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Broncos GM Makes His Thoughts on Nathaniel Hackett, Russell Wilson Very Clear

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The 2022 season is off to a nightmare start for the Denver Broncos.

Hopes were high after the team brought in head coach Nathaniel Hackett from Green Bay and traded for superstar quarterback Russell Wilson. But the Broncos are just 2-5 through seven games and rank last in the NFL in scoring.

That has led to some speculation that the Broncos could be sellers prior to the NFL trade deadline, and even that Hackett might not see the midpoint of his first season before being fired.

But general manager George Paton preached patience on Thursday, according to Paton offered a vote of confidence for both Hackett and Wilson, saying he's not going to overreact to a seven-game sample size.

"I believe in Nathaniel," Paton said Thursday. "I support Nathaniel 100 percent. He's been in this for seven games as a head coach. The scrutiny he's faced is unprecedented."

He expressed similar confidence in Wilson — although in his case, the Broncos don't have much of a choice. Wilson signed a five-year, $245 million contract extension prior to this season that will keep him in Denver through 2028.

Wilson, who missed the Broncos' last game due to a hamstring injury, is on pace to set career-low marks in both completion percentage and touchdowns in his first season in Denver.

"I'm not concerned," said Paton. We're in it for the long haul with Russ, not the first seven games. We believe in Russ, and I believe in Russ. We just need to play better on offense. The timing, the rhythm — we need an identity. We really don't have an identity on offense, and I think that comes with time. Hopefully, it comes soon."

While Paton may be more patient than Broncos fans with the team's head coach and quarterback, he did make clear that he's not satisfied with the results so far this season. The Broncos will look to snap their current four-game losing streak when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday.

"(It's) not good enough at 2-5," Paton said. "We all need to get better, and it starts with me. I do believe in this football team, and I do believe in the people in our building -- our coaching staff. We can turn it around. It's only seven games."