Broncos head coach candidate: Nathaniel Hackett’s busy Saturday starts by meeting with Broncos


A day after the Broncos interviewed Aaron Rodgers’ quarterbacks coach, they screened Rodgers’ offensive coordinator.

Nathaniel Hackett became the third head-coaching candidate to meet with Broncos general manager George Paton and his committee of team executives, following Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn (Thursday) and Packers quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Luke Getsy (Friday).

The Broncos announced around 11 a.m. Saturday they had completed their interview with Hackett, who has also met with Jacksonville and was scheduled to meet with Chicago after the Broncos.

The Broncos’ traveling party was expected to fly back to Denver to plot their next moves that are dependent on the availability of the eight remaining candidates they have requested to interview.

Hackett spoke openly to the Wisconsin media Thursday about interviewing for his first head-coaching job.

“You’re always taking notes and you’re trying to figure out all the different things you’ve done throughout your career and try to get all those notes together and decide how you want to run a program,” he said. “It’s really about organizing your thoughts. You never know what they’re going to ask you and you understand you have to be yourself and speak from the heart.

“It’s not as much X’s and O’s as people would think. It’s more about the person you are, how you would lead the team, how you would handle the team.”

Hackett, 42, would bring six years of play-calling experience, including four in the NFL with Buffalo and Jacksonville, to the Broncos.

Hackett’s career reached a crossroads on Jan. 4, 2010, when he was fired along with several other Buffalo coaches. He had been coaching for seven years but had not reached the level of position coach, much less coordinator, and wondered if it was time to put the playbooks away and start using his neurobiology degree.

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“I was so shocked about how football was going,” Hackett said during a November 2016 interview with The Florida Times-Union. “I had been a quality control guy for so long and it wasn’t fun like I thought it would be.”

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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