How the Chicago Bears Benefit from Hiring Paul Hackett
One of the great strategic bonuses of free agency is that teams signing a player from a division rival help them in two ways.
They can hurt the opponent and also strengthen themselves.
The Bears found out all about it when the Green Bay Packers signed safety Adrian Amos in free agency in 2019. Eddie Jackson hasn’t been the same player since he had Amos in high school with him. The Packers secondary has started to rise and is now deep and talented.
Would it work that way by waiving a Packers coach? That’s probably not the case if the Bears signed Nathaniel Hackett as head coach, because the Packers have other coaches they could promote and head coach Matt LaFleur would still be around.
Sure, that could elevate the Bears.
Hackett, the son of longtime NFL coordinator Paul Hackett, is a vital part of the Packers offense as an organizer and also someone all players love for his unique sense of humor. He’s a true renaissance man, as a hip-hop dance instructor and neurobiology major who nearly became a doctor. Hackett regularly has players in stitches in Green Bay in training camp or trains with his schtick.
He is also a very good offensive trainer and is particularly good at mixing the running game with the passing.
It’s something the Bears were sorely lacking under Matt Nagy.
Hackett is so good that when he had Blake Bortles drafted as a quarterback while OC at Jacksonville in 2017, they managed to finish 17th in passing and sixth in overall offense. It was the same season they led the NFL in rushing at 141.4 yards per game and went to the AFC title game.
Hackett had similar production of other offenses, like finishing second as a team in rushing with CJ Spiller as his best rushing winner in 2013 at Buffalo or Green Bay finishing second, first and first in committing the fewest turnovers. Having Aaron Rodgers at quarterback doesn’t hurt in that regard, obviously, but the Packers’ ground game still seems like it could ignite when needed.
The Packers’ 24 turnovers in 2019-20 were the second fewest in league history over a two-year span. They played 19 games in those two years with no turnover.
Hackett doesn’t call plays, obviously, with LaFleur doing. However, he’s done it in the past with Buffalo and Jacksonville.
Hackett is like many of the coaching candidates the Bears have on their roster so far in that he is being chased by other teams.
In fact, only Brian Flores and Leslie Frazier on the Bears’ list of known potential coaches haven’t been pursued by other teams.
Denver Broncos are in love with Hackett, says Mile High Huddle, though there’s a lot more to it than to simply love him as a coach.
Unless Rodgers also accompanies Hackett to another team in another division or conference like Denver, the Bears could be doomed to face their would-be owner, the dreaded No. 12, twice a year during the number of matches. years that he wants to continue playing.
However, it is possible that they will benefit greatly simply by giving up his offensive coordinator.
Considering the Hackett Packers have averaged 33 points in their last five games against the Bears, that couldn’t hurt.
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