The Denver Broncos have named Jerry Rosburg as interim head coach, it was announced Monday, after Nathaniel Hackett was let go.
Hackett, in his first season as an NFL head coach, was fired a day after the struggling Broncos were crushed 51-14 by the Los Angeles Rams on Christmas Day. The Broncos were 4-11 under him.
In a statement, owner Greg Penner said, “On behalf of our ownership and our organization, I want to thank Nathaniel Hackett for his dedication as head coach of the Denver Broncos. We sincerely appreciate Nathaniel’s efforts and wish him and his family all the best for the future.
Penner said the change was made “out of respect for everyone involved” and the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.
“We recognize and appreciate the championship history of this organization, and we understand that we have not reached that standard. Our fans deserve much better, and I can’t say enough about their loyalty during such a difficult time for our team,” Penner continued.
“Going forward, we will carefully assess every aspect of our football operations and make the changes necessary to restore this franchise’s winning tradition.”
In the meantime, Rosburg will take charge. The 67-year-old was hired by the Broncos as a senior assistant in September.
He has 40 years of coaching experience, having spent 11 years with the Ravens as special teams coordinator/associate head coach before joining the Broncos.