The New York Jets have hired former Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive coordinator.
Hackett, 43, was hired by Denver this past offseason to be the teams’ head coach. Hackett, however, was fired late in the season after producing a 4-12 record. Prior to his first head coaching stint with the Broncos, Hackett previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers from 2019-2021.
The Jets at one point were 5-2 and atop of the AFC East division. Rookie running back Breece Hall and the offense was rolling. In Week 7, Hall went down with a torn ACL, thus keeping him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Hall’s absence, and poor play from second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, ultimately led the Jets to finish the season with a 7-10 record.
Following the conclusion of the Jets’ season, the team and former offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur mutually parted ways.
The Jets now appear to be in the market for the quarterback position. Head Coach Robert Saleh has remained persistent about Wilson’s future with the team, but it would be best if both sides moved on.
Recent reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport claim the Packers may look to trade longtime quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the AFC. The Jets, who reside in the AFC East division, could attempt to pair Hackett with his former quarterback.
Rodgers, 39, recently signed a 3-year, $150 million contract. If he plays in the 2023 season, he has $59.465 million guaranteed. This carries a $31,623,570 cap hit for whichever team Rodgers plays for.
However, Hackett and Rodgers have had great success together. During their time in Green Bay, the Packers reached the NFC Championship for consecutive years in 2019 and 2020. Along with the team’s success, Rodgers secured two MVP awards with Hackett as his offensive coordinator.
Moreover, the Packers went 39-10 throughout the regular season during that three-year span.
As of now, this appears as the Jets hiring someone who has had much success as an offensive coordinator. But with Rodgers possibly on the trade block, expect Jets general manager Joe Douglas to make some calls to Green Bay.
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