Nathaniel Hackett most likely staying put, at least until the end of the season

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The Broncos, despite losing seven of their first 10 games, had not been beaten by more than one score. On Sunday, they lost to the Carolina by 13, to fall to 3-8.

Plenty of Broncos fans are hoping that a change will be made at the coaching position, sooner than later. As bet we can tell, that’s currently very unlikely.

It’s important to add “as best we can tell” because the Wal-Mart moguls who bought the team in August have kept their cards very close to the vest. They are very smart. They are very methodical. They are not panicking.

And there’s really no reason to. Other than today, every game was close. Injuries have depleted the roster. The players continue to play hard.

Besides, it’s extremely rare for a coach to not finish his first year. It’s happened only four times since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

And while it indeed happened last year with Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, that was a strange case. There were off-field concerns, and the team was simply not responding to Meyer’s ways. Hackett has been far from perfect, but it’s been nothing like the train wreck from a year ago in Jacksonville.

The Broncos have six games to go. That’s more than a third of the season. Ownership, barring some sort of calamity that should be regarded a highly unlikely, will wait until the season ends before making a decision. At that point, they very well could decide to make a change. Things may seem very different, however, after the next six games are played.

10 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett most likely staying put, at least until the end of the season

  1. Hackett is guilty of inheriting a mess provided by George Paton. Paton should be the first one to go!

  2. Sean Payton recently said he would be interested in coaching the cards or chargers. That should tell you everything you need to know about Russell Wilson. It’s not Hackett’s fault.

  3. mongonation says:
    November 27, 2022 at 9:27 pm
    Hackett is guilty of inheriting a mess provided by George Paton. Paton should be the first one to go!
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    Seriously? Paton inherited John Elways disaster. The guy who couldn’t draft a QB, or hire the right head coach.
    John Elway hired four different head coaches, why should Paton only get one chance?

  4. As a contrarian, we’ve all seen moguls in other businesses buy NFL franchises and fail– think Shad Khan and Dan Snyder. There is no guarantee that new ownership will succeed, HOWEVER it is hard to imagine they could fail worse. Team prez Ellis already stepped down, Paton should be next. Its hard to lay the blame at Hackett’s feet, b/c of the Wilson fiasco, but Hackett isn’t doing anything special to make lemonade out of the lemon that is Russell Wilson.

  5. Hmmm, I recall all the posts here about Hackett being in over his head, poor game management, and poor play calling. They brought in a consultant, and then he gave up play-calling (he’s an offensive coach) – ha – see what happened there – offensive. lol

    This article seems to run cover for him. I’m not a Bronco or Wilson fan, but they’re playing bad football and it doesn’t look like it’ll get better. I’m guessing their ownership has buyer’s remorse.

  6. It’s normal for new owners to want their people in place so both Hackett and the GM Paton were going to need to be successful to keep their jobs. They’re both gone at end of year and the new GM will hire the new coach. The argument for dumping Hackett now would be to see if a coaching change, even to an interim, might light a spark in Wilson who has looked absolutely awful.

  7. Russell Wilson must be thinking he’d rather get boo’d by his former fans than by having his new teammates in his face yelling at him.

  8. Wal-Mart moguls who bought the team in August have kept their cards very close to the vest. They are very smart. They are very methodical.

    Well…I beg to differ.

  9. Because of the contract extension and the draft capital that went with it (the picks are getting higher every day), this will replace the Hershel Walker trade as the worst in the modern NFL. While the Broncos have had more than their share of injuries – starting in pre-season – giving Russ an extension before this season should be a fireable offense by Patton. Hackett is clearly out of his depth, and contrary to this article, the team HAS given up on the coaching and the quarterback. Seattle fleeced us, pure and simple. Good on them.

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