Once again, Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett is on the hot seat. After the Broncos opened the season 2-5, rumors raged like wildfire that the new Denver ownership was “embarrassed” by the team’s struggles and that if Hackett failed to pull off a win in London, it could be curtains-blinds in his reign as head coach.
But the Broncos’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 took some of the pressure off Hackett, but certainly didn’t kill him. Then Denver mercilessly caught up, and all eyes turned to Week 10 Nashville and the mission to start this “fresh” season on the right foot.
Sadly, not only did the Broncos lose to the Tennessee Titans 17-10, they lost Russell Wilson and the offense—the area of expertise that Hackett was ostensibly assigned to—was downright awful again. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to scrutinize any aspect of the 2022 Bronco on Hackett’s watch and find a positive.
Defending, and appointing Ejiro Eveiro to be the coordinator, is Hackett’s only blessing, though it is unlikely to save him if the losses keep piling up. On Monday, Hackett hit the music again about possibly “training for his job” on Sunday when the hated Las Vegas Raiders come to town.
“I learned a long time ago that you practice your work every day. I mean, every day you come into this building and you compete and fight to be the best version of yourself and try to bring out the best in everyone around you. That’s exactly what happens, that’s how I’ve always known,” Hackett said. It.” “Like I said, you always train for your life. For me, it’s not about me. I have nothing to do with this team. [it] It’s about these coaches, it’s about getting all of us together and finding a way to win a football game on Sunday. But we have to come together as a group. I’m secondary. It’s about all of us coming together, uniting, and defeating the raiders.”
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The Broncos have lost five straight times to the Raiders, and are currently winless in the AFC West this season. Fortunately for Hackett, the Raiders may be the only team in more shambles than the Broncos.
First thing’s first: In order to exact revenge on Josh McDaniels and keep his job for another week, Hackett has to figure out how to fix a pathetic infraction, the worst in the league.
“We’re evaluating everything,” Hackett said. “First, it starts with me. We have to make sure that the play calls are the right play calls and those that will put the players in the right position to succeed. We’ll evaluate that, we’ll evaluate everything we do. We’re 3-6. We’re not where we want to be. Nobody He accepts that. That’s not the standard we want. We’re not scoring enough. It’s that simple. And we have to find a way to do that, so we’ll rate everything, everyone across the board.”
If you had asked Hackett this summer to predict where the Broncos would go into Week 11, he sure wouldn’t have guessed that he would preside over the worst offense in the NFL and a team that came out to a 3-6 start.
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“Certainly not where we are right now,” Hackett said. “Absolutely not. I think there were a lot of things that went into it… We’re obviously still working through it because it didn’t look like any of us wanted it to look.”
Hackett was clearly learning on the job at a fast pace. Hackett’s learning curve as head coach will likely be steeper than Broncos general manager George Button anticipated when he pulled the trigger to hire him last January.
What has Hackett learned about himself since becoming an NFL head coach?
“Probably the biggest thing I’ve learned from myself now is just being able to manage my time,” Hackett said. “I think it’s time, from game planning [being] With the players and everyone around us – I think that was something I had to adapt to and make sure I gave everyone the due diligence that they deserve.”
Will the Broncos relieve Hackett of his duties if the Raiders enter Empower Field at Mile High and score a win? Time will tell.
For now, Broncos Country will have to stay in the loop — as hard as they can resist the temptation not to.
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