New York Jets fans are rejoicing at the possibility they could be aligning themselves for an Aaron Rodgers trade. The team announced that they are hiring Nathaniel Hackett for their OC role. This news should scare the s*** out of Jets fans based on 2022, but that’s not the reaction. Hackett was horrible at Denver in 2022. In fact, he was beyond horrible. There’s horrible coaching, 50-feet of crap, and then there’s Hackett the head coach. As an OC Hackett has had a ton of success… with Aaron Rodgers. And Rodgers had some of his best seasons (individually) under Hackett. We know there are coaches in the NFL who make better coordinators than head coaches. Nathaniel Hackett is clearly one of those guys.
Hackett the OC
Hackett has been an OC with three different teams: Bills, Jaguars, and Packers. All with varying success. His 2 years in Buffalo were not good with the offense not holding up their end. He was fired after just two seasons. He was in charge of the offense in Jacksonville when Blake Bortles led the team to the AFC Championship Game in 2017. However he was fired after 11 games in his second season calling plays after a 3-8 start. Green Bay is where he had his most success. His first season in charge (2020) of the offense saw Aaron Rodgers put up the best passing stats of his career. 2021 wasn’t too bad either with Green Bay making it to the NFC Championship Game.
Jets hiring Hackett
The Jets hiring Hackett gives them a clear advantage should they kick the tires on a Aaron Rodgers trade this offseason. The two have a good relationship on and off the field. Jets fans should be excited at the idea of pairing Hackett and Rodgers together. And if the Jets were to pull off a move for Rodgers, the AFC quarterback field will be even more loaded that what it already is. Take a look at some of these names who could be under center in the AFC in 2023.