HC Nathaniel Hackett, Broncos continue to assess offensive performance after loss to Jets

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado— As head coach Nathaniel Hackett and the Broncos look for ways to improve their offensive performance, Hackett said the team will continue to evaluate the entire process, from outline to execution. “I think

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado— As head coach Nathaniel Hackett and the Broncos look for ways to improve their offensive performance, Hackett said the team will continue to evaluate the entire process, from outline to execution.

“I think you’re sitting there and always looking at yourself as a coach first and looking at the things you want to accomplish and the things you want to do against different patterns,” Hackett said Monday. “[The plays] draw well, and you’re excited about them and you want to make sure players know exactly why you’re calling them, why you’re calling them. And then you want to see that can be capitalized on during the game. If that doesn’t work, you need to go back to the drawing board, rethink some of those other patterns you might have had, or feel like you should improve on the same pattern. I think those are the things that we’re constantly evaluating, looking to make sure we’re doing the right things with the players we have and we’re always going to try to improve and make sure we improve.

“… There are opportunities, but maybe they are not the right opportunities. We will assess everything.”

The Broncos managed just nine points in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and they continue to rank 32nd in the NFL in points. Denver has scored just eight touchdowns in seven weeks.

While the team will work to ensure it has a stronger offensive plan, Hackett said there will be no personnel changes or change in responsibilities on game day as Denver approaches. of a Week 8 game against the Jaguars in London.

“Right now, for a short week, we’re going to keep the status quo,” Hackett said. “We’re all going to work together to build a great plan. I feel like our operation is going really well. We held the ball for a long time, we moved the ball around, we just didn’t convert on some third tries which We’re going to continue as we are, and I think we’re going to assess everything. We always do. We always want to improve. We want to do everything we can to help this team improve as we go. measure. coaches.”

Hackett specifically pointed to third downs as an area where the team needs to improve. The Broncos won time in the battle for possession and had 11 more first downs than the Jets in Sunday’s loss, but Denver was just 5 of 16 on third down and couldn’t chain enough discs to win the game.

“When you look at the third down, you have to be at least over 40 percent,” Hackett said. “You have to be right around that 45% to continually be successful, and we had opportunities there to convert some of those and we didn’t, and it put the defense back on the pitch and stalled our training. We have to be better at that.”

Despite all the missed chances, the Broncos still had a chance to tie the game – twice – late in regulation. The Broncos are now down four games to one possession, which is both frustrating and a suggestion that Denver may not be far off from success.

“These tight games and all over the NFL, it’s a game here, a game there that determines the outcome of every game,” Hackett said. “…We just have to do better. We have to find a way to make these plays. We have to find a way to make better patterns in these situations, we have to compete more, we have to do whatever it takes to find a win .”

With the Broncos at 2-5 and the trade deadline approaching Nov. 2, trade rumors have swirled in recent days.

Asked Monday about those rumors and how he will handle the trade deadline in concert with general manager George Paton, Hackett said his focus remains on this weekend’s game against Jacksonville.

“I can’t wait to win a football match this week in London,” Hackett said. “That’s what we focus on, and these guys are all part of our team – and I love them and they work so hard and all appreciate them and want them here. George is looking after that side. We’ll communicate and we’ll talk, but I’m very excited for these guys to have another chance to win a game.”