Nathaniel Hackett and Vic Fangio lasted less than four seasons together as the Broncos’ last two head coaches. But both are generating interest in the NFL due to new job openings. Hackett, who was fired after just 16 games in 2022, was interviewed Wednesday for the Jets offensive coordinator. by ESPN. Meanwhile, Fangio, who led the Broncos for three seasons prior to Hackett’s arrival, interviews the Falcons for the discovery of their defensive coordinator. in NFL media.
The Jets and their previous offensive coordinator Mike Lafleur parted ways shortly after the end of the regular season, which was marked by mixed results from several quarterbacks. The Falcons, on the other hand, saw defensive coordinator Dean Peace, a longtime Ravens assistant, announce his retirement from coaching earlier this month.
Hackett, 43, had a tumultuous and brief spell as Broncos head coach this season, going 4-11 overseeing a career-worst season from QB Russell Wilson. But he has a lot of experience as a coordinator, most notably leading the Packers’ offense in 2019-21 when Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back MVP awards. He was also the general manager of the Jaguars from 2016 to 2018, including participation in the AFC Championship game.
Fangio, 64, went 19-30 in his three years as Broncos manager, failing to make the playoffs, but his defense has remained solid all along. While serving as a defensive consultant for the Eagles this year, he also received praise for his work as the DC Bears from 2015 to 2018, when Chicago consistently boasted of being one of the NFL’s meanest divisions. Fangio previously served as the Ravens’ assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, and had experience with the DC 49ers, Texans, Colts, and Panthers.