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Sean Payton reveals plan for Russell Wilson

Can Wilson bounce back in 2023?

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The Denver Broncos have themselves a new head coach for the upcoming 2023 season in former Super Bowl winner Sean Payton, and he'll be tasked with helping to turn around a franchise that suffered through a tremendously disappointing year in 2022 - especially with new quarterback Russell Wilson. 

Wilson, who is the 4th highest paid quarterback in the NFL after signing a hefty $165 million deal that could ultimately be worth up to $245 million, absolutely needs to rebound and have a better season in his second year with the Broncos. 

And with Payton in town, he's got a plan to be able to make that a reality.

“I would say this: He’s going to be a lot closer to those 2021 numbers than the 2022 numbers, just because I’m seeing it,” Payton said of Wilson.

“Now, we play in a tough division and there’s going to be tough weeks and all sorts of hurdles,” Payton added. “But I understand the question and honestly, I like what I’m seeing a lot and I would say, even, I’ve been pleasantly surprised — like wow, the arm talent in the throws down the field. He’s always thrown a really good deep ball.”

Payton then detailed some of what he believes was the problem for Wilson last season. 

“Look, I can’t tell you it wasn’t broken,” Payton told King. “But there were so many things that went into that. And I think the first thing we felt we needed to do was really overhaul and look at the offensive line. And we went out and spent money on (Ben) Powers and (Mike) McGlinchey and we got a young right guard we like (Quinn Meinerz), a center from LSU (Lloyd Cushenberry), the left tackle who’s who’s playing well (Garett Bolles). That position group permeates your building.

“And so, the two greatest allies for good quarterback play are running game and good defense. If you have trouble running the ball and stopping people, that player’s going to be up on the high dive quite a bit.”

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