Former Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett becomes Jets OC. Nathaniel Hackett, a former offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, was hired by the New York Jets on Thursday, ending the team’s two-week search for an offensive coordinator. This move will likely fuel talk regarding a possible deal involving Aaron Rodgers.
Hackett, who takes over for Mike LaFleur, worked as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers from 2019 to 2021. During that time, he fostered a positive relationship with Aaron Rodgers, whose status with the Green Bay Packers is currently unclear. It is anticipated that the Jets will participate in the search for an experienced quarterback.
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The head coach, Robert Saleh, hired a seasoned coach with substantial playcalling expertise and someone he is familiar with after conducting interviews with seven known applicants for the role. They were on the same staff at the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 and 2016 when they worked together.
Hackett’s tenure as head coach of the Broncos was cut short and marked by failure on almost every front. He was let go after leading the Broncos to a 4-11, with the team ranking 32nd in scoring and 21st in total yards. As a quarterback for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson had the worst season of his career while playing for Hackett.
Late in the season, Hackett handed playcalling duties to quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak, who had also auditioned for the vacant position with the Jets. Hackett had drawn criticism earlier in the season for his poor game management.
Before taking on those roles in Denver and Green Bay, Hackett served as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills (2017-2018) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2017-2018). (2013-2014).
Between 2001 and 2004, his father, Paul, served as the offensive coordinator for the Jets.
Keith Carter, a former offensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans, was hired by the Jets to coach that position group and serve as the running game coordinator. John Benton, who was also terminated after the season, has been replaced by Carter, who was released after the season.