Broncos have coach Hackett’s back

Everything is positive, says the distinguished Dre’Mont Jones. Who hasn’t had a beginner struggle?

Englewood, Colorado. Don’t bother with what everyone says on sports television and radio, or write in opinion blogs and newspapers.

Here’s what the players inside the Denver Broncos locker room have to say about their abysmal coach Nathaniel Hackett having the most influence on how the team performs in their next game on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dremont Jones, Denver’s top linebacker, tells the man, the Broncos players stand by their coach.

“We’re all very positive,” Jones said in an interview Wednesday with 9NEWS. “I can speak for everyone about that. He’s going through those start-up problems like we all did when we first got into the league. Just adjusting things and getting used to it. Obviously this isn’t his first training year, but it’s his first time as a head coach and he’s making those important decisions.

“I’m not really worried about the coach suffering. A few things have happened in the previous couple games and that’s fine. I still have all the confidence in the world in Coach Hackett.”

Maybe if the Broncos were 0-2 and Hackett was taking his time while making the wrong decisions, the players might grumble and wonder. But they are not. They beat Houston by 16-9, and the collective mood of the players goes as the team wins and loses. If Hackett filled soccer balls with helium and the Broncos won, the players would admire the coach for bringing the extra lift.

“We just stick with him,” defensive captain Bradley Chubb said. “We’re at a stage where we’re 1-1. We know we could be 2-0, but we’ve had bugs and things like that. So we don’t wither from it, and we’re not going to face it. Everyone is on the same page, everyone is locked in and trying to push this thing to 2. -1”.

The 49 is coached by Denver’s favorite son (and Mike and Peggy) Kyle Shanahan. He was asked about his initial experiences and struggles with managing the game during his first games as San Francisco coach in 2017.

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“It’s not always about being in the play,” Shanahan said on a conference call Wednesday with the media in Denver. “You need receiver replacements. You need your midfielder to get to the line. There’s a lot of things that go into it. You’re always in charge of that, but it takes a whole team to do it the right way, and it’s a little more difficult early on, Especially when you are playing with a group of new players.

“So it takes time to do. I mean, I remember my first game, I went to it four times. And they were the kind of people I never had to go through and never did before. And that’s when I realized, you can’t think like the coordinators. These are all experiences that go through.” It’s the first time, but he’s done it for a while and you guys have a good coach there and a very good offensive communicator.”

Hackett reiterated on Wednesday that game management and decision-making have been a priority this week, adding that General Manager George Patton and Assistant General Manager Darren Moggi have been involved in the process.

“It’s something we jumped into and wanted to make sure we could get better at that,” Hackett said. “And it starts with me. I try to do everything I can do to put myself in a better position to make faster, faster and more effective decisions. George, Mouge all these guys have been so amazing helping me through that process. This is something new for me. And I think we’ll get some Good answers as we go forward.”

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The quarterback, Russell Wilson, is also optimistic – Wilson sees nothing in life any other way.

“I’m definitely confident in what we’re going to do,” Wilson said. “It’s a new week. It’s the start of the season and we’re continuing to improve in every area.

“I think the biggest thing we want to eliminate is the penalties. It’s on us as players more than anything to make sure we take that out of the game, because that puts you second, 25, second, 21, second, 22. This is not good against good football teams .

“I trust Coach Hackett a lot. Also, we trust our team as well. No matter the scenarios, no matter what we do, we are confident we will get it done.”

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