February 3, 2023


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Broncos fired Nathaniel Hackett: First-year head coach fired after ugly defeat on Christmas Day

the Denver Broncos He fired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday. A league source said CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson that the Broncos were looking to “blow it off.” This process seems to begin with parting ways with Hackett.

The move comes after he had previously embarrassed the Broncos Los Angeles Rams On Christmas Day, 51-14. Russell Wilson threw three interceptions, while the Denver defense failed to force a single Rams punt. There was also a skirmish on the Broncos’ sidelines during the game, then rusher Randy Gregory apparently slapped Rams offensive guard Uday Aboshi after the final whistle. Sunday was an absolute disaster for Denver, and the final nail in Coach Hackett’s coffin.

per ESPNBroncos assistant Jerry Rosberg will take over as interim head coach. He was hired by the franchise earlier this season to help Hackett with clock management strategy, and has served as special teams coordinator for a few other NFL teams in the past.

Hackett went 4-11 in 15 games as Broncos coach. Broncos owner and CEO Greg Benner This statement was issued Announcing the decision.

“On behalf of our ownership and our organization, I want to thank Nathaniel Hackett for his dedication as head coach of the Denver Broncos. We sincerely appreciate Nathaniel’s efforts and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

After extensive conversations with George and our ownership group, we have determined that a new direction will ultimately be in the Broncos’ best interest. This change has now been made out of respect for everyone involved and allows us to immediately begin the search for a new head coach.

“We recognize and value this organization’s championship history, and understand that we did not meet that standard. Our fans deserve much better, and I can’t say enough about their loyalty during this difficult period for our team.

“Going forward, we will carefully assess every aspect of our football operations and make any changes necessary to restore this franchise’s winning tradition.

“I will lead our search for coaching with the support of our ownership group and George, who I trust as our general manager. As the process of selecting our next coach begins, we remain focused on playing competitive football to finish the season on a positive note.”

CBS Sports NFL Insider Josena AndersonSome of the initial names being discussed for the Broncos head coaching position are Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn, Game Coordinator Daryl Bevel of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Offensive Coordinator Eric Bienemy, Former New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Demico Ryans and Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen.

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The Broncos have been the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. Although the color offensive coordinator was previously hired for Green Bay Packers And with the addition of Wilson, the Broncos struggled out of the starting gates, and things never got better.

Denver’s season-opener disappointments began against Seattle Seahawks, as Wilson fell to his former team in prime time. Down by one point with just seconds left in the fourth quarter, Hackett pulled his recently-extended quarterback, the Broncos gave up two first-round picks and two second-round picks plus three players out with the game on the line at fourth-and-5, picking a try Field goal it That would make Lumen field history instead of. Hackett later admitted that he made the wrong decision, but decision-making issues followed him the following week.

Hackett’s first career win vs Houston Tx It could not be enjoyed, as troubles plagued the Broncos again. During a marked situation in enemy territory, the offense accidentally ran out the play clock on themselves on fourth and short, which put the Broncos out of field goal range. The home opener was in Denver, and fans were jokingly counting the clock trying to help the offense.

Even in Denver’s second win of the season against San Francisco 49ersThe offense was booed mercilessly. Then the Broncos lost to Las Vegas RaidersJonathan Taylor Less Indianapolis Colts At home in overtime, the Los Angeles Chargers In another overtime game then New York Jets at home. Denver squeaked a win vs Jacksonville Jaguars in London, but then went on a five-match losing streak. Hackett’s final victory as a coach came against Arizona Cardinals In a backup quarterback battle in Week 15.

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We don’t see first-year coaches get fired that often. But it actually happens. Last year, Urban Meyer lost his job as head coach at the Jaguars due to issues that weren’t all about playing on the field, but the Texans let go of David Culley as well — a move that was controversial after he passed the milestone. Despite a record of 4-13. The Cardinal’s Steve Wilkes was the last first-year head coach to be fired prior to last season.