Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to make his highly anticipated regular season debut with the New York Jets in September. But in just a month, Rodgers and the Jets will start working on the offensive system in earnest during training camp.
Nathaniel Hackett, who is familiar with Rodgers from his time with the Packers, will serve as the Jets’ offensive coordinator. Hackett will have the task of developing the offensive scheme and ordering the plays.
But on Thursday, he revealed that the four-time NFL MVP will have a considerable amount of «freedom» when it comes to the team’s offense.
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«I think there’s going to be some freedom with Aaron, and as we got further into the Green Bay system, there was definitely more freedom as we went along,» Hackett told Peter Schrager on «The Season» podcast.
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Hackett added that he is building the Jets’ overall offensive philosophy with Rodgers in mind.
«We’re just going to continue with it because you have to take advantage of a guy like Aaron who is so smart and understands it. So, [we’re] trying to build this for him and build it so that when he sees certain things, he can do all kinds of things and put us in the best position possible.»
Hackett had a three-year stint with the Packers from 2019 to 2021. He then left to assume the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos. His career in the Mile High City was short-lived due to the Broncos’ disappointing start to the season, and he was fired after 15 games.
But the Rodgers-Hackett duo is much more of a proven product. Rodgers had 12,416 passing yards and 111 touchdowns when he was paired with Hackett in Green Bay.
«I just want to see Aaron play the best football he’s ever played in his career,» Hackett told Schrager. «That was a lot of fun to be a part of when we were in Green Bay, and I want to see him get to where he wants to be, achieve what he wants to achieve.»
Rodgers will try to live up to some lofty expectations in a significantly larger media market. Once Rodgers’ arrival was made official, the Jets were instantly thrust into the pool of potential Super Bowl contenders.
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The Jets currently have the seventh-best odds to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.