A popular choice: Nathaniel Hackett, who pretty much every citizen of Broncos Country sees as a dead head coach walking. Indeed, speculation about whether Hackett should get the sack has already become secondary to when it will happen (a loss next Sunday to the Las Vegas Raiders and Josh McDaniels, previously the worst coach in Denver history, is a popular prediction) and who should replace him (the top choice appears to be ex-New Orleans Saints offensive mastermind Sean Payton, currently commentating for Fox Sports).
If any Hackett apologists existed, which is debatable, they'd have no shortage of excuses for the Broncos' putrid performance thus far, including the number of injuries the squad has sustained — a situation that grew worse on Sunday after wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and offensive lineman Billy Turner came up gimpy. But there are no rationalizations for his utter inability to make the most of high-dollar acquisition Russell Wilson. Despite having an extra week to figure out how to fix Denver's problems owing to a bye, Hackett continued to employ the same utterly predictable formula, asking Wilson to drop straight back rather than roll out and try to complete low percentage chunk plays — a panicky strategy that worked once (by way of a 66-yard touchdown strike to rookie Jalen Virgil) but generally forced the unit into third-and-long situations that allowed the Titans pass rushers to tee off. Wilson was sacked six times during the contest and harried countless others.
Yes, the defense committed an inexcusable sin, allowing Tennessee to score a late first-half touchdown to trim Denver's lead to 10-7. For the most part, though, defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero has worked marvels with his charges; they held human wrecking ball Derrick Henry to just 53 yards on nineteen carries and forced ex-CSU punter Ryan Stonehouse to kick the ball back to the Broncos eight times. But the closest Denver came to capitalizing was a late drive that ended with Wilson throwing a soul-crushing interception.
"For me, it's about accountability," Hackett said afterward. And Broncos loyalists on Twitter definitely agree.
Continue to count down the ways they hold Hackett responsible for the catastrophic 2022-2023 campaign to date, and what they'd like to happen next.
Fire Hackett immediately and begin looking for a coach that can help Wilson find his mojo. Then pray Wilson still has his mojo. Broncos will know by game 2 of next season if this was one of the worst deals of all time.— DG (@dgtimeisup) November 14, 2022
Hackett definitely gone at the end of the season. I know I was an ass for calling for him to be fired after game 1, but at this point I think I am justified in my thinking. @Broncos I’m ride or die for life. Period. But it’s time. Make the call. It’s time.— Mr Orange (@Mrorange303) November 14, 2022
Ejiro Evero is doing an unbelievable job, the defense is playing amazing, the game plans are genius. Hackett’s Offense is heavily penalised, doesn’t adjust and is worst in the league. Make a change, bring in Gary Kubiak til the seasons end. He led us to SB50! #BroncosCountry— 🇬🇧 Orange Crush 🇺🇸 (@74broncos) November 14, 2022
I’m Ride N Die Broncos Fans Always Will I Think Something Gotta Change Hackett Gotta Go We Got Talented Roster We Should Be At 7-2 RN Right Behind The Chiefs Hackett Is Pat Shurmur 2.0 Hackett Is Not Fit Be A HC George Paton or The Owners Gotta Make A Change RN This Is Bad— Darius Wilkins (@BestKidWilkins) November 14, 2022
I still have McDaniels a slight edge over hackett for worst broncos coach ever. His raiders resume is locking it down imo.— Kornackis Khakis 🇺🇦(@BeachDreamer311) November 14, 2022
But the season isn't over yet, one of them will make a really stupid push to lock it down.#FireHackett
And fire his staff too.
A Jeff Saturday and Matt Ryan led Colts just put 25 points up in the W against the Raiders. If Hackett can't match or better that on Sunday he should be fired off of the face of the earth. #BroncosCountry— Ginger Swede (@BroncosGent) November 14, 2022
Don’t agree, I’d take Surtain over Fields. IMO, Paton’s biggest mistakes: Hiring Hackett, especially to get Rodgers, was hoping for O’Connell. Giving up too much for Wilson, but worst mistake paying him before he took a snap. The #Broncos have been set back.— COSportsFan (@COSports1) November 14, 2022
Feeling like Nathaniel Hackett shouldn’t be coaching this team next season.— Noah (@OleBrotherNoah) November 14, 2022
Broncos need to lose so they can hasten the termination of a one Nathaniel Hackjob Hackett— Broncos_on_3 (@Broncos_1and10) November 14, 2022
@Broncos are an embarrassment. In every single way. Hackett seems like a great guy, but he’s an absolutely putrid head coach and leader— Marc (@Marc100Prcnt) November 14, 2022
Walton family didn’t become billionaires by waiting. They will clean house. Next GM of the Denver Broncos will be Peyton Manning. Don’t think Paton can save his job. Walton’s don’t spend five billion dollars without installing their own people. Firing Hackett won’t save his job— mayor of Denver (@krs8261) November 14, 2022
Can you please #FireHackett for an early Christmas present to #Broncos fans. We all need to see if Wilson is this bad or if it’s simply that Hackett is the worst #nfl coach of all time. I think #RussellWilson is still good, Hackett would have the Chiefs at a 3-6 record.— Anthony Rizzuto (@Heyzeus_krist) November 14, 2022
I said this on another post but if the colts can fire their coach and hire Jeff Saturday the same day why can’t the broncos fire Hackett and have Sean Payton in the building tomorrow morning?— Mike Wilson (@Reaplays9) November 14, 2022
FIRE HACKETT, FIRE HACKETT, FIRE HACKETT, FIRE HACKETT, FIRE HACKETT, FIRE HACKETT!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!— blankpagesdotcomm (@dnvrbronx13) November 14, 2022
Can we trade Hackett to the Raiders as co-coach with McDaniels for their waterboy. With those to coaching there is no way Broncos could lose. They both would find a way to lose.— Wayne King (@WayneKi63718399) November 14, 2022
Hackett appears to be the only coach who CAN’T beat the Raiders. Sooo…how bad do the Broncos lose to the Raiders???— Jason Mowry (@jmowry11) November 14, 2022