Nathaniel Hackett fired after 15 games

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After an embarrassing 51-14 Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the Denver Broncos fired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett.

To begin the season, Denver brought in the paring of Hackett and veteran quarterback Russell Wilson in hopes of becoming Super Bowl contenders. They did quite the opposite, with the offense struggling the entire season, causing the Broncos to hold a record of 4-11. Even with a losing record, Denver’s first-round pick will be held by the Seattle Seahawks due to the Wilson trade.

Before being hired by Denver, Nathaniel Hackett held the offensive coordinator job for the Green Bay Packers with great success as the play-caller for the Aaron Rodgers-led offense, where he won back-to-back MVPs.

Denver lost its season opener against the Seahawks, with Nathaniel Hackett’s decision-making coming into question in his debut soon after Hackett gave up his play-calling in hopes of giving the Broncos offense a spark. The offense continued to sputter, and the losses piled up, forcing Denver to pull the plug on their first-year head coach.

Denver named senior assistant Jerry Rosburg the interim head coach to close out the season as the front office will evaluate the roster and look for a new head coach for 2023.

One of the prime candidates to become the Broncos next head coach is veteran coach Sean Payton, who plans to return to the NFL after a one-year hiatus. He’d pair with Wilson, hoping to rejuvenate his career after a dreadful 2022 season to make a playoff push for the first time since winning Super Bowl 50 in 2015.

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