Jets Hire Nathaniel Hackett as OC

Former Denver Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett
Former Denver Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett
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NFL Conference Championship - The New York Jets will hire former Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hackett was fired as Broncos head coach midseason, leading Denver to the 29th-ranked offense in football. He previously served as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Green Bay, finishing top-ten in offensive DVOA three straight years while leading the league in offensive DVOA in 2020. 

The new Jets offensive coordinator will succeed Mike LaFleur, who joined head coach Robert Saleh upon leaving San Francisco. The Jets finished 26th in offensive DVOA, starting three different quarterbacks over the course of the season. 

According to Schefter, the Jets interviewed more than 15 candidates before hiring Hackett.   


15 comments, Last at 28 Jan 2023, 10:08am

#1 by KnotMe // Jan 26, 2023 - 11:55am

Gotta think they feel they have a real shot at getting Rodgers. Can't see how this make sense otherwise. 

Maybe Saleh's idea is "now they can't fire me bc Hackett becomes HC since the DC has never done it"

Points: 1

#2 by mehllageman56 // Jan 26, 2023 - 11:57am

I don't care if he comes with Aaron Rodgers (and that didn't happen for Denver), you don't hire him.  I don't know how you watch what happened in Denver this past season and want him running your offense.

I doubt this is a Saleh hire; Woody is running the team again, and this is so going to backfire.  I almost hope they get Rodgers to watch it all burn down.

I should go buy that book Against Football so I can stop paying attention to this waste of time team.

Points: 6

#3 by BigRichie // Jan 26, 2023 - 12:11pm

If Woody is again running the team, ouch! (though I now know to knock every Jet player down a notch re my fantasy teams next year)

Points: 0

#4 by mehllageman56 // Jan 26, 2023 - 12:22pm

I guess there is a possibility that Saleh wanted Hackett, because he's from the McVay/LaFleur line, and has experience. And the lesser LaFleur moved on because his temperament didn't jell with Zach Wilson and the receivers, according to the Athletic article.

There's also a huge possibilty that Woody is interfering because 1) things fell apart down the stretch, 2) he wants a big splash to get news coverage, and 3) he didn't hire the GM Douglas, and probably had very little to do with Saleh's hiring as well.  Woody definitely interfered to have the team trade for Tebow, and the Farve trade may have been his idea (although the GM was on board with that one).

Points: 0

#6 by KnotMe // Jan 26, 2023 - 1:01pm

I can at least buy the idea that Hackett is a decent OC. His best year was with Rodgers but that pretty much the only time he had a decent QB also. Still, it's hard to say he's really an upgrade from LaFleur. 

That said, if Hackett can't fix Russel Wilson he probably isn't fixing the Jets Wilson. 

Points: 0

#9 by ImNewAroundThe… // Jan 26, 2023 - 2:02pm

Nah, too much benefit of the doubt. He was given multiple 1st rounders (somewhat talented) and a 9x PB. There was was nothing to fix, he just stinks at developing. 

Points: 1

#8 by Cythammer // Jan 26, 2023 - 1:56pm

Can hiring an OC ever qualify as a big splash? I don't think so. I think most casual fans couldn't name the OC of their team.

Points: 1

#11 by KnotMe // Jan 26, 2023 - 4:00pm

I feel like most fan's can name ONE coordnator. The one who doesn't align with the coach. So Niners fans might know who the DC is but not the OC. 

Points: 0

#7 by Cythammer // Jan 26, 2023 - 1:55pm

Being a head coach is not the same as being an OC. Maybe being head coach was too much on his plate. He's had success as an OC so I don't see how we can dismiss the idea he'll be successful as one again.

Rodgers is getting old, to be sure... But he's won the MVP in two of the last three seasons with Hackett as his OC. I don't think it's likely we would be watching anything burn down.

Points: 3

#5 by ImNewAroundThe… // Jan 26, 2023 - 12:26pm

Lol they're going backwards in offensive DVOA.

Sums up the Jets te last decade too.

Points: -1

#10 by coboney // Jan 26, 2023 - 2:16pm

I feel bad for the Jets offensive players

Points: 0

#13 by mehllageman56 // Jan 26, 2023 - 10:43pm

LaFleur is gone because 1) the offensive players hated him, and 2) the offensive players didn't produce under him. 

I feel bad for the defensive players.

Points: 2

#12 by KnotMe // Jan 26, 2023 - 4:05pm

I can see him being helpful in general.

Saleh: "So Hackett, what would do here."

Hackett: explains what he would do 

Saleh:"Ok, lets do the opposite of that."

Points: 1

#14 by JacqueShellacque // Jan 27, 2023 - 10:23am

Hackett's career as an NFL coach should've ended when he blew a 10 point 4th quarter lead in a conference championship game by refusing to burn clock, calling passes multiple times on both 1st and 2nd down and handing the ball back to Brady probably 2 or 3 more times than he otherwise would've had it. I believe that may have been documented here, back in the day.

Points: 0

#15 by bravehoptoad // Jan 28, 2023 - 10:08am

...because that's a situation where it's impossible he'd learn anything?

Points: 0

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