Aaron Rodgers Throws His Weight Behind Jets OC Nathaniel Hackett Amidst NFL’s Coaching Carousel

Published 11/14/2023, 9:35 PM EST

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The New York Jets seem like they are having one of the most dismal seasons in the league. In fact, fans have a lot of misplaced trust in the team. According to most of them, Zach Wilson and the OC Nathaniel Hackett are some of the people to blame for this performance. However, the star football player Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to share the opinion. He came forth and challenged the entire notion!

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This took place on The Pat McAfee Show in the usual Tuesday episode where Rodgers provided his candid two cents on the entire situation. Safe to say that the 39-year-old is loyal to his 4-5 team and is aware of the Jets’ weak points. As a matter of fact, he did not hesitate in showcasing his support to the OC Nathaniel Hackett and QB Zach Wilson.

Aaron Rodgers knows where his loyalty lies

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Pat McAfee started by admitting straight-up that watching a Jets game gives him sore eyes. He said that he is not taking any shots at Zach Wilson, but Hackett is the one who is having a hard time getting a single touchdown and is getting all the heat for it. The Jets have, in fact, gone more than 8 quarters without a touchdown.

Additionally, the host pointed out how Hackett was waiting for Rodgers to join the Broncos after he left the Packers. But, the 4x Super Bowl MVP did not! They both re-united under the Jets’ umbrella and have shared a journey since then.

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Thus, it was not surprising to see Rodgers take the side of the OC on the show. When McAfee asked, “Hackett is taking it hard. You see that noise, or no?” Rodgers honestly affirmed the same.  He confessed, “Yeah, yeah, I see it. I won MVP twice in the same offense, I’m a believer in the offense and there’s a lot of positions we gotta play better”.

The 4x MVP said that it’s easy to blame Zach Wilson and the OC at this point, but also agreed that the Jets needed to clean their act up. Though the coach and his protégé are reunited, things have been rough for the Jets this season and their $75 million royalty hasn’t proved to be effective as of now.

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At this point, many assume that the Jets will be out of the 2023 season soon. Maybe they are right, given their recent performances. The Jets OC situation is somewhat reminiscent of the Josh McDaniels situation as he got fired from the Broncos in 2022.

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He and Rodgers couldn’t play under the Broncos insignia. However, on multiple occasions, we’ve seen that the Jets might not have an offensive plan, but they sure have loyalty among them. Robert Saleh, the HC, also doesn’t see any problem with Nathaniel Hackett or Zach Wilson.

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The Jets OC was one of the main reasons why Rodgers went to play for the Jets. Hackett designed the offense around Aaron Rodgers but was soon hit by a bus when Rodgers suffered the season-ending injury.

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The Jets are ranked 32 overall in their ability to get to the red zone and also for not being able to get any conversions done on third downs. With 9 weeks under his recovery, Jets’ royalty indicated that he might return to the field “soon”, but that looks questionable as of now. What do you think about the statement made by Rodegrs concerning Hackett? Do you agree with the same? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by:

Abhinav Prakash

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Abhinav Prakash is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. Holder of a Master’s degree from a reputed institute, he has been involved in sports for a while now. His forté are NBA and NFL.
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