It’s been a tough season for a 3-6 team Denver Broncosbut they’re making a big change heading into Week 11. According to NFL Network’s Tom Bellicero, coach Nathaniel Hackett He relinquished play-calling duties and turned them over to quarterbacks coach Clint Kubik.
Bellisero stated that this was not an upsetting decision. Hackett was downright mean, apparently giving a “pep” speech to the team after he made the decision.
Kubiak reportedly called plays during practice all week, which gave Hackett the freedom to work with different stance combinations and do “the kind of hands-on training he likes,” according to Pelissero.
Kubiak is no beginner in calling offensive plays, which is why he was chosen. He joined Hackett last season after spending the past year calling plays for Minnesota Vikings“Explosive crime. According to Pelicero, the operation will remain “cooperative” Ben Hackett and offensive coordinator Justin Otten, who will also be on headset during the game.
This decision has the potential to affect the offense as a whole, but the quarterback in particular Russell Wilsonwho struggled this season. Bellisero reported that Wilson “established a close bond” with Kubiak, so having that sound in his ear could help calm him down.
While those early reports from practice last week are encouraging, there is no telling how the move will affect the team. The Broncos are clearly hoping for a positive outcome, and there is a recent example to show that it is possible. The Philadelphia Eagles He had a rookie coach last season, Nick Siriani, who relinquished playing duties to offensive coordinator Shane Station mid-season. The pair would call playing together, but putting Steichen in charge alone led to such a positive change that the Eagles went from disappointment to playoff contender in just a few weeks.
That’s what the Broncos are for. We’ll see how close they get to that mark when they take the field on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET vs Las Vegas Raiders.