Broncos first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett is turning play-calling duties over to one of his offensive assistants in an attempt to help jumpstart the NFL’s worst scoring offense.
Quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak will call plays Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders, a source confirmed to The Post on Sunday morning. NFL Network first reported the change.
Kubiak called plays last season in Minnesota. He will handle the primary duties and get input from offensive coordinator Justin Outten and Hackett, a source said, but ultimately will be at the controls for Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense.
Hackett and the offensive staff worked tested out the change during practice over the course of the week and, according to a source, informed the team of the change during a team meeting on Saturday night.
Denver is averaging an NFL-low 14.6 points per game this season and has just 11 offensive touchdowns through nine games.
Kubiak was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator in 2021 and its quarterbacks coach for two years before that.
Hackett, hired in February in part because he is seen as an innovative offensive mind, said this week that his biggest adjustment as a head coach has been time management. As the offensive coordinator in Green Bay the past three years, he did not call plays.
“It’s definitely a lot when you step into this role,” he said. “My dad always told me that you never really know until you’re in that chair. You always think you know, but once you’re in it, you will see. He would always joke when I first got the job. He would say, ‘Now you’re going to see.’ There is a lot of stuff that goes on.
“I think probably the biggest thing that I have learned for me, right now, is just the ability to organize my time. The time from the game planning, with the players and with everybody around. I think that is one thing that I have had to adjust to and make sure that I give everybody the due diligence that they deserve.”
Earlier in the season Hackett had a series of questionable management decisions over the first two weeks of the season and he adjusted by hiring former Baltimore Ravens assistant Jerry Rosburg to help him navigate the myriad decisions that arise during games.
Now, can a second major move to the Broncos’ operation provide a spark?