The New York Jets are bringing in Nathaniel Hackett to interview for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Per Dianni Russini of ESPN, as of this morning, the Jets were meeting with Hackett.
Hackett is well-known for what transpired during his tumultuous 15-game tenure as the Denver Broncos’ head coach in 2022. From there, the work he did as the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator for three years (2019-21), working alongside Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers.
Hackett is still a young coach who just turned 43 years old last month and has quality experience. He started his coaching career in college in 2003. Over his 20 years as a coach, Hackett has spent 14 of those seasons in the NFL. Of those 14 years in the NFL, Hackett had been an offensive coordinator for eight years with three different teams.
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The last year as a first-time head coach could not be a bigger disaster for Hackett, going 4-11. His offense ranked 21st in the NFL (325.1 yards per game). However, some coaches are just meant to be coordinators only, which could be the case with Hackett.
His most notable work was done in 2017 with the Jaguars, when he had their offense rank sixth in football, averaging 365.9 yards per game, helping them reach the AFC Championship game. He was also a part of the Packers’ top-five offense in 2020 and top-10 unit in 2021.
There is a relationship already between Robert Saleh and Hackett. They spent two years (2015-16) together in Jacksonville.
The final point worth noting is the connection some, if not all, will draw. The potential that the hiring of Hackett could lure Aaron Rodgers to the Jets. Rodgers has spoken adamantly about the respect that he has for Hackett, even recently after the Broncos fired him.