ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Newly hired Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett continued to round out his staff, as Green Bay Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten agreed to be the offensive coordinator of the team and former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak has agreed to serve as quarterback coach/passing game coordinator, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
Since being officially introduced as the team’s head coach on Friday, Hackett has spent much of his time interviewing candidates for all of his positions.
Hackett said he will call plays, but he, Outten and Kubiak will all do the heavy lifting to try and fix one of the league’s slowest offenses. The Broncos haven’t averaged more than 23 points per game since 2014 and haven’t averaged more than 21 points per game since 2015.
And over the past six seasons, the Broncos have averaged less than 20 points per game three times, including last season when they finished 7-10.
“First and foremost, any offense you have has to be manageable and adjustable for whoever you have on your team,” Hackett said last week. “It’s about finding out what your guys do best and being able to do it over and over again and taking advantage of their skills. … I think the starting point is off the zone. The outside zone on offense is what you want to do, and you want to base that on the play pass. You want the defense to cover the whole court. You want to shoot the court. Let’s face it, that’s what the people in the stands love it, they love those bombs on the field.
The Broncos still have a major question for the quarterback to answer in the coming months as well. Drew Lock is about to enter the final year of his rookie contract, and Teddy Bridgewater is set to be an unrestricted free agent.
The Broncos have started 10 different quarterbacks — running back Phillip Lindsay also started behind center in the quarterbackless game in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns — since the middle of the 2016 season.
Outten was the Packers’ tight ends coach during Hackett’s three seasons with the team and was with the Atlanta Falcons during Kyle Shanahan’s time as offensive coordinator, so he knows the offense version well. from the West Coast that Hackett wants to run, which has roots in former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
Kubiak is also seasoned on the program, having already spent three seasons as a Broncos assistant for his father, Gary, and later Vance Joseph. Kubiak was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator last season after two years as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
“I remember watching [former Broncos quarterback] John Elway throws the ball down the field to [former Broncos wide receiver Ed] McCaffrey on all those fake boots. It was amazing. This is really where this system evolved and was created. You always go for that and mix that West Coast premise of the fallback game,” Hackett said.