be interesting to see the coaching staff that Payton puts together in Denver.
Tied into that, his plan to get the Broncos back on track.
“We were fortunate enough to do that for a long time in New Orleans, and I think it begins with the details,” Payton said. “It really begins with the people. So finding not only coaches (but) all the people involved in this process to be successful. It’s really an organizational goal. And planning to win, but then here’s how. So that involves a lot of details. It involves a lot of hard work.
“That’s the exciting part about it. When you do this long enough and then all of a sudden you’re away for a year and then it’s not like you jump back into it again, you actually start from the very beginning. On the grease board, you’ve got coaches' names up and you’re organizing interviews. It can feel overwhelming, but you certainly feel recharged and challenged again.”
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