Is Nathaniel Hackett one of the worst NFL head coaches ever?

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

I say this with a completely serious face. Is it genuinely possible that Nathaniel Hackett is simply one of the worst head coaches in NFL history?  What has happened under his administration is something that I think other staffs would have to try to achieve.

The Denver Broncos are embarrassingly bad.  Their offense is the worst in the NFL given the personnel.  The team is also on pace to be historically bad in terms of penalties and penalty yards.  Furthermore, the team is easily one of the most injured in the NFL, which could be attributed to the kind of schedule that Hackett and his team developed when he was first hired.

There are so many things wrong with the Denver Broncos, and teams with much less talent are either doing as much or more than Denver is.  I ask this with all seriousness; could he be one of the worst, if not the worst head coach in NFL history?

According to Rich Cimini, there have been only four coaches since the 1970 merger to not finish their first season as head coach.  The most recent example was Urban Meyer last year with the Jaguars.

George Paton may not pull the trigger now, because when someone should be fired is a subjective thought, but to me, it’s objective.  Nathaniel Hackett has done absolutely nothing this season to indicate that he should remain as the head coach.

The Denver Broncos are a storied franchise and are one of the most successful that the NFL has.  They’ve typically always been well-run, especially under the ownership of Mr. B.  This week for the Broncos felt like a final dagger in the heart.

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It felt especially bad considering the team was just on their bye week, and I do think there’s an argument to be made that this could have been the worst performance of the season.