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Keeler: Why wait, Broncos? Sooner Bo Nix is named Sean Payton’s QB 1, the better. Here’s why.


Jon Cooper goes so far back with Sean Payton, he remembers when the Broncos coach was the second-smartest guy in the room.

“I watched him play football in high school (in Chicago), that’s how far back I go with Sean,” Cooper, associate general manager and senior draft analyst with the Ourlads scouting service, chuckled over the phone. “I know what kind of competitor he is. His learning curve in the NFL really got a boost working with Bill Parcells.

“There’s some Bill Parcells now in how he operates. The Broncos are in some good hands, in my opinion.”

He thinks Bo Nix is in good hands, too.

Heck, he thinks Nix and Payton are destined to go together like green chiles and smashed ground beef.  More to the point, he thinks the two will be ready to serve, hot and fresh, at Seattle. Week 1. Right outta the chute.

“I’m not sure Zach Wilson is going to become a better quarterback from working with Sean,” Cooper said. “And Nix is a veteran with all that college experience. (As a) guy who’s played a lot of football, there’s an advantage, to a degree.

“There’s some inconsistency (with Nix). And I think where Sean can help is develop that consistency and develop some consistent things in his mechanics and also the mental side of playing quarterback. They’ll be coming up with a teaching plan – there’s a lot of teaching with a (rookie) QB, and Sean will be involved with some plans. But my confidence level is pretty high with him, obviously.”

And the meter’s running. Nix will be 24-and-a-half during the preseason. He’s older than Trey Lance. He’s older than Sam Howell. He’s older than Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud and Anthony Richardson.

You didn’t draft a kid. And you sure as heck didn’t draft him to lug Jarrett Stidham’s clipboard around for six weeks.

“Bo Nix (needs) consistency to get to that next level of QB,” Cooper said. “He’s inconsistent. He’s got a strong arm. He’s a big, tough kid. There are some inconsistencies there, some mechanical things he’s going to have to work on. But with Sean, I’d trust Sean more than almost anybody when it comes to QBs.”

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