Week two will be a huge test for Broncos’ HC Nathaniel Hackett

Denver Broncos, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos will have an opportunity to have a bounceback game in week two, but it’s going to end up being a huge test for Nathaniel Hackett.  The Broncos’ week one loss in Seattle was nothing short of devastating.  The self-inflicted wounds and poor clock management proved to be the downfall of the team.

With that said, they only lost by one point and there were many positives to take away from this game, even with a loss. Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton played well.  Russell Wilson was efficient and the running backs were able to get some chunk yardage.

The defense also made some second-half adjustments and essentially shut Seattle down.  The issues that need fixing, though, are obvious and urgent.  Being called for 12 penalties and committing two horrible fumbles at the goal line should be correctable mistakes.

What makes teams in the NFL good, or any professional sport for that matter, is being able to correct mistakes made in previous games.  It’s simple to understand.  Good teams fix what they didn’t do well for the next game, and the one after that, and the one after that.

Denver Broncos will need Nathaniel Hackett and the staff to bounce back in Week 2

Coaching is the most important aspect of a team, in my opinion, so fixing these issues starts and ends with them.  Even though Nathaniel Hackett hired a very new coaching staff, even a blind squirrel could see what needs to be corrected for the Broncos.

Sure, they may have a short week, but they also appear to have a weaker opponent in the Houston Texans for their next game, and it’s their home opener.  This Sunday presents a great opportunity for the team to play a much cleaner game.  Committing just half of the penalties they committed would likely have led to a win, and even fumbling just one less time would have yielded the same results.

The Broncos don’t have to play a clean game by any means, but they do need to fix some very correctable mistakes.  Nathaniel Hackett has proven to be an outspoken, high-energy coach who seems to already be well-liked by many.  None of that matters if he cannot guide his team through the various trials of the season.

An example I can use for this is teachers.  Some teachers that we could have had growing up were the cool and fun teachers.  They were largely liked by most of the students, but perhaps their effectiveness as a teacher was in question.

The flip side of this, in my opinion, is the cool, fun teacher who is also very effective in their classroom.  I hope Nathaniel Hackett doesn’t just turn into that cool, fun teacher.  The effectiveness needs to be there, and he’s got his first major exam coming up on Sunday.