Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton told quarterback Ben DiNucci told there might be a job opportunity at a local Walmart store after the quarterback threw an interception in front of Broncos owner Greg Penner. Before the start of a rookie minicamp session, Payton praised DiNucci during his conversation with Penner.
Then, DiNucci threw an interception, that was returned for a touchdown by rookie linebacker Drew Sanders. Everything happened in front of Broncos owner Penner, who is also the chairman of Walmart. "You know, he owns Walmart.
If it doesn’t work out here, I’m sure there’s a greeting opportunity somewhere at one of his local stores.’ It was good play by Drew, [he had] a good break," Peyton said, per Yahoo Sports.
Payton hopes to avoid quarterback issues in 2023
When the Broncos hired Payton, one the biggest tasks lying in front of the head coach was to help quarterback Russell Wilson bounce back in 2023.
Instead of contending for a Super Bowl in 2022, the Broncos were one of the worst teams and had a very disappointing season. Wilson received the most blame for the Broncos' season, with some also criticizing the Broncos for giving the quarterback special privileges.
When Payton arrived, he noted there would be changes. “A lot was made of that, and it was just an honest answer. I know what I’m familiar with and what I’m expecting. You guys will hear me throughout this season: At some point, you guys will digest ’22, but for me and this team when we get into the offseason, I’m going to park a car with no rearview mirror, sideview mirrors.
Those will all be gone. We’ve got to get past all those difficult things. It was a tough year, and someone said it last night, they have success last [year], I don’t think the upstairs meeting room matters to anybody.
I don’t think it matters, because I didn’t see any articles from any of you prior to Week 1 or Week 2 when it was happening. That’s what happens when you lose. Everything gets looked at closely, including the coaching.
We’ll have a way of doing business, and I think it’ll be what I’m familiar with and what’s best for the players," Payton said in February.