Nathaniel Hackett has only coached six games with the Denver Broncos, but already one sports personality is calling for him to be fired.
Colin Cowherd said on his talk show "The Herd" that the Broncos need to move on from Hackett after just one season.
Cowherd's take comes a day after the Broncos suffered another close loss in primetime, falling to the Los Angeles Chargers 19-16 in overtime on Monday Night Football.
"After the season, you move off Nathaniel Hackett," Cowherd said. "Doesn’t matter if it’s fair. Go look at Matt Ryan’s numbers from Kyle Shanahan to (Steve Sarkisian). They fell off the table. Coaching matters."
The Broncos fell to 2-4 with Monday's loss, their second straight overtime defeat. They rank last in the NFL in scoring at 15.2 points per game. They are also the most penalized team in the league.
Denver hired Hackett in large part due to his perceived offensive acumen. Hackett spent the prior three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.
Cowherd acknowledged that all of the blame for the Broncos' struggles does not fall on Hackett's shoulders. Quarterback Russell Wilson, whom they acquired in a trade during the offseason and locked down with a five-year, $200 million contract extension, has struggled mightily. Wilson has completed 58.6 percent of his passes, on pace for a career low, and has thrown just five touchdowns through six games.
But while the Broncos may be stuck with Wilson for the foreseeable future, they can at least try to pair him with a coach who can help the offense function better.
"Nathaniel Hackett is not the answer," Cowherd said. "You gotta move off him after a year. Sorry if it’s not fair. But he doesn’t have a six-year, $250 million contract."