Amidst a golden Denver sunrise, the players of the Broncos hustle around the field, preparing for another challenging day of training. Their new head coach, Sean Payton, stands focused on the sideline, meticulously observing the drills. The emphasis of this week’s practice? Red zone, short yardage, and similar tight situations.
With the sun beating down, the week had been a heated one in terms of preparation for the impending Sunday game. “It was good. It’s our first game week collectively as a group,” Payton notes, aware of the growing anticipation in the locker room and among fans. One concern for many is the status of WR Jerry Jeudy. To this, Coach Payton says, “He’s doing well,” hinting at a potential appearance on Sunday. He further praises Jeudy’s performance throughout the week, emphasising his ability to change direction on the field.
However, Coach Payton’s mind never seems to slow down, not even as the weekend approaches. “It doesn’t stop,” he says. As someone who’s always a few steps ahead, Payton ponders scenarios and watches tapes even on Fridays. He doesn’t rest until he feels all situations have been covered, a task he admits can sometimes be challenging due to the fluctuating personnel.
In addition to the excitement surrounding the new season, Payton expresses enthusiasm for having RB Javonte Williams back in the fray. “It’ll be good,” he says with a glint of anticipation. “Both [Williams and RB Samaje Perine] are new to me,” he adds, suggesting that fans might see quite an active running duo in the upcoming game.
And while the players are a major part of the game, it’s the collaboration with his staff, particularly with Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi, that adds an extra layer of strategy. “After a series,” is how often Payton communicates with Lombardi, always discussing, adjusting, and recalibrating.
Even as he juggles in-game decisions and player readiness, Coach Payton takes a moment to reminisce about his relationship with S Kareem Jackson. He recalls a heartwarming and humorous memory involving a shopping spree at a golf course owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan, shedding light on their camaraderie off the field.
The Denver Broncos, under the seasoned guidance of Sean Payton, seem poised to face all the challenges of the new season. As they look forward to their first match, with potential rain and other uncertainties, the anticipation is palpable. After all, for Coach Payton, every Week 1 is just as special as the first.