Nathaniel Hackett on releasing Melvin Gordon: “We thought it was best for the team”

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The NFL is a tough, unforgiving business. Almost every day during the season (and for much of the offseason), coaches and/or General Managers decide to terminate the employment of players, reasoning that it’s in the bests interests of the team.

And, yes, you probably already know where I’m going with this.

On Monday, the Broncos released veteran running back Melvin Gordon. Coach Nathaniel Hackett explained the decision during a Monday afternoon session with reporters.

“With Melvin, he’s a true pro,” Hackett said. “He’s done a lot of good stuff here at the Denver Broncos and scored some touchdowns for us this year. We thought it was best for the team and we moved on. I wish him the best of luck and I think it’s great for him to have a fresh start. With the running backs, it will be Marlon Mack. He will be up. Then Devine Ozigbo—we are looking to see if we can get him up along with Latavius [Murray].”

Gordon had only two touchdowns this season. He had 10 in 2021, and 10 in 2020, his two prior years in Denver. The issue, obviously, wasn’t touchdowns but fumbles. He had five this season, in 10 games.

And the Broncos decided that it was time. That the chronic failure to perform at the expected standard justified moving on. That it was in the best interests of the team.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I’ve never known what that means. I know this — Hackett’s goose seems to be fully cooked. Under the standard that he applied to Gordon, Hackett may be not far behind Gordon.

13 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett on releasing Melvin Gordon: “We thought it was best for the team”

  1. He better be careful talking about doing what’s best for the team, cause he’d be the next to go

  2. Gordon has always fumbled a lot inside the 5.
    He has never been a special RB and seems like his production has been easily replaced by every team that moves on from him.
    Hackett isn’t far behind him in leaving.
    And Wilson would be too if he wasn’t given a quarter of a billion dollars…

  3. Mike cracks me up. No nonsense dude who tells it like it is but with dry humor. 2 goose references in 1 article. “Hackett’s goose has been cooked for awhile”. Legend.

  4. I would normally send him to New England because Bill is great at ball security and doesn’t tolerate turnovers. But this year that’s all they seem to do. They just hand the ball to the other team. Maybe Philly could teach him not to fumble and if he does there are enough backs so you can turf him after the first fumble.

  5. fumblenuts says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:31 pm
    I could see the Seahawks take a flier on him to see if they can coach him up.


    I don’t. They have no place for him.

  6. realitycheckbaby says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:40 pm
    Denver keeps taking weapons away from a HOF QB and are surprised he struggels.


  7. dollarbill61 says:
    November 22, 2022 at 11:58 am
    Bench Russell Wilson should be best for the team.
    Or, maybe get the HOF QB the supporting cast & Competent Coaches that you promised him to get him to agree to the trade?….smh…

    Go Hawks!

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