Nathaniel Hackett defends transfer of play-calling duties after Broncos’ latest loss

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Nathaniel Hackett defends transfer of play-calling duties after Broncos' latest loss
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Nathaniel Hackett handed on-call duties to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak ahead of Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders hoping to create a “spark”.

This is not the case, and instead the Denver Broncos fell, 22-16, in overtime against the pulverized Raiders.

Davante Adams (17) of the Las Vegas Raiders scores an overtime touchdown to beat the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on November 20, 2022 in Denver.
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“I want to do everything I can to help this team. We’re so close,” Hackett said in defense of his decision.

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“We continually talk about this over and over again – a couple plays here and there, and there are a lot of different results. And I have to look at myself first, see if there’s anything I can do to give a sort of spark to the offense.”

He continued: “So I thought it would be nice if I walked away from that, that I let Klint come upstairs and be able to see him from a bird’s eye view of the box and see if that would help us. and allow Justin Outten to be on the sidelines and talk with Russell (Wilson), talk with him about the races.”

Denver Broncos Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett Reacts To A Penalty Call During The Fourth Quarter Against The Las Vegas Raiders At Empower Field In Mile High, Denver On November 20, 2022.

Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett reacts to a penalty call during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field in Mile High, Denver on November 20, 2022.
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The Broncos took a 10-0 lead after their first two possessions, making it look like it was Hackett’s right call, but that would soon change. Hackett said he thought the transition was “smooth”, but added that they would assess it in the future.

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The Broncos fell to 3-7 and are now potentially facing their sixth consecutive losing season and seventh year without a playoff spot.

Hackett was asked if his future with the team is something on his mind.

“For me, it’s all about this team and this staff. I’ve told you guys that before. I just want to do everything I can to help this team win. We’ve been so close, we’ve had so many opportunities. We’ve had a lot of unfortunate things this year, but we have to keep finding ways to win,” he said.

Denver Broncos Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett Watches From The Sideline Against The Las Vegas Raiders During The Second Half At Empower Field At Mile High On November 20, 2022 In Denver.

Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett watches from the sideline against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Empower Field at Mile High on November 20, 2022 in Denver.
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“And that’s my only goal, that’s all I’m trying to do. No matter what happens, those things that I can’t control, and I always communicate with everyone, I talk about everything, I show them all the different things that are going on so they can have all their questions answered, and go from there.”

The Broncos will travel to Carolina on Sunday to face the Panthers.

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