The five most important people in the Broncos organization
3. Nathaniel Hackett, HC
After trying and failing with two straight defensive coaches, the Denver Broncos followed the trend and hired a young, offensive-minded head coach. Hackett hasn’t coached a regular season game yet, but it’s clear that what he brings is what Denver was lacking for years.
He brings an intense energy, a palpable passion for football, and is now a partner in crime with Russell Wilson. Wilson has never had an offensive-minded head coach in his career, and it’s likely that the marriage of Hackett and Wilson ends up being moderately successful, at least.
Hackett may end up not being the greatest head coach, but I think we’ll begin to see why his voice and perspective are so important to the team. The change in culture that Hackett brought was something that the Denver Broncos so desperately needed.
He’s been a breath of fresh air, and for some of the more veteran players, he breaks a trend that Denver struggled with for five seasons after Peyton Manning retired. Gone are the days that teams hire older, defensive head coaches.