Why did Broncos hire David Shaw? Sean Payton finalizes role for former Stanford coach

Why did Broncos hire David Shaw? Sean Payton finalizes role for former Stanford coach
Why did Broncos hire David Shaw? Sean Payton finalizes role for former Stanford coach

Sean Payton and the Denver Broncos have reached an agreement with David Shaw to join the franchise as a senior personnel executive. The former Stanford head coach will work closely with Broncos head coach and general manager George Paton to evaluate players at both the NFL and college levels.

The Broncos released Russell Wilson this past offseason and are in a complete rebuild. They drafted quarterback Bo Nix with the 12th overall pick, and Shaw's addition will help the franchise maximize the output from the younger players on the team.

Not only did the Broncos release their veteran quarterback, but they also parted ways with Justin Simmons and Jerry Jeudy. The AFC West franchise took an $85 million hit after releasing Wilson, but with other moves, they have put themselves to have over $50 million in cap space next year.


What impact can David Shaw have on Sean Payton's Broncos?

Sean Payton: NFL Combine
Sean Payton: NFL Combine

Sean Payton and David Shaw coached together on the Philadelphia Eagles staff in 1997. They are both well aware of each other and will commit to improving the Broncos' franchise, which will require some serious work in the coming years.

Shaw had success as Stanford's head coach and had a record of 96-54. However, he left the job in 2022 after two consecutive poor seasons for the program, and he also interviewed for the Broncos' head coaching role last year.

As mentioned earlier, the Broncos have to build from the start, and it might take some years for them to become a successful team. David Shaw's input on the players in the upcoming drafts will be crucial for the franchise, and they will hope that Bo Nix turns out to be a good quarterback for them.

The Broncos are coming off a season in which they won eight games, but given the moves they made in the offseason, it shouldn't be surprising if they are one of the worst teams in the NFL this upcoming season. Hopefully, the franchise will not rush things and give Sean Payton enough time to build the type of team that he has planned.

All eyes will be on Bo Nix and Troy Franklin this year, and it will be fascinating to see if Payton and Shaw will be able to get the best out of the rookie right from the jump.


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Edited by Abhimanyu Chaudhary
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