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The top moments from 2022 Behind the Broncos:…

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The top moments from 2022 Behind the Broncos:...



On Monday, the Broncos premiered the first episode of the 2022 season of Behind the Broncos, and it did not disappoint.

Be sure to check out the full episode above, but if you want a brief overview, here’s a look at some of our favorite moments:

INSIDE THE SEARCH

Like never before, this episode allowed viewers an inside look at what goes into an NFL team’s search for a new head coach to lead the team.

In the opening minutes, we hear from several members of the team’s search committee as they discuss what they’re looking for and assess candidates.

As General Manager George Paton and the crew crisscrossed the country to conduct in-person interviews, he identified three primary qualities they were looking to find.

“We had a lot of traits,” Paton said, “but one of the top three traits we were looking for — really, number one was leadership. We wanted a natural leader — someone to galvanize our organization. Number two, I would say, is connection — someone to have a connection with the player, with the staff, with the building, with the community, with Broncos Country. So we’re really looking for that. And finally, we’re looking for the best football coach for the Denver Broncos — someone who has a brilliant football mind. It didn’t matter if it was offense, it didn’t matter if it was defense. We were just looking for the best football coach.”

From the video, we also hear about other characteristics that may have played into the search — someone with “fire,” as Vice President of Player Development Ray Jackson put it — and as the search goes on, one candidate comes to the forefront: Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

HOW HACKETT SEPARATED HIMSELF FROM THE PACK

After landing back in Broncos Country, Paton stops for a minute on the tarmac to speak about some of a just-completed interview with Hackett in glowing terms.

“Hackett — really good,” Paton said. “A lot of energy, a lot of juice. A commanding presence, a bright football mind. Has been in a lot of offensive systems, been with some great offensive minds and kind of put it all together. Green Bay obviously has a great offensive staff. So he was a really, really good interview.”

Then, in a clip from that interview, we’re able to see just how Hackett was able to make that strong impression.

“Coaches-led teams are really, really good teams,” Hackett said. “Player-led teams win championships. So I think the idea as a coach is to empower players so that they can become championship teams. I want to create an environment where everybody in the building — not just players, but every person — loves coming into the building. Everybody’s going to learn from their mistakes and celebrate the successes. And we’re going to do whatever we have to do. That’s my vision.”

Later, Hackett recalled that his interview barely even felt like one because of how natural it was.

“Going through the interview process, my experience with Denver was unbelievable,” Hackett said. “I mean, first and foremost, here comes Denver, and just the idea that it’s the Denver Broncos is incredible. But then when all those people walked in … it wasn’t really an interview. It was a conversation. It was almost like we were getting ready to start working together.”

In the week that followed, the Broncos’ committee honed in on Hackett and then hashed out the deal to make him the Broncos’ 18th head coach in franchise history.

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