AFC East Reporter
The New York Jets seem to be prioritizing experience with their new offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett. He replaces Mike LaFleur, who was let go earlier this offseason. The Denver Broncos fired Hackett during his first season as a head coach when the team was 4-11 in a year in which they expected to make the postseason.
Hackett will be in charge of creating competency in New York’s offense, with a focus on getting the passing attack into a more consistent place. Technically, the passing offense was better than the rushing offense — which is surprising considering how much the Jets seemed to emphasize their running backs to start the season. Still, New York finished with 219 passing yards per game (15th in NFL) and just 99 rushing yards per game (seventh-fewest).
The sum of the offensive parts: 17.4 points per game, fourth-worst in the NFL.
“It was important for us to hire an experienced guy — a guy who has put it together not just at one spot but at several spots,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Thursday after announcing Hackett’s hire. “We know we’re going to come in with a basically revamped offensive line, we’ve been talking about getting a veteran quarterback in here if we can, we’ve got a really good group of skill guys. So it was very important to us to look at [candidates] who have done it before.”
Recency bias might indicate that Hackett is a poor candidate. After all, his brief stint with the Broncos was an abject disaster. There’s no way around it. Even after investing money and draft assets in Russell Wilson, the Denver offense flopped under Hackett’s leadership.
But look at the offenses that Hackett coordinated in Green Bay in 2021 (10th in yards, 10th in scoring) and for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017, when Blake Bortles — of all quarterbacks — led the franchise to the AFC Championship Game. With that context, you’ll see a much more competent candidate. And it’s important to remember that some great…
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Publish date : 2023-01-26 20:36:47
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