The Denver Broncos fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday in the aftermath of a humiliating setback and in the final weeks of a disappointing season.
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As a result, Hackett was unable to complete his first year at the helm. Previously offensive coordinator for three different teams, the 43-year-old was hired on January 27.
“Following lengthy discussions with [General Manager] George [Paton] and our ownership group, we have determined that a new direction for the team is in order,” said the President and CEO, and majority owner, Greg Penner, in a statement. This change was made with the greatest respect for the people concerned and allows us to begin the search for a new chief instructor now.”
Defeated 51-14 by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Colorado club occupies the cellar of the Western section of the American Association with a poor record of 4-11. Still, all hopes were high at the dawn of the regular season, as the organization acquired marquee quarterback Russell Wilson through a trade from the Seattle Seahawks in March.
However, Denver struggled throughout the year, experiencing two four-game losing streaks. Plagued by injuries, Wilson also had his share of problems, settling for 12 touchdown passes to nine interceptions.
The Broncos will end the campaign with a visit to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and a home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on January 8.