Broncos hire assistant coach to advise Nathaniel Hackett on game management

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Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has made several questionable game-management decisions in his first two games on the job, and now the team is trying to rectify the situation.

The Broncos have hired Jerry Rosburg with the title of senior assistant, and he will sit in the booth during games and advise Hackett on his decision making, according to Mike Klis of 9 News.

Rosburg spent the week in Denver and was working Broncos practices, but the hiring didn’t become finalized until Friday. Rosburg will be in the booth for Sunday night’s game against the 49ers.

Hackett is in his first year as a head coach and assembled a fairly inexperienced coaching staff, and questions have been raised about whether the staff is up to the task of making the optimal decisions during the high-pressure environment of games. Those questions were particularly pointed after the Broncos’ strange decision to run down the clock before attempting a 64-yard field goal at the end of their Week One loss to the Seahawks. In Week Two, Broncos fans became so frustrated with the team’s slow pace that they began counting down the seconds remaining on the play clock to try to help the offense avoid delay of game penalties.

The 66-year-old Rosburg last coached in Baltimore, spending 11 seasons with the Ravens from 2008 to 2018.

77 responses to “Broncos hire assistant coach to advise Nathaniel Hackett on game management

  1. You need to hire a special assistant to tell you not to kick a 64 yard field goal when you have a future hall of fame qb and need short yardage for a first down? Geez……

  2. This has to be extremely embarrassing as a head coach. I’m curious if the grass is greener for Russ? Doesn’t seem like it. Heck even moving on from Fangio doesn’t seem like it was the best idea for the Broncos. Hopefully Russ is enjoying his offensive head coach.

  3. Current ownership didn’t even hire this coach right? If I were the owner I’d fire this guy and get Sean Payton TODAY. Russ Wilson was the right pickup, can’t have an inept coach.

  4. That’s always a good sign that things are going well. Hackett may be one-and-done in Denver after the season.

  5. It takes balls to admit that you’re in over your head. Most first time head coaches struggle with game management because it’s their first time doing it. Some new head coaches will gut it out for a year and try to figure it out. Some hire experienced coaches from the get go. Hackett hiring someone to help him was the smart choice.

  6. Next thing you know Hackett’s contract will require him to spend 10 hours each week watching film of real Head Coaches.

  7. Jerry Rosburg is a good coach and hire and can only help. I know a team in Cincinnati who could use a good coach like Rosburg to help out

  8. Don’t forget to hire the Jr time management coach to make sure the full time management coach is doing HIS job correctly.

  9. Sound like the warning on the side of a tool.
    1. Don’t operate while tired.
    2. Don’t operate while consuming alcohol.
    3. Have competent adult supervision.

  10. What a bunch of armchair coaches in this comment section. I applaud Hackett for being man enough to admit he needs some help as he navigates being a head coach for the first time. Smart move. He put his ego aside and did what was best for the team. More coaches should do the same.

  11. Hackett is a clown. He looks like a clown acts like a clown. Those owners want their own coach. He’ll be gone after this year

  12. Almost every MLB baseball team has a bench coach to help with in-game tactical decisions. Why is it so weird that a football team finally sees the wisdom here, even if they discover it the hard way?

  13. Jerry Rosburg will also be tasked with keeping Nathaniel Hackett’s shoelaces tied and front pant pockets turned in(shoelace/pant pocket control coach)

  14. “What a bunch of armchair coaches in this comment section. I applaud Hackett for being man enough to admit he needs some help as he navigates being a head coach for the first time. Smart move. He put his ego aside and did what was best for the team. More coaches should do the same.“

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    Time for you and your generation(s) to grow up. We are tired from carrying your load. If coach can’t hack it, it’s time to admit it and move on.

    And that goes for you too.

  15. Looks like Nathaniel Hackett may be a one and done and deservedly so…the Broncos need to give Sean Payton whatever he wants to come to Denver.

  16. Read the article, Hackett didn’t hire him. So everyone applauding Hackett, wrong! The Broncos hired him.

  17. Wow I would absolutely love to hear the audio of the decision making process during games with all the coaches and qb. Can they add an interface for fans to offer their input too?? Guess Hackett better start petitioning the committees for increased play clocks.

  18. Um, why dotn the Broncos just fire the guy today? They have plenty of money las time I checked Walmart was a pretty big company with billions in profits.

  19. I wonder what will be more of a unwelcome call for this new ownership group: realizing Hackett is in over his head or that the team got fleeced by the Seahawks for a rapidly declining QB.

  20. After game 2. What an absurd overreaction. So caught up with outside noise the the social media society we live in.

  21. if you have to process plays and philosophies through another voice, isn’t that going to slow things down even moe.

  22. This is why a lot of first year head coaches hire former HCs as assistants. Think Sean McVay and Wade Phillips. Dan Campbell and Anthony Lynn.

  23. How exactly do you get a Head Coaching gig when you can’t even manage the game and need someone with a lesser title to explain the basics of your job to you? Who hired this dude and couldn’t see it was way beyond his scope should be fired for negligence. These two are the essence of the Peter Principle.

  24. aren’t those decisions LITERALLY the job of the Head Coach? So Hackett is basically the highest paid Offensive Coordinator in the NFL.

  25. The Real Raider says:
    September 24, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Um, why dotn the Broncos just fire the guy today? They have plenty of money las time I checked Walmart was a pretty big company with billions in profits.

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    I see you rippin off my handle

  26. Never understood the hiring in the first place. He wasn’t a good OC when in Buffalo. Problems with play calling, wrong plays at the wrong time. So he’s the son of Paul Hackett. So what?

  27. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    September 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm
    Looks like Nathaniel Hackett may be a one and done and deservedly so…the Broncos need to give Sean Payton whatever he wants to come to Denver.

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    Can you imagine how good a team could be with Payton’s offense, Wilson at QB, and a couple good Receiver like…Metcalf and Lockett?

  28. I think it would be kinder to just fire the guy than to tell the world that you’ve hired a babysitter for him. Denver has reached a new low with this move.

  29. so now Denver is going to start going through head coaches like they used to go through starting quarterbacks.

  30. Then Rosburg’s salary should come out of Hackett’s salary. Unless Hackett’s contract states he’s not responsible for game time management…

  31. His last name explains it all, because you know he can’t hack ett …. Having to hire a coach to coach the head coach as to be a low point.

  32. To be fair, they only need the coach’s coach for away games. The Broncos crowd will count the clock down for Hackett.

  33. I have never coached football above kids pee wee level.

    I do however know that if your only plan for victory is to tie an NFL record, you may need to come up with a better plan.

    FYI Broncos, I work pretty cheap

  34. All I want is for Denver to hire Turbo as his assistant, have him right next to him all game in his epic 80’s clothes, with a rolled up break dancing mat under his arm, just in case.

  35. bam5239 says:
    September 24, 2022 at 4:25 pm
    It takes balls to admit that you’re in over your head. Most first time head coaches struggle with game management because it’s their first time doing it. Some new head coaches will gut it out for a year and try to figure it out. Some hire experienced coaches from the get go. Hackett hiring someone to help him was the smart choice.
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    Using your thinking; he should hire someone to let him know when to attempt a FG and when to go for it instead. You know when your kicker has never made over a 60 yard FG in his career and even missed a FG in 2019 against the Raiders of the exact same 64 yards. Maybe he should hire me too!

  36. I at least like that Hackett isn’t letting ego get in the way. He realizes the learning curve is long & he’d rather bring someone on that has the experience so the team doesn’t continue to suffer while he gets his. Kubiak also had a metrics guy to run game clock/ time outs & give him probabilities like 8% if you kick, 32% if you go for it on 4th down type thing. You can have all the talent in the world, have a great game plan, but if you don’t manage situational football, you’re doomed.

  37. You need to hire a special assistant to tell you not to kick a 64 yard field goal when you have a future hall of fame qb and need short yardage for a first down? Geez……

    Forget the qb. What do the percentages say… 4th and 5 has got to be better than 64 yard field goal

  38. NFL teams have been innovative with strength and fitness, nutrition, analytics, and large coaching staffs. A time/clock coach is long overdue. I’ve seen countless teams leave too much time on the clock and use timeouts needlessly or leave timeouts in their pockets when they could’ve been used along with poor clock management forever. Hope it works out.

  39. A second set of eyeballs couldn’t hurt but what the Broncos coaching staff really needs is one fully functioning brain!

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