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Some individuals just aren’t cut out to be coaches. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a great position coordinator or coach. The big seat becomes a tall order for many.

The way a team reacts under the supervision of a new manager is always indicative. The 2-4 Denver Broncos are currently ranked among the worst teams in the league at the start of Nathaniel Hackett’s tenure.

They play unruly football. They are bad in stages. The franchise’s nearly quarter-billion-dollar quarterback fails to establish any kind of pace or consistency whatsoever.

Much must have gone through the mind of new owner Rob Walton, who set a North American sports record by buying the Broncos for $ 4.65 billion. However, Walton wasn’t the driving force behind Hackett’s hiring.

The sale of the organization to the current ownership group was not official until August. A terribly 19-16 loss to rivals Los Angeles Chargers on Monday should make Walton wonder if anyone else is better for the job.

No indications have been provided that Hackett can manage his current position.

A truly great leader of an NFL franchise is more than someone with in-depth knowledge of X and Os. The best are CEOs, who know how to handle people and situations. They can delegate while they let the locker room into their vision. No magic words will turn a trainer, who is over his head, into a hired superhero.

Maybe Hackett just needs time. But time is precious in the NFL. Coaches are getting less and less time to build a schedule. Professional football carries a winning mindset that constantly harks back to Jerry Glanville’s prophetic words, “This is the NFL, which stands for Not For Long …”

“This is very disappointing,” Hackett told reporters after his team’s third consecutive defeat. “We need to have a lot more urgency across the board. It starts with me.”

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Russell Wilson No.  3 of the Denver Broncos is fired by Khalil Mack #  52 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on October 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

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Yes, it does. The locker room may already turn on the bus. Frustration tends to boil, especially after consecutive defeats at overtime. As a result, some comments may become exaggerated. But the open discussion about the lack of leadership points directly to the coach, whether it is intentional or not.

“I don’t know … It starts with leadership”, security Justin Simmons She said when asked what went wrong during the Broncos’ first six games.

The defensive back elaborate“It starts with leadership from a defensive point of view, offensive, special teams. Something obviously is wrong. And we have to find a way to fix it … We can’t keep doing the same things … and think that things will change “.

The manager’s job is to identify those areas of interest, make the necessary changes and enable his players to be successful.

Currently, Denver scores fewer points per game (15.2) than any other team. A struggling unit trying to find his location is one thing. An undisciplined team with as many mental errors and failed plays as the Broncos is something completely different.

Talent can be found on the roster, particularly in defense.

Simmons, Patrick Surtain II, Bradley Chubb and Baron Browning are excellent football players. Each is a potential long-term building block. The offense has potential with more weapons in passing play and returns to pass the ball, even without Javonte Williams in training after suffering a ripped ACL at the end of the season. Yet Melvin Gordon III was nowhere to be found during most of Monday’s race as the staff decided that Latavius ​​Murray provided the Broncos with a better starting option.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Montrell Washington (12) loses a Los Angeles Chargers punt during the second half of an NFL football game on Monday October 17, 2022, in Inglewood, California.  The Chargers have recovered the ball.  (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

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Mistakes and bad decisions pile up with each passing week.

In Hackett’s debut as head coach / attacking player, he struggled to get plays on time and to make solid situational football decisions. As a result, Broncos fans responded with the stopwatch countdown in week 2. Prior to week 3, Denver hired Jerry Rosburg to serve as senior assistant and help the head coach with game management.

The Broncos squeaked from the San Francisco 49ers before starting their current three-game losing slip. In Denver’s latest effort, the team’s 151-yard penalty during a Monday Night Football match is the highest since stats started being tracked in 2000, for Atletico.

Former football operations president and current consultant John Elway has experienced a similar situation before. Elway hired Vance Joseph as the Broncos head coach in 2017 and nearly fired him after a season. But Elway allowed Joseph to coach a second season before regretting the decision.

“I spoke to [Vance Joseph] before the trial a couple of years ago, and I knew him, and walking in, I got the idea that he was our boyfriend. I admit. I was wrong about that, “Elway told NBC Sports’ Peter King.” I don’t like saying it out loud because I don’t want to offend VJ, who is a good football manager. But things didn’t work out. “

If the new owner asks him what he would do with Hackett, Elway can look at his experience and suggest that the team go in a different direction.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 02: Football Operations President John Elway of the Denver Broncos looks on during the warm-up before the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy / Getty Images)

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At the time, Elway added: “The other thing I’ve learned is that the bottom line in this championship is to win. Forget anything else. You want to do things right and we work on everything else. That’s a lot. hard to do year after year unless you find a franchise quarterback. “

Well, Wilson is the person the franchise has been looking for since Peyton Manning retired. The financial realities of his contract mean he is the starting quarterback for at least the 2024 campaign.

Hackett wasn’t even the clear choice during this year’s hiring cycle.

“We interviewed [Kevin O’Connell] last year, and we were really very impressed with his interview, so it doesn’t surprise me that he is having a good success up there, “Elway told St. Paul Pioneer Press‘Chris Tomsson. “It was very, very impressive during the interview process, and it was easy to understand which way we wanted to go. So I was happy to see that he had an opportunity, and I am happy to see that he is having the success he is having. because he gave an excellent interview with us “.

The Broncos are a mess. Is it all Hackett’s fault? Obviously not. Individuals on the pitch must be held accountable for their mistakes. At the same time, the culmination of multiple factors, including, but not limited to, a stagnant attack, a struggling franchise quarterback, sloppy football and a record losing streak, while rapidly losing ground to AFC West, portends a change. as head coach.

The same mistakes cannot be repeated. In Denver, a fresh start for the property and Wilson may be exactly what it takes for everyone to clearly see a manager over his head.


Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @brentsobleski.

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