One of the bigger surprises through the first two weeks of the NFL season has been the performance of the Denver Broncos. Denver came into the season with Super Bowl aspirations after adding Russell Wilson as their starting quarterback, but things have been a struggle for the team thus far.
The offense has been inconsistent, to put it mildly, during their 1-1 start. They have gone 0fer on converting at the one-yard line, which ultimately cost them the game in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and continued into their Week 2 matchup with the Houston Texans.
A lot of the blame thus far has been placed on new head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett was hired away from the Green Bay Packers, where he spent three seasons as their offensive coordinator.
He has done nothing to instill confidence in people that he is the man for the job and capable of getting this team to the heights they believe they are capable of achieving. ESPN analyst Damien Woody ripped into Hackett during a recent episode of “Get Up”.
Woody believes that Hackett is in way over his head as a head coach and that he doesn’t know what he is doing. The 64-yard field goal attempt at the end of the game against the Seahawks was one of the things he pointed out as a confusing decision.
Selecting Hackett as head coach felt like a move that was done to entice Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams to head to the Mile High City. When those moves fell through, the Broncos were stuck with a new head coach that may not have been the most qualified interviewee.
Denver traded a lot of assets and paid Wilson a ton of money to help lead this team. With an underwhelming performance thus far from the coaching staff, Woody is correct in saying that he needs to take more control when out on the field.
There isn’t another head coach in the league with a player making as much money as Wilson that wouldn’t put the ball in his hands in crunch time. Surrounded by some excellent skill position players, Denver should be finding much more success than they have thus far.