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Broncos hire assistant coach to advise Nathaniel Hackett on game management

Mike Florio and Chris Simms try to make sense of Nathaniel Hackett's press conference comments, and wonder if he's going to be the right person for the job moving forward under new ownership.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has made several questionable game-management decisions in his first two games on the job, and now the team is trying to rectify the situation.

The Broncos have hired Jerry Rosburg with the title of senior assistant, and he will sit in the booth during games and advise Hackett on his decision making, according to Mike Klis of 9 News.

Rosburg spent the week in Denver and was working Broncos practices, but the hiring didn’t become finalized until Friday. Rosburg will be in the booth for Sunday night’s game against the 49ers.

Hackett is in his first year as a head coach and assembled a fairly inexperienced coaching staff, and questions have been raised about whether the staff is up to the task of making the optimal decisions during the high-pressure environment of games. Those questions were particularly pointed after the Broncos’ strange decision to run down the clock before attempting a 64-yard field goal at the end of their Week One loss to the Seahawks. In Week Two, Broncos fans became so frustrated with the team’s slow pace that they began counting down the seconds remaining on the play clock to try to help the offense avoid delay of game penalties.

The 66-year-old Rosburg last coached in Baltimore, spending 11 seasons with the Ravens from 2008 to 2018.