Nathaniel Hackett ’embraces’ his path to effective Broncos leadership


Hello, Bronco country!

The difference is noticeable.

You could go further if you wanted to and call it surprising.

In the first 10 days of Denver Broncos training camp, Nathaniel Hackett is already proving to be an effective leader.

He gets it.

Even if you haven’t set foot in the UC Health training facility, you can tell Hackett is in touch with its players.

It is certainly not something that could be said about the previous regime.

That’s partly because the Broncos head coach is a “hug”. This aspect of his leadership style and personality helps him connect with players.

“Yeah, I’ve been a hug since I was born,” he told the media after practice on Friday. “I think I walked out trying to kiss the nurse. It’s one of those things. It’s just who I am. I got it from my grandmother; she was the same way – my mother. This is how I grew up, and I’m not going to change. I will be me. It confuses the guys at first because you come in hot. But hey, it’s me.”

It is this connection that helps build trust with players and is so vital.

The trust players place in Hackett and his staff will put them in the best possible position to succeed. That they are on the same page and will work together to achieve what everyone in the organization expects.

That consistent relationship has been lacking at the Broncos, especially over the past three seasons.

Of course, all of this does not guarantee success on the field for Denver.

But through 10 workouts in training camp, the Broncos have a leader the players have already connected with and trust.

It’s a huge step to get this franchise back in contention.

“At the end of the day, it’s about relationships,” Hackett told the media. “You’re asking these guys to do so much, to work so hard, to work every day, to love the game, to study the game. You want them to do it for themselves, but for their whole team. , their coaches, for everyone. I think the better the relationship you have with them, the more they will open up, the more they talk to you, the more you can solve problems. All of these things are positive in getting them to play better on game day. That’s what we’re aiming for. I want to see them succeed in that area in any way possible.”

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