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Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett Is A Sneaky Great Fit For The Bears

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It is not often that I am willing to fully embrace the idea of employing one of your rivals in a position as highly-regarded as NFL head coach, but this just might be the exception to that rule.

It is not often that I am willing to fully embrace the idea of employing one of your rivals in a position as highly-regarded as NFL head coach, but this just might be the exception to that rule.

With the Chicago Bears in the midst of the most important head coaching search in the franchise’s 102-year history, many fans are smitten with the likes of Brian Flores, Brian Daboll, and the ever-polarizing Jim Harbaugh. But one name completely lost in the mix is Green Bay Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

Hackett, who was hired along with current Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, has a wealth of experience implementing a spread West Coast offense-type scheme concentrated around a wide zone running game. Why is that so critical, you ask? Because — as the Matt Nagy era has taught us — an offense that best fits a team’s personnel is the single defining aspect of a quality head coach. Hackett offers just that.

Despite the Bears’ offensive struggles over the past three seasons, they have actually been able to run the ball exceptionally well when under center, but have struggled with pass-blocking for pure spread concepts. Putting two and two together, the ideal scheme would consist of sets under center with a high-volume running game and passing concepts derived from such an attack (i.e., bootlegs, nakeds, waggles, play-action passes, etc.). Even more granularly-speaking, such passing concepts would incorporate pre-snaps shifts and motions as well as formations that exploit weaknesses in the intermediate part of opposing defenses (think the five defenders on the back-end of a Wide-Nine defense). This system is as quarterback-friendly as possible, and will provide him a nice confidence boost, something that — while essential for all quarterbacks — becomes absolutely imperative for young quarterbacks such as Justin Fields.

But that’s not all. Hackett checks the intangibles box as well. As Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated, "[Hackett] is a great coach. I love spending time with him. He’s a fantastic teacher. He’s incredible in front of the room.". I understand quarterbacks should publicly rave about their own offensive coordinator, but Rodgers’ words were put to the test when QB Collective, a national quarterback development academy, hosted Hackett for a brief film session, during which his intangibles were on full display.

Though he isn't one of the hot names on the market, Hackett would be a flawless fit. One can only wonder whether or not he will receive the opportunity. Here's to hoping.

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