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Peyton Manning offers interesting comment on Zach Wilson

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson has been widely viewed around the NFL as a bust. Peyton Manning seems to think Wilson lacked the stability with the New York Jets that he needed.

Manning joined Denver Sports’ Brandon Stokley and Josh Dover for an interview on Tuesday. He talked about the team’s acquisition of Wilson Monday via a trade. Manning thinks the Broncos will provide Wilson the fresh start and consistent coaching that the young quarterback needs.

“The best way to really screw a young quarterback up is to change coordinators on him every single year, and it drives me crazy,” Manning said.

The Jets had two different offensive coordinators during Wilson’s three seasons.

“Let’s just sort of start over, right? And let’s just let Sean Payton and his staff coach you and kind of start from ground zero, which I think might be just what Zach needs,” Manning said.

“He will get coached hard here by Sean Payton and their staff. It is important for young quarterbacks to be coached hard. He’s obviously very talented.”

Wilson passed for 23 touchdowns and 25 interceptions over 34 regular season games in three seasons with the Jets. He was moved in and out of the lineup and seemed to tire of that. Now he’ll be coached by Payton, who has been known to bring out the most in quarterbacks.

If Payton somehow can coach Wilson into being a consistently good quarterback, it will go down as one of his best coaching jobs yet. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves regarding a possible turnaround.


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