Denver Broncos have a training problem with Nathaniel Hackett


Denver Broncos have a training problem. Time will tell if they can fix it. Or perhaps more than that, how much time will be devoted to doing this.

Since then, rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett has come under heavy criticism Losing the first week in Seattle It has already brought in a long-time special teams coach To help him run the game. He also oversaw an offense that was horrific, not particularly resilient and deeply troubling in the red. Hackett and his staff have inherited the Denver front office system New owner Rob Waltonthe billionaire boasted was Approval of an agreement of 245 million dollars With quarterback Russell Wilson, who was he got it Denver general manager George Patton is in the offseason before Walton takes over.

Suffice it to say, Wilson is not exempt from blame for Denver’s offensive struggles. But everything Ross and Hackett prepared was so abhorrent that it prompted already frustrated fans – who had been booing Hackett – to leave in droves with the Colts’ eventual defeat last Thursday. This kind of image tends to resonate deeply with someone who gave away $4.65 billion for a stellar franchise before. Wilson, of course, is not going anywhere, which has led to plenty of chatter around the league about how patient this new ownership group is — or should Be – with a product that was well below professional grade.

Conversations with executives, evaluators and coaches who have watched the Broncos closely paint a bleak picture of their day-to-day operations, offensive plans and identity, with problems so prevalent that observers wonder if a largely unproven staff could correct it. Several have suggested the need to at least bring in other outside consultants to try to make more immediate gains, and fair or not, Hackett’s ability to survive his first season in the job is under discussion at other team headquarters and around the league.

“I hate to say it, because only six weeks is,” said an NFL GM who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to speak publicly about another team’s front office decisions. [Paton] He needs to start separating himself from the coach. I love George very much, and this is my advice to him. Keep trying [Hackett] Help, if he’s going to take it, but you may also have to be willing to admit it was a mistake much sooner than you ever imagined. This owner did not employ either of them. You have to be careful how hard you struggle to prove that this can work, because it has been a disaster so far. And if you are not careful, you will also be fired.”

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Another longtime executive, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity due to similar restrictions and who also monitored the Broncos closely, said: “Unless something changes quickly, I don’t think it goes through the year. It looks too big for him. Sounds too fast for him. Him. The appeal of playing in the red has been horrible. I don’t see enough tweaks being made.”

Questions abound about this offense, but some outside evaluators are baffled that Wilson isn’t being put into more RPO situations or option readings, to better integrate his legs into the offense. (However, another executive—who had the trading weight in favor of Wilson in this off-season—suggested that Wilson’s days as a serious runner were over.) Others questioned why the Broncos didn’t use more movement to try to create favorable rivalries; Denver is 25 on its app, according to TruMedia. Somehow, the Bronco has only three landings in 14 flights into the red, with a success rate of 21.4 percent; The next worst team is Seattle with 38.5 percent, while the NFL averages 57 percent.

“Some of that in the middle, sure,” said the rival general manager, “but they don’t seem to have a lot of ideas when the playing field narrows, and I don’t think they have the right people in that building right now to fix it.”

Many have questioned the composition of Hackett’s crew, which lacks experienced offensive coaches or as many proven coordinators and former head coaches as the other junior coaches’ staff, apart from defensive-minded former coach Dom Capers, a senior defensive assistant. (Hence, Special Teams assistant Jerry Rosberg was sent in last month.) Some have suggested that Hackett could abstract himself from participating in contact with the game in an effort to arrange his overall operation further.

Can anyone, peace be upon you, Mary, to help install the ship if necessary? Gary Kubiak.

The beloved former Denver quarterback won the Super Bowl by coaching the Broncos. His son, Clint, is on Hackett’s crew as a quarterback coach. Gary and Klint both recently worked together on the Minnesota Vikings before Gary retired, and she couldn’t find a steadier hand. Perhaps Gary Kubik could join Denver as advisor, or perhaps, as interim head coach, with a farewell looming at the end of the month after games against the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars (in London). The beleaguered fan base will likely be on board with the hero’s return.

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The Charger survived last week’s Cleveland Browns despite another overly aggressive call from coach Brandon Staley, which veered, and despite Staley’s defense being ripped apart once again. (The unit ranks 27th in expected added points, according to TruMedia.)

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Los Angeles has once again been hit, but when this roster is kept in top health, and the frugal property group made a major off-season financial commitment. And that’s before star Justin Herbert becomes eligible for a contract extension in January. Which is a roundabout way of saying, if sophomore year with Staley doesn’t deliver an acceptable result, owner Dean Spanos can pick potential replacements – including former Super Bowl winner and longtime offensive mentor Sean Payton.

“This is the job I think Sean really wants,” said an NFL executive who has worked with Payton in the past. “Spanos don’t like paying their coaches, but once your quarterback starts making $50 million a year, you get really cheap about your head coach? Sean loves living in Southern California. You have Herbert and some other chip players. That fits.”

Washington’s next dilemma

There are a lot of sick people who escaped Thursday night with the leaders of Washington Ugly win over the Chicago BearsOne executive I encountered this year mentioned another looming issue.

Candice Buckner: Leaders can reformulate whatever they want. Dysfunction is their true identity.

The franchise has put a lot of capital in the defensive line, with little reward in terms of post-season wins (not to mention regular season glory) to this point. Investment comes at a cost. We often think of the windows of the NFL during the quarterback’s tenure, but with so many better picks in one center group – including some who have already left – What are the odds of them staying together?

“That’s a very good defensive line, but where will they be a year from now, two years from now?” said the CEO, who is subject to similar restrictions on discussing other organizations. Not all of them will sign the extensions. This is almost impossible. Some will want to get into the market.

“You can’t get them all done, even if you really want to,” he said. “So now you’re using corporate picks to help fill in those gaps, and to do it years later without tackling the other spot groups at the top of the draft because of taking a lot of defensive guys. Look at San Francisco. They did, and they made it to the Super Bowl, but Until they decided to trade [tackle DeForest] Buckner when it’s time to get $20 million [a year]. Where will that leave Washington? “

Perhaps in football purgatory at best. Unfortunately, this is nothing new in Washington.


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