Nathaniel Hackett owns his professional mistakes with Broncos, the errors that led to being fired last December before his first season as a head coach was over
Hackett was 4-11 when he was fired by the Broncos before Christmas 2022
But Hackett, in his first season as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets, wondered aloud Tuesday whether the new man in Denver, Sean Payton, understands the depths of the wounds inflicted by taking his review of Hackett's run with the Broncos public
Hackett, son of longtime NFL coach Paul Hackett, said Payton clearly violated coaching code
"I've been involved in this business my whole life, 43 years, and as a coach, as a coach's kid, we live in a glass house. We know that," Hackett said Tuesday. "... And it's one of those things that there's a code, there's a way things are done in that house. This past week, it's frustrating and it sucks, but we're all susceptible to it. There are things you do, mistakes you make, and it costs you time on the field, costs you your job, all those things, and I own all that stuff.
Payton made the comments to USA Today last week, labeling Hackett's coaching performance last year in Denver "one of the worst" jobs he'd ever seen in the NFL
While Payton said he regretted the comments soon after the interview details were published, Hackett said he expected to hear some sharp criticism before the teams meet in Week 5. The game is in Denver
"I've got no excuses," Hackett said. "That's how we live here at the New York Jets, that's how we've lived everywhere I've been -- no excuses. So I own all those things. It's unfortunate that that had to happen, that the comments that were made, but hey, they did. I'll tell you: I was probably more surprised that they happened now. (I) was definitely expecting them in Week 5, so I'm almost thankful that we got that out of the way. We all understand where certain people feel and think. I'll tell you, you can always look at that silver lining, and ... man.
Hackett said the comments galvanized the team in some respects. He immediately heard from owner Woody Johnson and head coach Robert Saleh, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers took his defense of Hackett public
"Everybody has been unbelievable. I think that's something that is just awesome," Hackett said. "It's brought our team together, even the old players that I've coached very recently, just being able to hear them. It makes you realize that you do this for a very specific reason -- for the love of the game, for the love of teaching, for the love of watching people grow. There's up and downs. Never get too high, never get too low. Gotta love this stuff.
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