The New York Jets hired Nathaniel Hackett as their offensive coordinator during the offseason, reuniting him with Aaron Rodgers.
Hackett was part of a large cast of characters to join the Jets this season that had a former connection to Rodgers.
Seeing that Rodgers is out for the season, Hackett is now slated to work with Zach Wilson for the rest of the season.
In a conversation shared via Around the NFL, Hackett talked to reporters about his feelings regarding Wilson.
“My respect for him is off the charts,” Hackett said, adding, “For a guy to not have any practice, to come in there and execute the way he did was just so great to see.”
Jets OC Nathaniel Hackett on Zach Wilson: "My respect for him is off the charts. For a guy to not have any practice, to come in there and execute the way that he did was just so great to see."https://t.co/rAVi8htPHC pic.twitter.com/VW9mSSTfHC
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 15, 2023
While Hackett would have preferred to work with Rodgers, it appears that Wilson has earned his respect.
For a coach with Hackett’s career tenure, having respect for players is important, especially for the quarterback position.
Wilson was called into duty shortly after the game began.
Rodgers went down, a surprise to many within the organization including Wilson.
Wilson’s stat line didn’t necessarily pop off the page, but he did enough for the Jets to win this game.
In the NFL, mitigating mistakes is all a team can ask for from their starting QB.
If Wilson can do that for the rest of the season, letting his defense do a lot of the work, the Jets might make the playoffs after all.
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