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How head coach Nathaniel Hackett devises a game plan

Hackett’s process will pick up where it last left off.

Almost immediately after the Broncos’ previous game, Hackett will watch the tape from the day before to make corrections. On Monday evening, the coaching staff will meet to assess their recent performance. At that meeting, Hackett says he’ll go over “some quality control stuff to see who I am, what I’ve been doing [and] what has been successful.”

The process is known around the league as self-scanning and is a standard part of the Broncos’ weekly plan.

The coaches then retire to do their own work for the next matchup. For Hackett, that job includes getting as much tape as possible into the Broncos’ next opponent.

“I try to watch as many games as I can [to] have a great idea of ​​who they are [and] what they are,” says Hackett.

Then he can go to work turning the Broncos’ playbook into a game plan.

It’s important to realize that each week’s game plan contains only a fraction of the Broncos’ total play package. Through the offseason program and training camp, Hackett has essentially installed his system three different times. By the end of the second week of training camp, the facility was complete, and the Broncos’ coaching staff gave their players plenty to think about. In comparison, the content of the one-week game plan will seem relatively simple to master.

“It fluctuates, but it’s not even close to what we’ve been putting them through right now,” Hackett says of the percentage of total plays he’ll include in a game plan. “You want to make it as hard as you can now, so once you get to a game plan, it’s very specific, very situational, and they know exactly what’s going to happen.”

They’ll know, in part, because the options available to them don’t change after boot camp. Hackett says he doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night during the season, looking for a piece of paper to write down a new play. There may be some ideas for tweaking certain elements, but Hackett has a lot of faith in the system.

“Typically the way we build our playbook [is] that we have a little bit of everything to attack anywhere,” says Hackett.


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