Wide receiver Allen Lazard, who spent the last five years with the Green Bay Packers, is now a member of the New York Jets, possibly as a precursor to an Aaron Rodgers trade.
The Jets have also hired Nathaniel Hackett, who spent most of last season as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, to be their new offensive coordinator.
Lazard said that Hackett was “the best teacher I’ve ever had in my life” during the three seasons in which the former was the Packers’ offensive coordinator.
Jets’ Allen Lazard calls Nathaniel Hackett “The best teacher I’ve ever had in my life” https://t.co/TwG2sdms0B
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The comment may sound surprising, given how disastrous Hackett’s short tenure at the helm of the Broncos was.
With future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson on board, they were expected by many to contend for a spot in the Super Bowl, but instead, those expectations dissolved into a cesspool of very poor play.
Denver had one of the worst offenses in recent memory in 2022, and it failed to reach the 20-point mark a whopping 11 times.
That ineptitude led to Hackett getting fired late in the season.
It could be, however, that while he may be a terrible head coach, he will continue to thrive as an OC, just as he did in Green Bay when the Packers reached the NFC Championship Game in 2020 and 2021 under his watch.
Assuming the Jets land Rodgers, they will have a very ingraining roster next season, although there will still be a few questions.
The biggest question would be whether Rodgers will return to form at age 39 after his production fell somewhat in 2022.NEXT: The Jets Are Reportedly Shopping A Special Teams Player