George Paton gives vote of confidence to Nathaniel Hackett

Denver Broncos, George Paton, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, George Paton, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Will he or won’t he be fired by the Denver Broncos? That ultimately has been the big question for head coach Nathaniel Hackett over the last couple of weeks. Despite us only being in Week 8 of the 2022 season, Broncos fans are very unhappy with the way things have gone this season.

It makes sense, given the team has a future Hall of Fame quarterback leading the way. Though, things have not gone exactly the way anyone had planned on and off the field. Yeah, Russell Wilson has taken hospital visits in the Denver community, but unfortunately, that sort of thing gets overlooked by many due to the poor on-field product of this team. Who’s to blame?

There is not just one single person to blame for the entirety of the 2022 product. Several things have gone wrong. At the end of the day, it all leads back to the head coach. Many people believe that Hackett, who is in London to coach against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, could be fired during the team’s bye week. If that happens, it seems like defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero would take over in an interim position.

Could the Denver Broncos keep Nathaniel Hackett despite the chaos?

It certainly is possible that the Broncos throw Broncos Country a curveball and keep Nathaniel Hackett for a Year 2, citing the fact that it’s tough to go anywhere if you’re switching head coaches every year.

On Thursday, Paton spoke about Hackett and ultimately defended him. He gave Hackett a vote of confidence.

Well, that can be viewed as either a vote of confidence or excuses. Sure, the pressure can be really high at certain times in the season, but I feel as if the head coach should be able to overcome the pressure and be able to lead the team to victories.

I will say that the decision-making has appeared to be quite a bit better since hiring Jerry Rosburg to oversee on-field statistics for different scenarios. But we just are not winning games and that’s what it boils down to.

See, in the NFL, players, coaches, and general managers say things all the time and then have the luxury of changing their tune. That very well could be the case if the Broncos lose on Sunday. Check out Travis Wakeman’s idea for an interim coaching staff if Hackett is let go mid-season.

Sadly, until this team starts winning on a consistent basis again, we’re back to talking about this rough part of the NFL, and sports in general.