The Denver Broncos didn’t get off to the best start to the season.
Sean Payton was supposed to lead a major turnaround this year, but that has been far from the case thus far.
Sitting on a 1-5 record and already giving up on some veterans, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Broncos blowing the roster up if they don’t win their next game.
That’s why Payton is reportedly trying to get his players to draw inspiration from last season’s Detroit Lions (via Zac Stevens).
At 1-5, Sean Payton pointed to the Lions last year who were 1-6 to start then finished 9-8.
"There’s a grit element involved. Some mental toughness that’s involved… Here [Detroit is] now as one of those teams. We’re kind of in that position. We’re bowing up, and we have to”
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) October 18, 2023
The Lions started the year 1-6 and finished the season 9-8, knocking on the door of a playoff berth.
When asked about that, Payton stated that there was “a grit element” to it, praising the Lions for the way they’ve been able to turn the page and develop a winning culture in no time.
Notably, the Broncos have a talented and stacked roster on both sides of the field, so it’s quite hard to understand what’s going on there.
Their offense has been significantly better than last year when they had an offensive-minded coach.
Their defense, on the other hand, has been atrocious just one year after being one of the best in the game, all with the same personnel.
Needless to say, making the playoffs after a 1-5 start to the season is a bit of an uphill battle, especially in the AFC West.
But we’ve seen crazier things happen, and the Broncos should fare much better than they’ve done thus far for the remainder of the season.NEXT: Sean Payton Has Honest Reaction To Play Sheet Leak