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Broncos CEO Greg Penner, GM George Paton offer updates on Russell Wilson, coaching search, more

Two days after breaking up with Nathaniel Hackett, First head coach in NFL history to be fired during a seasonCo-owner and CEO Greg Penner and general manager George Payton explained Hackett’s dismissal, announced interim coach and quarterback Russell. We predicted Wilson’s future and posed questions about other pressing issues surrounding the team.

Here are some of the most notable developments from the Broncos press conference.

Broncos status: Both Penner and Patton have expressed regret over the team’s performance this year. We know it needs to get better, and we will. …As owners, it is our duty to have high expectations, set high standards, and ensure we are accountable.”

Hackett’s final straw: The 51-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday was particularly “embarrassing”, Patton and Penner said, noting that “off-field stuff” (probably the players in the game after game) was a big part of the offseason. He said he had previously contributed to the decision to fire Hackett. Penner hinted that the change would be made anyway, but Sunday’s events accelerated that process.

Interim coach: Senior assistant Jerry Rosberg was hired in September after being out of the game for three years to lead the team in the final two games of the 2022 season. Spent 11 years as a coordinator.

Head Coach Search: Penner said he would “lead a thorough process,” including input from Patton and others in the ownership group, including his wife Carey. Rob Walton, Melody Hobson, Lewis Hamilton, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The current defensive coordinator Ejiro Ebero and other candidates are expected to be widely acquired.

Patton’s role in team failure: The GM claimed he, and not just Hackett, was responsible for Denver’s 2022 struggles. . “They fought for Nathaniel. It’s a credit to him and it’s to his staff….Nathaniel is a very good football coach….it didn’t work out here…and It’s my responsibility. “I told my players yesterday that I take full responsibility for my position as a football team. It’s not just about coaching, it’s not just about Nathaniel. It’s about the whole football operation.” .”

Future owner roles: Penner said the next head coach will report to him rather than Patton, suggesting the setup is common among NFL teams. he added.

Russell Wilson’s future: Both Payton and Penner admit their star quarterbacks have failed to live up to expectations in 2022, while refusing to even entertain a potential transfer from a former Seahawks standout. I preached patience lightly. “The decision to bring Russell here was a long-term one,” said Penner. “We haven’t lived up to his standards or expectations this season….we know he can play better and we know he can play better and we’re looking forward to next year. “I don’t think I’ve made a coaching move based on Russ,” Peyton said. “That’s no reason to get a new coach to turn Russ around. It’s a problem for the whole organization, it’s a problem for the whole football team.It’s not just one player.It’s not whether Russ is fixable.We believe he is.We do. .