The Denver Broncos face a coaching issue.
In the eyes of many, Nathaniel Hackett and the Broncos have underperformed dramatically for the first seven weeks of the NFL season. The team has an unflattering 2-5 start with Hackett at the helm, and due to the shortcomings, Hackett could be coaching for work this Sunday, according to ESPN.
“He could be out of a job if he doesn’t beat the Jaguars,” Colin Cowherd reiterated on “The Herd” on Wednesday.
For Cowherd, sticking with new head coaches is exactly what NFL front offices should be doing in today’s era of football.
“In Week 1, you and I sat there and watched Russell Wilson return to Seattle. You knew, and I knew, he didn’t know what he was doing,” Cowherd said. “He’s not a head coach. He’s a coordinator. They literally had to hire someone – in week 2 or 3 – to do clock management. I mean, how many coaches do you need to hire to solve his problems?
“Russell Wilson hasn’t been washed… It’s coaching. I’m not saying Russ isn’t responsible. His deep ball isn’t that accurate… I get the rent, but don’t double the wrong thing. Turn it around quickly.” I watched Denver this season. I looked offensively at their NFL rankings. Not only are they bad, they are last in everything.”
Nick Wright called the idea of firing Hackett “terrible” on this point.
“I said after the second game that I would consider firing him,” Wright admitted in “First Things First.”
“The first game we saw the most inexplicable coaching decision I’ve ever seen. The second game was worse… it was unbelievable. I think people expect me to be like ‘yeah of course if you lose on Sunday you have to fire him ‘ .’
“I actually think it’s a terrible idea to fire him at any time this season. I don’t think there is going to be a turnaround for the team. First, I don’t know who the new head coach would be. Dom Capers… is the only person on the staff with any coaching experience…so they don’t have a clear head coach. They have a relentless schedule…there is no turning back.”
Wright went on to explain that Wilson’s slow start is another reason not to leave Hackett after Sunday.
“Here’s why I wouldn’t fire him until the end of the year: Their only hope in Denver is to get Sean Payton, or the next big offensive ghost. Once you get past Nathaniel Hackett, Mr. Unlimited still looks always out as Mr. Incredibly limited, and you don’t have the built-in excuse of “Russ is fine”…what if they fire him, and Russ is terrible for the next two months? Sean Payton takes that job? No, that “Isn’t he. Offensive Spirit wants that job with six more years and a few hundred million on Russ’ contract? No. They need Hackett to be there as the fall guy for the inevitable horrendous season that Russ is in the midst of.”
Broncos HC is in the hot seat vs. Jags in week 8
Nick Wright explains why it would be a bad idea to fire Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett at some point in the season.
Chris Broussard saw no reason not to relieve Hackett of his duties if Denver loses.
“If they lose, why not?” he asked in reply to Wright. “He will be fired sooner or later. We all know this, and I admit that Russ has not helped him, but we know he will be fired after this game, later in the season or after the season. Now she would give them a shot this season. Who thought Rich Bisaccia would flip the Raiders last year? I’m not saying you’re counting on the assistant being promoted to flip them, but who knows?”
The Broncos will take on the Jaguars in London at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
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