Pro Football Network made a suggestion this week for the Denver Broncos that could be viewed as controversial.
Dallas Robinson, an NFL writer for PFN, suggested that former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton could be an option to replace Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett after the season.
Nathaniel Hackett’s hot seat has cooled considerably over the last several week’s thanks to a victory over the Jaguars and a subsequent bye. Still, while both Denver’s front office and ownership group have thrown their public support behind Hackett, his ultimate fate will likely be decided by how the rest of the Broncos’ season shakes out.
The Broncos’ first-year owners, the Walton family, may decide that Hackett’s performance was dismal enough to move on after only one season. He’s repeatedly failed at in-game decision-making, and Denver’s offense — coordinated by Hackett himself — has been stuck in place all season, exceeding 21 points just once.
Even though the Broncos are coming off a win in their last game, it feels like Hackett’s seat is still quite warm.
Ultimately, though, I’d be surprised if Denver made a move this soon.
However, the one thing that could cost Hackett his job would be if he’s still making the same in-game mistakes in week 18 that he was making early in the season.
If Denver sees that he hasn’t progressed as a coach, then it’s certainly possible they could make a change.
Payton is still under contract with the Saints, so he’d have to be traded to the Broncos. This is one of the few teams that New Orleans would likely be ok making a deal with — since the Broncos and Saints are in opposite conferences.
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