Nathaniel Hackett, the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, has an interview with Jacksonville scheduled for this week, and Denver also requested an interview for her position as head coach on Monday.
Now a third team has shown interest in Hackett, and Packer fans are very familiar with it – the Chicago Bears.
The #bears made a request, according to the source, to interview #Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett for their head coaching job.
Hackett has already planned interviews with the #Jaguars and #Broncos this week. A hot candidate.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 11, 2022
Although I am sure that the first thought of many is that Green Bay will reject the application as the interview is for the opening of head coaching, which is an improvement over the position of the offensive coordinator, Green Bay has to give an interview to Hackett .
The Bears switched from both head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace on Monday. In addition to Hackett, Chicago has also expressed an interest in Tampa Bay Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, Bucs Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich, Buffalo Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll, and Buffalo Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier, among other candidates.
This is now Hackett’s third season as the Green Bay Packers Offensive Coordinator, and while Matt LaFleur is the one stating the games, Hackett plays an important role in the schedule that is put together each week, especially with the Red Zone packages.
While the Packers’ red zone offensive wasn’t as effective this season, they finished 2019 with the second highest touchdown rate and took first place in that category in 2020, scoring a touchdown on a whopping 80 percent of their red zone visits. Green Bay also had number 1 on the NFL scoring offensive in 2020.
See, he’s always been in the game, “Hackett’s Rodgers said of SI. “He’s got an amazing passion, he’s got a great sense of football, he’s an amazing teacher. I definitely see it as head coaching material. “
For the past three seasons, the Green Bay Packers are 39-10 with two NFC championship trips.
Hackett is a hot name in the coaching market, and it seems inevitable that he will get a head coaching appearance somewhere this off-season. As it is in the NFL, the coordinators of successful teams will often be given such opportunities.
In addition to Hackett’s interview request, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Luke Getsy was asked to apply for the Denver job posting. This will be his first head coaching interview.
Currently, the Green Bay Packers are focused on doing a Super Bowl run, but the very real possibility that finding a new offensive coordinator is on LaFleur’s to-do list this off-season.