Denver Broncos Fire Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett
All she wrote for Nathaniel Hackett.
The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Tom Pelissero, an NFL insider, broke the news Monday morning.
The Broncos brass, helmed now by the new ownership group — the Walton/Penners — pulled the plug on Hackett after his 11th loss. The Broncos were decimated 51-14 on Christmas Day by the Los Angeles Rams, humiliated in every respect.
From the scoreboard itself to Bronco-on-Bronco fights happening on the sideline to Russell Wilson continuing to look like a shell of his former self, this team as led by Hackett had become a wounded animal. It was saved by the Walton/Penner team.
How will history remember Hackett’s era in Denver? It won’t.
I’m not sure you can even call it an ‘era’ as it lasted just 15 games. Hackett can’t be said to have gone one and done. For the first time ever in Super Bowl history, the Broncos fired their head coach before the end of his first season.
Hackett was dismissed with prejudice. Hackett’s incompetence was evident in every decision he made as head coach.
He was not ready for this job. According to rumors, Hackett was hired by the Broncos instead of Dan Quinn and Kevin O’Connell because George Paton believed that it would give him the inside track to luring Aaron Rodgers from Green Bay.
After that didn’t happen Paton thought he was making lemonade as Wilson fell into his lap. Hackett proved to be the worst coach to take over coaching stewardship of Wilson.
Greg Penner issued a statement that confirmed Hackett’s firing, and expressed his confidence in Paton to be GM.
The proof is in the pudding. Hackett is fired with a 4-11 record. We’ll wait to see who the Broncos choose as interim head coach to oversee the two remaining games.
The Walton/Penners just made it known to all the 2023 head-coaching candidates that the NFL’s richest owners are looking to spend top dollar on the right guy to fix this god-awful mess.
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