Vicious, vicious commentary about a Jets coach

Some might consider this kind of commentary mean-spirited and a bit hyperbolic.

“Nathaniel Hackett is actually terrible at coaching,” ESPN’s Ryan Clark said. “He’s terrible at managing an offense. He’s terrible at decision-making.”

Now, you can argue Hackett wasn’t a great head coach during his brief time in Denver, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad offensive coordinator.

“[Denver is] part of the resume and I get it, but you got to have the discipline to look past recency bias, you got to be able to look past, whatever you want to call Denver, but the fact of the matter is that he got to Denver, and he had that opportunity because of his life’s work as an offensive coordinator,” said Jets coach Robert Saleh.

Saleh continued: “There’s a lot of strengths with him, his commitment to complimentary football, the experience, he’s an innovative teacher, he’s got a laundry list of stuff that we’re all really, really excited about.”

Saleh loves Hackett’s running scheme.

“He’s got a proven history of being able to develop a heck of a run game in every stop that he’s ever been in,” Saleh said.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers had some kind words for Hackett in 2020, while the Jets’ new OC was on the Packers’ staff.

“Hack has been a really important part of our culture change and a part of our success on offense,” Rodgers told reporters in 2020. “I love him.”

Clearly, Saleh and Rodgers have different worldviews of Hackett than Clark.

Some might discern that Clark saying Hackett is “terrible at coaching” is perhaps vitriol that goes a little bit over the top.

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