While Brian Daboll is one of the more well-known head coaching candidates, the same can’t be said for Nathaniel Hackett. Despite him not being a well-known head coaching candidate, he might be just as qualified as his fellow contemporaries.
Currently, Hackett is the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, but before he earned his current job in the cold Green Bay environment, he spent some time in the considerably warmer city of Jacksonville. While he was with Jacksonville it’s fair to say that he helped the Jaguars’ offense become the best it’s been since the mid-2000s.
While it’s impressive enough to say that Hackett had the Jaguar’s offense at its best, it’s even more impressive when you realize what he had at his service. Hackett’s starting QB was Blake Bortles and his starting running back was Leonard Fournette with no quality offensive lineman outside of Brandon Linder and no quality wide receiver outside of Allen Robinson.
Despite having no real great players Hackett helped turn the offense into a quality offense and, alongside a great defense the Jags managed to make it to the AFC conference championship game.
It’s fair to say that after Hackett’s performance with the Jaguars, he turned some heads, and one team who took notice was the Green Packers. With the Packers firing their long-time head coach in Mike McCarthy and bringing in their new head coach in Matt LaFleur they needed a new offensive coordinator, and in came Hackett.
While Hackett showed his worth with a roster that wasn’t a super high-level roster, it would be fair to assume that he would be able to do more with a much more talented roster, and that is exactly what he has done so far with the Green Bay Packers.
Since LaFleur and Hackett joined forces in Green Bay, this Packers team has been taken to a new level. In LaFleur’s and Hackett’s first, two seasons with Green Bay they made the NFC Divisional game their first season and the NFC Conference championship their 2nd season and are now on pace to finish with the number one seed in the NFC.
If Carolina were to bring in Hackett they would be bringing in a young offensive coordinator who brings a modern style to his offense and has proven that he can coach elite-level teams as well as teams that arent so talented roster-wise.