4 reasons the Nathaniel Hackett hire is a good thing for the NY Jets
2. Nathaniel Hackett is the experienced OC the NY Jets were looking for
The Jets made it very clear this offseason that they were looking to add some veteran leadership to their offensive coaching staff. Even before firing Mike LaFleur, the Jets indicated that the plan was to bring in a veteran coach.
As it turns out, that veteran coach was hired to replace LaFleur, rather than work with him.
The Jets interviewed a whopping 15 candidates for their offensive coordinator position, many of whom weren't exactly the most experienced. We're talking guys who had barely been position coaches in the NFL, let alone offensive coordinators.
Hackett has the experience the Jets were looking for. He has a decade of experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL and has called plays before, which is something the Jets emphasized in their search.
He's been an NFL head coach, a coordinator for three different NFL teams, and has 20 years of coaching experience under his belt. That, more than anything, is likely the reason the Jets hired him.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that Hackett has other ties to the Jets' coaching staff. He crossed paths with Robert Saleh in Jacksonville and worked under Saleh's best friend, Matt LaFleur, in Green Bay. His father, Paul, was also the Jets' offensive coordinator from 2001-2004.
When the Jets fired Mike LaFleur, the plan was always to replace him with a more experienced coach. Hackett fits the bill and makes a ton of sense for the organization.