Nathaniel Hackett Finds A New Team, Pours Gasoline On Aaron Rodgers Trade Rumors

Broncos HC’s New Coach Of The Year Odds Might Indicate His Future

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Despite being one of the worst NFL head coaches in recent memory, former Denver Broncos head coach and Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has already found a new job with the New York Jets.

According to reports, the Jets have hired Hackett to be their offensive coordinator after the team parted ways with Mike LaFleur at the end of last season.

Given Hackett’s stint in Green Bay and his connection to Aaron Rodgers, some NFL reporters and fans believe this is a sign that the Jets could be trying to work out a trade for the four-time MVP.

Hackett, who served as the Packers’ offensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021, was fired by the Broncos after just 15 games in charge (his record was 4-11). Given his tenure saw Rodgers win back-to-back MVP awards, some within NFL circles believe the Jets have made this hire in order to entice Rodgers to join the team, which would immediately become a Super Bowl contender with him behind center.

Head coach Robert Saleh certainly added fuel to that fire as he told the media on Thursday that the team is “committed to finding a veteran [quarterback].

The Jets are coming off an 8-9 season that not only saw them, once again, miss out on the playoffs but also lose complete confidence in Zach Wilson, who was drafted as the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft with the expectation of becoming the organization’s franchise QB.

While Rodgers isn’t necessarily coming off of his best season — in fact, 2022 was arguably the worst he’s played in years — he’d be such a significant upgrade for the Jets that they’d immediately be considered contenders in the AFC given their Top 5 defense and talent on offense.

Making a move for an aging Packers legend at the end of his career certainly wouldn’t be out of the ordinary with the Jets as they pulled the same stunt with Brett Favre about 15 years ago. While the experiment started off promising (after 11 games, the Jets were 8-3 and were the #1 seed in the AFC), the bottom ultimately fell out and they missed the playoffs altogether.

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