If Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett cares so much about accountability, he can start with demoting himself.


If Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett gave two spits about accountability, Melvin Gordon would be Houston’s or Charlotte’s problem right now.

Over the Broncos’ first four tilts, the NFL’s Mr. Butterfingers posted four times as many fumbles (four) as touchdowns (one).

After playing only nine offensive snaps in Los Angeles in Week 6, national television cameras caught Gordon pouting on the sideline one minute, then shaking his head and commiserating with a clearly disgruntled Jerry Jeudy the next.

Asked about his tailback’s curious displays and his dwindling playing time, Hackett said this:

“Melvin didn’t do anything wrong. We just didn’t have a lot of plays. We’ll have a conversation.”

They did. And, Gordon hasn’t left the starting lineup since.

Heck, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s charting, the percentage of offensive snaps for Mel G over the last three games — 51% vs. the Jets, 56% against the Jags and 54% vs. Tennessee — are the most he’s seen over any three-game stretch with the Orange and Blue since Weeks 7-9 of last season.

So when Hackett talks about “holding myself accountable, the coaches accountable and the players accountable,” as he did after a 17-10 loss to the Titans on Sunday, cry me a river, pal. And color me a skeptic.

It’s not just that the Broncos lack depth. Or that they lack NFL-ready offensive linemen. Or that they lack wideouts who actually scare people. Or that they lack basic football discipline and common sense in a league where those little things — not talent, EVERYBODY’S got talent — make the difference between 7-10 and 10-7.

It’s that they lack consequences.


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