JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hours after it was reported that the Jaguars were planning a second interview Thursday with Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, another report surfaced from ESPN that the Denver Broncos had locked up a deal to make Hackett their new head coach.
ESPN said sources confirmed the deal, saying the Broncos stepped in to keep Hackett from coming to Jacksonville. NFL Network first reported the news.
NFL insider Adam Schefter said the Jaguars are still considering Byron Leftwich and Matt Eberflus for their head coaching position.
Once Nathaniel Hackett was scheduled to interview with the Jaguars today, the Broncos stepped in last night to get a deal done to prevent him from going to Jacksonville.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 27, 2022
Jaguars still considering Byron Leftwich and Matt Eberflus, a finalist for the Bears job.
Throughout Wednesday, fans were abuzz over the possibility that Leftwich, a former Jaguars quarterback, could return to lead the team in the next season.
That buzz was quelled with reports that the team is not done conducting interviews.
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union was of the first to report the Hackett interview news. It was later re-tweeted by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
It's not over yet. #Jaguars will have a second interview Thursday with Green Bay Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett, per NFL source.— Eugene Frenette (@GeneFrenette) January 27, 2022
Aaron Wilson, of the Pro Football Network, also reported: “The Jacksonville Jaguars have scheduled a second interview with Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for Thursday, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.”
But it appears that news was enough to push the Broncos to act quickly to scoop Hackett up.
Hackett spent four seasons with the Jaguars, working his way up to offensive coordinator before being fired during the 2018 season.