Nathaniel Hackett beat a long list of Jets candidates
After starting this season with a 6-3 record, the New York Jets fell back a lot, finishing 7-10 and missing the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season.
With the departure of offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, they needed a change and eventually hired Nathaniel Hackett, the former head coach of the Denver Broncos.
According to Jets head coach Robert Saleh, there were many candidates, but Hackett stood out.
Saleh says he had more than 15 applicants, including in college. “Keep going round in circles” to Hackett. “Really, really excited” about the rental. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 26, 2023
Hackett previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers for several seasons.
The best performance came in the 2020 season, when Green Bay finished first in points scored, passing touchdowns, and committing the fewest turnovers.
That year, he finished 13-3 and came a hair’s breadth away from reaching the Super Bowl, but eventually fell to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game, 31-26.
But this season has been chaotic for Hackett.
While in charge of the Broncos, he was head coach for the first time and instead of competing for a Super Bowl berth as many expected, they fell to a 5-12 and missed the playoffs.
While their defense wasn’t too bad, their offense was painfully inept as they finished last in runs scored, reaching 20 points only six times.
To be fair, Denver suffered a few injuries, especially wide receiver Tim Patrick and running back Javonte Williams, but there was no reason it should have been this bad offensively.
The Jets have other gaps to fill, especially at quarterback, where they’ve tried four different starters this season, but at least they have an offensive coordinator who has had past success in that role.
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