The Denver Broncos are expected to hire Green Bay Packers tight end coach Justin Outten as their next offensive coordinator.
Media reported on Tuesday that the Broncos have offered Outten the job and an official announcement is forthcoming.
“According to a source, the #Broncos are offering the Denver offensive coordinator job to #Packers TE coach Justin Outten with official word expected soon,” NBC Milwaukee’s Allan said. tweeted.
“LaFleur probably has two openings on his team: QBs (to replace Luke Getsy) and TEs (to replace Justin Outten once he’s officially named OC in Denver.)” echoes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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On Sunday, quoting Silverstein, 9News’ Mike Klis reported “all the signs pointto Outten reuniting with former Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett, now Denver head coach. An interview was then requested and approved.
Outten recently completed his third season in Green Bay, overseeing the development of TEs Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis and Dominique Dafney. His commendables include Tonyan’s 11-touchdown 2020 campaign in which Tonyan became a favorite target for star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Outten’s resume also includes a three-year stint in Atlanta — first as a trainee coach (2016), then as an offensive assistant coach (2017-18) — where he straddled the outgoing coach. of the TE Broncos, Wade Harman. It’s unclear whether Hackett will retain Harman, a holdover from the Vic Fangio era, in his 2022 squad.
Assuming the T’s are crossed and dotted, Outten will have beaten the only other known contender for the Broncos gig: Chargers TE coach Kevin Koger. In reality, he was Hackett’s third pick after former Packers QB coach Luke Getsy left for Chicago and Green Bay promoted offensive line coach Adam Stenvavich.
“Again, we’re going to work on all of that,” Hackett said during his Jan. 28 introductory press conference for pipelining coaches. “They’re all Packers assistants. There’s a whole process that we have to go through and it’s great to learn the process through how they’ve done everything they’ve done with me. It’s great how we have these processes, and we’re going to get through all of this.
In Denver, Outten will lead an underperforming but talent-rich unit rooted in every position – from running back (Javonte Williams) to wide receiver (Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler) to tight end (Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam) and offensive line (Garett Bolles, Quinn Meinerz) — except under center.
But his arrival, coupled with the presence of Hackett, who will call offensive plays, further bolsters the possibility that Rodgers will complete the triumvirate, solving Denver’s long-standing problem at the sport’s most important position.
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