NATHANIEL HACKETT enters his first year with the New York Jets, after being named offensive coordinator on January 26, 2023.
Hackett brings 15 years of NFL coaching experience to the team, most recently serving as the Head Coach of the Denver Broncos (2022). Prior to his stint as head coach, Hackett spent eight of the last 10 years as an offensive coordinator, most recently for the Green Bay Packers (2019-21), after leading the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18) and Buffalo Bills (2013-14) offenses.
"He had the opportunity because of his life's work as an offensive coordinator and all the different things that he's done in this League and how much respect he's garnered throughout the League, and all his different spots, all the people, all the players he's developed and the people that he's worked with." - Head Coach Robert Saleh (Jan. 2023)
Since 2017, Hackett has been a part of four postseason runs, including three conference championship games (JAX – 2018, GB – 2020-21). He helped lead two top-five scoring offenses during that time, including Jacksonville in 2017 (5th - 26.1 points per game) and Green Bay in 2020 (1st - 31.8 points per game). During that span, Hackett's teams have won 54 of their 81 games (.667), the fourth-best winning percentage in the League.
Hackett began his coaching career in 2003 as an assistant linebacker's coach at his alma mater, the University of California, Davis prior to joining Stanford's staff as the offensive/defensive assistant to the coordinators. In 2005, he transitioned to a specialists/recruiting coordinator.
Hackett entered the NFL as an offensive quality control coach under Jon Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. He served there for two years prior to moving to the same role for the Buffalo Bills from 2008-09. In 2010, Hackett transitioned back to the collegiate level and was hired by Syracuse as their passing game coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends coach under Doug Marrone. Hackett was promoted to offensive coordinator/tight ends for Syracuse (2011), spending two seasons in that role before transitioning back to the NFL.
Hackett was hired by the Bills as their offensive coordinator, leading their offense for two seasons. During his first season in the role (2013), Hackett oversaw a Bills offense that ranked number two in the NFL in rushing yards per game (144.2). Hackett then helped the Bills offense (2014) register an 86.0 passer rating, the highest by the team since 2002. Additionally, his offense registered 33 plays of 25+ yards, the sixth most in the NFL at the time and the most by a Bills team since 2000.
After the completion of the 2014 season, Hackett joined the Jaguars staff as their quarterbacks coach from 2015-16. With his guidance, quarterback Blake Bortles set single-season franchise records in passing touchdowns (35), passing yards (4,428), completions (355) and attempts (606). Additionally, Bortles became just the third quarterback at the time to post 4,000 passing yards, 35-plus passing touchdowns and 300-plus rushing yards in a season.
Hackett was promoted to offensive coordinator at the end of the 2016 season, serving in the role for three seasons. In 2017, Hackett oversaw a Jaguars offense that led the League in rushing (141.4 yards per game) for the first time in team history. Additionally, Hackett's offense allowed a franchise-low 24.0 sacks on the season, the third best in the NFL that year. Their 64.0% red zone touchdown percentage ranked second in the League, while their 85.7 goal-to-go touchdown percentage ranked first.
With his lead on offense, the Jaguars appeared in the AFC Championship game that season.
Hackett was hired as the Packers offensive coordinator prior to the start of the 2019 season, serving in the role for three seasons. With Hackett directing on offense, the Packers ranked fifth in the NFL in scoring and committed the fewest turnovers in the League over that span. Additionally, Hackett helped quarterback Aaron Rodgers secure League MVP honors in back-toback seasons from 2020-21. During the 2020 season, Hackett helped Green Bay's offense rank number one in scoring (31.8), touchdowns (66), red zone touchdown percentage (80.0%) and time of possession (33:29), while ranking number two in third-down percentage (49.4%). Additionally, the team became just the third team in NFL history to record 500+ points with 11 or fewer giveaways in a single season. During the 2021 season, Green Bay ranked in the top 10 in a variety of offensive categories, including ninth in scoring (26.5), 10th in yards per game (365.6), 10th in total points (450) and fifth in time of possession (30:36).
A New Hampshire native, Hackett and his wife, Megan have two sons, Harrison and London and two daughters, Briar and Everly.