LONDON — General manager George Paton stated he desires wins and to see significantly much more offense, but he also expressed unwavering assistance for coach Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback Russell Wilson as the Denver Broncos perform to obtain their way.
So significantly so, Paton stated that though he’d listen to gives major up to Tuesday’s trade deadline, “we’re not in the mode of having rid of our truly great players.”
The Broncos arrived in London this week with the league’s lowest scoring offense (14.three points per game) and a 4-game losing streak. Hackett’s rough ride on the understanding curve in his very first seven games as an NFL head coach has created him a target for criticism as Wilson and the offense have performed far beneath lofty preseason expectations.
The Broncos (two-five) have scored 16 or fewer points in six of their games. The defense, meanwhile, has surrendered just eight touchdowns.
“I think in Nathaniel, I assistance Nathaniel one hundred%,” Paton stated Thursday. “He’s been in this seven games as a head coach. The scrutiny he’s faced is unprecedented. You know, we’ve had 4 primetime games, so he’s sort of had to understand with the entire globe watching.
“He’s kept the group collectively. He’s kept our creating collectively. I appreciate how he’s fought via it.”
However stated he knew there’d be increasing pains with all of the newness involved on the offense — new coach, new schemes, new quarterback.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be a nicely-oiled machine,” Paton stated. “I believed it would take time and naturally it has. But there is a lot we have to perform on. No excuses. We need to have to play superior. Obviously the offense is not great adequate to win games. The defense has kept us in it, but the offense has to play superior.”
Paton stood by the selection to obtain and sign Wilson to a 5-year, $245 million contract extension. The deal, if Wilson plays it all the way out, would maintain him with the group via the 2028 season.
“We know what Russ is capable of, and it really is our job to get the greatest out of Russ and our complete offense,” Paton stated. “I know we’ll get there. You’ve noticed the flashes with Russ. … You see the arm strength, the accuracy, the mobility, We all need to have to play superior, that is for confident, on offense.”
Wilson, who missed Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a hamstring injury, has completed 58.six% of his passes this season and has 5 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions in his six begins. He has a single game with two touchdown passes and two begins when he has not thrown a scoring pass.
“I’m not concerned,” Paton stated. “We’re in it for the lengthy haul with Russ, not the very first seven games. I think in Russ. We just need to have to play superior on offense. … We need to have an identity. We truly do not have an identity and I believe that comes with time and hopefully it really is quickly.”
Other teams reportedly have had interest in numerous players major up to the trade deadline, like outdoors linebacker Bradley Chubb, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and tight finish Albert Okwuegbunam, who has been inactive for the final two games.
Chubb, who is possessing what could turn into the greatest season of his profession in the final year of his existing contract, could draw interest from contending teams in search of an influence pass rusher.
“You know how significantly we like Bradley,” Paton stated. “We want to maintain all of our core players and Bradley is a single of our core players. … We’re going to what is greatest for the group.”