Denver Broncos Fire Nathaniel Hackett After Just 15 Games

DENVER, COLORADO - February 4, 2017 - Broncos sign upon entering Sports Authority Field (aka Mile High Stadium)

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The Nathaniel Hackett era is over before it could even really begin.

On Monday, December 26, the Denver Broncos announced that the head coach has been fired just 15 games into his tenure. The news comes just hours after the Broncos suffered an embarrassing 51-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Christmas Day.

The loss dropped the Broncos, who mortgaged their future in a trade for Russell Wilson, to a disappointing 4-11 on the season.

“Moving forward, we will carefully evaluate every aspect of our football operations and make whatever changes are necessary to restore this franchise’s winning tradition,” a statement from owner and CEO Greg Penner read.

“I will lead our head coaching search with support from our ownership group and George, whom I have confidence in as our general manager. As we begin the process of selecting our next head coach, we remain focused on playing competitive football to finish the season on a positive note.”

The 43-year-old Hackett was hired by the Broncos in January after a successful run as offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.

Unfortunately, he never found that success in Denver.

The team was hoping that Hackett could bring some of the magic he had with Aaron Rodgers to Mile High with Russell Wilson, but Wilson has been a shell of himself in 2022 and his disastrous campaign has led to only 12 touchdowns in 13 games.

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