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Nathaniel Hackett is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the head coach for the Denver Broncos since 2022. Prior to this season, he coached for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Green Bay Packers for thirteen seasons. His most recent position was with the Packers as their offensive coordinator. He was the head coach of the Broncos for the 2022 season. The Broncos went 2-1-0 in this lone season as a head coach. During his career he was a head coach for one season.
Nathaniel Hackett Coaching Tree
Hackett was born on Wednesday, December 19, 1979 in Fullerton, California.
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- 1 Playing Career: University of California-Davis
- 2 Coaching Career
Playing Career: University of California-Davis
Hackett played college football for U.C. Davis from 1999-2002. During his four-year career, he saw playing time at linebacker and long snapper and earned a letter every season. He redshirted the 1998 season in which he won the team's George Belenis Award for Most Outstanding Redshirt. In addition, he won the team's "Aggie Pride" award as a senior. Throughout his time with the university, the team went 41-9 and made the playoffs all four seasons. After the 2002 season, he began his coaching career by assisting his alma mater during the spring practices of 2003 as an assistant linebackers coach.
First Foray into College Coaching
After his brief tenure as a coach for U.C. Davis in the spring, Hackett accepted a position as the assistant to the offensive and defensive coordinators for the Stanford Cardinal in 2003 and 2004. He then accepted an offer to coach the linebackers for Western Michigan, but ultimately decided to stay with Stanford when new head coach Walt Harris promoted Hackett to specialists coach/recruiting coordinator for the 2005 season. In this role, he worked closely with the kickers, punters, and long snappers as well as coordinated the nationwide recruiting efforts for the team.
Beginning his NFL Career
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After his three year stint with Stanford, Hackett accepted a position in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers--the same staff that his father Paul Hackett coached for. In 2006 and 2007 Nathaniel Hackett worked as the offensive quality control coach. In this role, Hackett worked with the offensive coaches to prepare and implement game plans for the upcoming week.
In 2008, Hackett accepted a position with the Buffalo Bills as their offensive quality control coach. However, the team stumbled to losing records in both of his seasons with the team, 7-9 in 2008 and 6-10 in 2009 as head coach Dick Jauron was fired nine games into the 2009 season.
Return to College Football
In 2010, Hackett returned to college football for Syracuse and began a working history with head coach Doug Marrone. In 2010, Hackett was the quarterbacks and tight ends coach, and also worked as the passing game coordinator. His work helped the team post their first winning season since 2001 and capped the season with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl. In 2011, Hackett was promoted from passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator. The team did not have as much success in 2011, finishing 5-7 and missing a bowl game. However, two of Hackett's players would set numerous team records during the 2011 season. His work with quarterback Ryan Nassib helped Nassib set team records for passing yards and completions in a single season while starting tight end Nick Provo was selected to the All-Big East First Team for setting the team record for receptions in a season. 2012 saw more record setting offense, as the offense set numerous single season records--some set the previous year. In addition, Nassib became the university career leader in numerous passing statistics during an All-American 2012 season.
Return to the NFL
After a successful 2012 season, Hackett returned to the NFL, following new head coach Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills, this time as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the franchise for the 2013 season. That year, the Bills finished first in the AFC in rushing yards per game behind a running back tandem of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. In 2014, Hackett only worked as the offensive coordinator and directed one of the most effective Bills offense in more than ten years. The Bills quarterbacks had their highest passer rating since 2002, the fewest interceptions since 2000, and the team had their first winning season since 2004. However, after a change in ownership, Marrone opted out of his contract, leaving many coaches to find new jobs.
In 2015, Hackett was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their new quarterbacks coach under head coach Gus Bradley, a coach Hackett had previously worked with during his stint with the Buccaneers. In addition to Bradley, Marrone was now the assistant head coach-offense and the offensive line coach of the team. In his first year in Jacksonville, quarterback Blake Bortles set franchise records in numerous categories in only his second year in the league. However, the team struggled in 2016, and after the mid-season firing of offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Hackett was promoted to fill the now-vacant role.
Hackett was fired following the 2018 Week 12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
|2022 Denver Broncos||Head Coach||0-0-0||0-0|
|2021 Green Bay Packers||Offensive Coordinator||13-4-0||0-1|
|2020 Green Bay Packers||Offensive Coordinator||13-3-0||1-1|
|2019 Green Bay Packers||Offensive Coordinator||13-3-0||1-1|
|2018 Jacksonville Jaguars||Offensive Coordinator||3-8-0||0-0|
|2017 Jacksonville Jaguars||Offensive Coordinator||10-6-0||2-1|
|2016 Jacksonville Jaguars||Interim Offensive Coordinator||1-1-0||0-0|
|2016 Jacksonville Jaguars||Quarterbacks Coach||2-12-0||0-0|
|2015 Jacksonville Jaguars||Quarterbacks Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
|2014 Buffalo Bills||Offensive Coordinator||9-7-0||0-0|
|2013 Buffalo Bills||Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach||6-10-0||0-0|
|2012 Syracuse Orange||Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach / Tight Ends Coach||8-5-0|
|2011 Syracuse Orange||Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach / Tight Ends Coach||5-7-0|
|2010 Syracuse Orange||Passing Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach / Tight Ends Coach||8-5-0|
|2009 Buffalo Bills||Offensive Quality Control Coach||6-10-0||0-0|
|2008 Buffalo Bills||Offensive Quality Control Coach||7-9-0||0-0|
|2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Offensive Quality Control Coach||9-7-0||0-1|
|2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Offensive Quality Control Coach||4-12-0||0-0|
|2005 Stanford Cardinal||Specialists Coach / Recruiting Coordinator||5-6-0|
|2004 Stanford Cardinal||Assistant to Offensive and Defensive Coordinators||4-7-0|
|2003 Stanford Cardinal||Assistant to Offensive and Defensive Coordinators||4-7-0|
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