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Broncos to interview Aaron Rodgers' QB coach, offensive coordinator this weekend in Green Bay

1/14/2022 5:52:30 PM
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The Denver Broncos will interview Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy in Green Bay this weekend, Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver reports.

Hackett, 42, is a decent head coach candidate on his own merits. Before he became tied to Rodgers, Hackett was the son of longtime NFL offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, then a Doug Marrone protege. Marrone was the head coach and Hackett his offensive coordinator for two years at Syracuse in 2011-12. The Orangemen went from 5-7 in their first year to 8-5 the next. Marrone’s offense went from 84th in the country to No. 56.

The duo then spent two years with the Buffalo Bills and again made a quantum improvement from 6-10 in 2013 to 9-7 in 2014. Hackett’s offense went from 22nd in scoring the first year to 18th the next. Then it was on to Jacksonville where in Marrone’s first full season as head coach and Hackett’s as offensive coordinator, the Jaguars went a surprising 10-6 to reach the 2017 season AFC Championship Game and even with the passing-challenged Blake Bortles at quarterback finished No. 5 in offensive scoring with 26.1 points.

The 2018 season was a disaster for practically all involved in Jacksonville, particularly Marrone, although Hackett not only survived, he landed the next season in Green Bay with first-year head coach Matt LaFleur and Rodgers in 2019. The Packers have won 13 games all three seasons since and are hoping to do better than a third consecutive trip to the NFC Conference Championship Game this year.

The Bears and Jaguars – are also interviewing Hackett for their head coach position this weekend.

Getsy, 37, was a college quarterback at Pitt and Akron. He then spent seven years as a college coach before breaking in with the Packers at the entry level in 2014. He had a good lone season as offensive coordinator for Mississippi State in 2018 (8-5, 28.5 points per game) then returned to Green Bay as quarterbacks coach under Hackett and LaFleur in 2019.

The Broncos’ seven other head coaching candidates are all competing in the NFL wild-card playoff round this weekend and are not allowed to interview until next week. That group consists of offensive coordinators Brian Callahan of the Bengals, the Cowboys’ Kellen Moore, the Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy and the Rams’ Kevin O’Connell, defensive coordinators Dan Quinn of the Cowboys and the Eagles’ Jonathan Gannon along with the Patriots’ inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo.

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