Broncos fire Nathaniel Hackett: Freshman coach fired after ugly Christmas Day loss

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The Denver Broncos fired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday. A league source said CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson that the Broncos were trying to “blow up”. This process apparently begins with Hackett’s separation.

This move comes after the Broncos were embarrassed by the Los Angeles Rams at Christmas, 51-14. Russell Wilson threw three interceptions, while Denver’s defense failed to force a single Rams punt. There was also a skirmish on the Broncos sideline during the game, and then pass rusher Randy Gregory came out to slap Rams offensive guard Oday Aboushi after the final whistle. Sunday was an unmitigated disaster for Denver and the final nail in Coach Hackett’s coffin.

by ESPN, Broncos senior assistant Jerry Rosburg 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 a special teams coordinator for a few other NFL teams in the past.

Hackett went 4-11 in his 15 games as head coach of the Broncos. Broncos Owner and CEO Greg Penner released this statement announcing the decision.

“On behalf of our ownership and 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 determined that a new direction would be in the interests of the Broncos. This change has been made now out of respect for all involved and allows us to immediately begin the search for a new head coach.

“We recognize and appreciate the championship history of this organization and understand that we have not reached that standard. Our fans deserve so much more and I cannot say enough about their loyalty during such a challenging time for our team.

“Going forward, we will carefully evaluate all aspects of our football operations and make the necessary changes to restore this franchise’s winning tradition.

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

By CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina AndersonSome early names in discussion for the Broncos head coaching job are Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, passing Miami Dolphins game coordinator Darrell Bevell, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, former New Orleans head coach Saints Sean Payton, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.

The Broncos were the NFL’s biggest disappointment this season. Despite the hiring of the colorful former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator and the addition of Wilson, the Broncos struggled out of the starting gates and things never got better.

Denver’s disappointments began in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, where Wilson fell to his former primetime team. Down a point with just seconds left in the fourth quarter, Hackett pulled his newly extended quarterback, the Broncos giving up two first and two second round picks, plus three players out of bounds with the game on the line in fourth and second. . 5, opting to attempt a field goal that would have made history at Lumen Field rather than. Later, Hackett admitted that he made the wrong choice, but decision-making questions followed him the following week.

Hackett’s first career win against the Houston Texans could not be built on as fourth-down problems again plagued the Broncos. During one specific instance in enemy territory, the offense accidentally ran out the game clock on fourth and short, which knocked the Broncos out of field goal range. It was Denver’s home opener, and the fans were jokingly timing the game in an attempt to help the offense.

Even in Denver’s second victory of the season against the San Francisco 49ers, the offense was booed mercilessly. The Broncos then lost to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Indianapolis Colts without Jonathan Taylor at home in overtime, the Los Angeles Chargers in another overtime game, and then the New York Jets at home. Denver got a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, but then went on a five-game losing streak. Hackett’s final victory as head coach came against the Arizona Cardinals in a battle of reserve quarterbacks in Week 15.

We don’t see first-year coaches fired very often, but it actually happens🇧🇷 Last year, Urban Meyer lost the Jaguars coaching job midway through the season due to issues that had nothing to do with on-field play, but the Texans also released David Culley – a move that proved controversial after he overcame despite the 4-13 record. The last freshman coach to be fired before last season was Steve Wilks of the Cardinals in 2018.