Nathaniel Hackett never had a chance.
In the aftermath of the Denver Broncos’ unacceptable 51-14 blowout defeat to the Los Angeles Rams on national television, the team decided to send Hackett on his way when they fired him in the midst of this dreadful season. The Broncos fired Hackett on Monday morning.
Russell Wilson continues to inexplicably look about as washed up as you could imagine, but he was never supposed to be the guy in Denver, at least according to a former NFL QB.
Speaking on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, former NFL QB Ryan Leaf said he believes the team only hired Hackett to get him to lure Aaron Rodgers there last offseason. When that did not happen, his coaching career was over before it could begin.
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“Nathaniel Hackett was always going to be out, I do believe, with the way the season went,” Leaf said. “I do believe that he was naturally put into place in some way, shape or form to lure Aaron Rodgers to Denver.
“When that didn’t play out, they didn’t fully understand what the difference was between what Russell Wilson does, and what Nathaniel Hackett does.
“I asked a buddy of mine who works in the media in Denver at halftime of (last week’s) game if he makes it through the season, and he said, ‘zero percent chance.’”
Wilson has been beyond awful as he has tossed for 3,019 yards and 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He also has the worst completion percentage of his career. Whether or not Wilson can recover his lost mojo will drive how the Broncos’ front office pursues a successor for Hackett.
The new head coach has a ton of work on his hands.
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