Struggling rookie head coach could lose his job if team loses next game: report


Denver Broncos rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett has looked overwhelmed since Week 1.

In the Broncos’ first game of the year in Seattle, Hackett opted to waste the clock to attempt a 64-yard field goal, rather than get a 4th-and-5 with newly traded and signed Russell Wilson. The basket fell short and Hackett admitted he botched the decision.

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Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett during the Raiders game at Allegiant Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Las Vegas.
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Hackett was also booed by his own home fans the following weekend due to clock mismanagement.

With the Broncos struggling, ESPN reported that Hackett is in the hot seat and that his future with the team “could hang in the balance” depending on the outcome of Sunday’s game against the fellow Jacksonville Jaguars 2-5.

The Broncos are scoring just 14.3 points per game, which ranks them last in the NFL. They scored over 20 just once.

Denver also ranks 23rd in yards per game (328.6), 20th in passing yards per game (219.1) and is tied for the fewest passing touchdowns, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. Chicago.

Head coach Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson of the Broncos during the playing of the national anthem before the Houston Texans game at Empower Field At Mile High on September 18, 2022 in Denver.

Head coach Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson of the Broncos during the playing of the national anthem before the Houston Texans game at Empower Field At Mile High on September 18, 2022 in Denver.
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All of those numbers are pretty amazing because the team gave up two first, two seconds, one fifth, quarterback Drew Lock and tight end Noah Fant for Wilson in Seattle, who is 4-3 and in first place in a NFC West stacked. Denver then signed Wilson to a five-year extension worth $245 million, with $165 million guaranteed.

In late September, Hackett hired former Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg as a senior assistant to help him make in-game decisions. He had done similar work for 2008’s John Harbaugh. to 2018, a run that included their Super Bowl XLVII championship.

Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett during the Seahawks game at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022 in Seattle.

Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett during the Seahawks game at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022 in Seattle.
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The Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015 season, when they won Super Bowl L in Peyton Manning’s final NFL game.


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