Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson said today he feels for Nathaniel Hackett, the head coach who was fired yesterday, and believes he bears responsibility for Hackett’s job loss.
“First of all, obviously, I’m worried about Coach Hackett because I think he’s an amazing person, an amazing teacher, a great father watching him with his kids and what he’s been able to do and how he’s taught the game for us,” Wilson said. . “This season was one that we never thought would happen the way it did. He was a guy who put all his time and effort into us as players, as staff members, everybody, as well as coaches. I think he’s an amazing coach, one of the brighter minds around me.”
Wilson said he knows he didn’t play as well as Hackett needed him to.
“It’s been a crazy season, tons of injuries, everything, but the reality is, I’d like to play better for him,” Wilson said. “I wish I could play at the standard and level I’ve always played at and know how to play. So what I do know is he’s resilient, he’s going to be a great coach, like I said, and I love him to death and everybody’s definitely going to miss him.”
The next head coach needs to make Wilson play much better. And if Wilson plays as poorly next year as he did this year, it will raise serious questions about whether the Broncos’ huge investment in a former quarterback was one that no coach can fix.