Twitter questions Sean Payton-Broncos marriage before it even begins
Twitter questions Payton-Broncos marriage before it even begins originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Most marriages begin with happiness – a ceremony surrounded by friends and family, a relaxing honeymoon and maybe even a grace period for any potential disagreements.
If social media is any indication, the Denver Broncos and new head coach Sean Payton aren't off to the smoothest start.
The Broncos reportedly finalized a trade to acquire Payton from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.
But according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Super Bowl-winning head coach wasn’t their first choice. Rapoport reported that Denver spent Tuesday trying to hire DeMeco Ryans, who was later announced as the Houston Texans’ coach, before pivoting back to Payton.
Rapoport later reported that Payton was Denver’s third choice, behind Ryans and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.
From our breaking news update: The #Broncos landed Sean Payton. But how they got hereâ¦ ð«£ð¯ð¤¯ pic.twitter.com/LOCZV4AgVf
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2023
Several other insiders, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter, refuted Rapoport’s report that the Broncos pursued Ryans on Tuesday.
Timing of todayâs two hires was completely coincidental. Broncos were zeroed in on Sean Payton, and didnât make any contact this week with DeMeco Ryans or his agent. Denver was focused on Payton, and Houston on Ryans.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2023
But Twitter took Rapoport’s report and ran with it.
Payton wasnât Denverâs first choice. Denver wasnât Paytonâs first choice. Payton choosing the Broncos for money, not love. Not a great start to this marriage. https://t.co/Wo4Jo55elt
— Danny Heifetz (@Danny_Heifetz) January 31, 2023
Woof, Denver. Woof. https://t.co/5TbZBDzhMV
— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) January 31, 2023
Option 3 https://t.co/XHQLTFsUCw pic.twitter.com/sl4PnwypOo
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) January 31, 2023
Broncos when plan A is failing pic.twitter.com/t20R3DXtRT https://t.co/Vn54WpB69D
— Steph (@stephxghost) January 31, 2023
Several others were quick to get off jokes about the pairing of Payton and Russell Wilson, who struggled mightily in his first season with the Broncos.
Sean Payton watching Russell Wilson Broncos film pic.twitter.com/dyqGB808Rz
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) January 31, 2023
Russell Wilson seeing Sean Payton as the next head coach pic.twitter.com/97UiW66exi
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) January 31, 2023
EXCLUSIVE: @Walmart has re-branded. https://t.co/md26AuuIaV pic.twitter.com/T2J5GzkzdV
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) January 31, 2023
Only time will tell if the Broncos succeed under Payton, but they certainly didn’t win the popular vote on social media with how things went down.