The Denver Broncos have officially hired former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to be their next head coach.
The 42-year-old had stops in Tampa Bay, Buffalo, and Jacksonville before finding a niche with Matt LeFleur and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. He has been with the Packers since 2019.
Hackett has helped LeFleur lead the Packers to three straight 13-win seasons, and has called the plays for – barring anything unforeseen – two straight Aaron Rodgers MVP campaigns.
OFFICIAL: We’ve agreed to terms with Nathaniel Hackett to be our next head coach. ?
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 27, 2022
Speaking of Aaron Rodgers – could Denver be his next stop? With reports of Rodgers ready to find a new home in 2022, there has been an abundance of speculation that he could follow Hackett to Denver. Rodgers is quoted saying, “There’s nobody in the building that brings me more joy… than Nathaniel Hackett. I hope he doesn’t go anywhere… unless I do.”
According to BetOnline.ag, Denver is the clear-cut favorite to be Rodgers next landing spot. Here is the full list of odds:
Aaron Rodgers Next Team (If Not Packers)
Denver Broncos -125
Pittsburgh Steelers +600
Miami Dolphins +750
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +750
Tennessee Titans +800
Indianapolis Colts +1000
Las Vegas Raiders +1400
New York Giants +1600
Cleveland Browns +1600
Philadelphia Eagles +1800
Carolina Panthers +2000
Seattle Seahawks +2000
New Orleans Saints +2000
New York Jets +2500
I think Denver would be perfect for Aaron. Sure – it may be a gauntlet right now with several young quarterbacks to get through, and playing against Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Derek Carr for six games may not be ideal, but the Broncos are a “win now” team that was just a coach and quarterback away last season.
They have some pretty good weapons on offense. Jerry Jeudy, Cortland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Tim Patrick aren’t slouches, and if the reports are true that Rodgers wants to bring Davante Adams with him wherever he goes, that room could become lethal very quickly.
Report: Aaron Rodgers has “told people in confidence” he wants free agents Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling wherever he plays next season, per @TonyPauline
— JPA Football (@jpafootball) January 29, 2022
Broncos owner John Elway has not had success drafting quarterbacks (see: Paxton Lynch, Drew Lock, etc.). What he was done however was convince Peyton Manning to come to Denver after he was cut by the Colts. The Broncos went to two Super Bowls under Manning – winning one.
Could Elway do the same thing with Rodgers? Only time will tell. It would certainly help his legacy after giving up general manager duties. I think this is the obvious landing spot for Rodgers, and could even be worth laying (-150).
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