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There’s already ‘chatter’ about Broncos firing Nathaniel Hackett

Matt Rhule already grew to become the primary NFL coach to be fired this season when the Panthers parted methods with him simply 5 video games into the season. Could the Broncos’ Nathaniel Hackett be subsequent?

There has reportedly been “chatter” across the league that the first-year head coach’s job could possibly be on the road when Denver performs the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

Though Graziano stated he doesn’t totally purchase that, he did observe that issues are “fragile” and “sticky” in Denver for Hackett, with the Broncos having bumbled their option to a 2-5 begin with one of many worst offenses within the league regardless of the acquisition of quarterback Russell Wilson, who rapidly received a $245 million contract extension. Denver’s offense ranks lifeless final within the league with a paltry 14.3 factors per recreation and is the worst within the NFL within the purple zone, scoring a landing simply 23.5 p.c of the time.

The Broncos are just 2-5 under Nathaniel Hackett in his first year as head coach.
The Broncos are simply 2-5 underneath Nathaniel Hackett in his first year as head coach.
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The Broncos have scored greater than 16 factors in a recreation simply as soon as this season — that they had 23 in a dropping effort towards the Raiders — and had been so dangerous at clock administration in a Week 1 loss to Seattle, they employed an assistant to assist with that side of the sport.

The outcomes nonetheless haven’t materialized.

Wilson has performed his half, throwing solely 5 landing passes, with three interceptions and a QBR of simply 35.2, fourth-worst within the league behind solely Carson Wentz, Joe Flacco and Baker Mayfield. He was additionally sidelined with a hamstring damage in Denver’s loss to the Jets final week, although is predicted to start out towards the Jaguars on Sunday.

Russell Wilson is expected to start for the Broncos on Sunday against the Jaguars.
Russell Wilson is predicted to start out for the Broncos on Sunday towards the Jaguars.
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The loss was the Broncos’ fourth in a row, regardless of having one of many league’s higher defenses, which ranks fourth in sacks and fourth in passing yards allowed.

Hackett, a longtime assistant whom many seen as an offensive guru, is in his first year as a head coach at any degree after coming over from Green Bay within the offseason. But his keep in Denver already has the makings of a brief one.

“Unless something changes quickly, I don’t think he gets through the year. It looks too big for him. It looks too fast for him,” a longtime personnel executive told the Washington Post recently. “The red-zone play-calling has been awful. I don’t see enough adjustments being made.”

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