Day after giving up 50 points to Rams, Broncos fire coach Nathaniel Hackett

Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett stands on the sideline during a game.
Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett was fired by the team a day after a 51-14 loss the Rams at SoFi Stadium.
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The Denver Broncos have fired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett with two games left in the season.

Owner and CEO Greg Penner said he’ll lead the search for a new coach with assistance from general manager George Paton, in whom he expressed confidence Monday while announcing Hackett’s dismissal.

Firing Hackett with two games left in a lost season allows Penner to begin his search for a replacement immediately.


The Walton-Penner group purchased the Broncos for $4.65 billion last summer, a global record for a professional sports franchise.

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Dec. 26, 2022

On Sunday, the Broncos (4-11) were blown out by the equally downtrodden Rams 51-14 when Russell Wilson had three passes intercepted and was sacked six times. The game featured a sideline spat between backup quarterback Brett Rypien and guard Dalton Risner, and pass rusher Randy Gregory threw a punch at a Rams player after the game.

Wilson has had an awful first season in Denver after the Broncos sent four premium draft picks and three players to Seattle for the nine-time Pro Bowler. Wilson has 12 touchdown passes with nine interceptions and 49 sacks in 13 starts and has been unable to snap out of a season-long funk.

Hackett replaced Vic Fangio last January but hasn’t been able to build an offense suitable to Wilson.

The Broncos have missed the playoffs seven consecutive seasons and extended their string of losing records to six.