Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s job was in trouble before Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

After the 22-16 loss to the Raiders, it’s fair to say that Hackett’s job security is on life support.

The only person in the NFL who entered Sunday with a hotter seat than Hackett was Las Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels.

It’s probably not a good idea to lose to the guy who is also on the hot seat when you’re coaching for your job.

At this point, it feels like it’s not a matter of “if” Hackett is fired, but “when”.

And it feels like it’ll be soon after reading a tweet from 104.3 The Zone’s Andrew Mason.

Mason pointed out several troubling facts about Hackett’s tenure so far in Denver.

Look, I’m all for giving coaches some time.

But there are no signs of progress with this team — especially when you score just four touchdowns in five home games.

Things aren’t improving. And the Broncos just lost to one of the coldest teams in the NFL in the Raiders (they had lost three games in a row entering week 11).

What more do the new owners need to see? Hackett clearly isn’t the answer in Denver. And if he survives this week, I’m sure we’ll get another example next week against the Carolina Panthers — another bad team — of why Hackett should be relieved of his duties as the Broncos’ head coach.

Most NFL head coaches who are hired will eventually be fired. Very few retire with a team or leave for another job. They usually go out via a statement from the owner. And I think we all know that’s coming for Hackett.

So why delay the inevitable? Denver might as well move on from Hackett now and start working on a way to bring former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to the Rocky Mountains.

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