Sean Payton, Denver Broncos head coach, apologizes and calls his offensive remarks a “mistake.”

Sean Payton, head coach of the Denver Broncos, expressed regret and called it a “mistake” after criticizing the team’s previous head coach and staff.

Last season, Payton worked as a FOX broadcaster. He was appointed this past offseason by the Broncos, succeeding former head coach Nathaniel Hackett. After a 4-11 record under his leadership the previous season, Hackett was fired by the team.

In an interview with USA Today on Thursday, Payton referred to his predecessors’ work as “one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL.” However, in a Friday press conference at training camp, Payton admitted: “I had one of those moments where I still had my FOX hat on, and not my coaching hat.

In the meeting yesterday, I also mentioned this to the team. We’ve had a fantastic offseason relative to that.  I have been preaching that message, and now here I am, the vete. You know, stepping in it.

“I learned from it, I will admit that. Needless to say, it was a mistake. More filter was necessary for me. I regret having said what I did, as it was clear that I should have exercised a little more restraint.

Payton also said “I have the utmost respect for Robert Saleh. I am acquainted with him. I am unfamiliar with Nathaniel (Hackett). but at the right time. Listen, when we play them, it will undoubtedly increase interest in the game, but that seems like a long way off. But I’ll handle it properly”.