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Mile High Morning: Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett details what success would look like in Year 1 in appearance on 'The Neutral Zone' podcast


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As the Broncos work on building their roster, the focus will soon turn to the upcoming season — especially with the start of the team's offseason program expected to begin in early April.

At that point, Nathaniel Hackett will meet with the team for the first time and begin to put in the work on the field that will help determine how his first season as head coach will unfold and answer this key question: What should Broncos fans expect success to look like from their 2022 team?

In a guest appearance on’s “The Neutral Zone” podcast with Phil Milani and Aric DiLalla, Hackett shared his expectations about both style of play and results.

"It's about putting that product on the field, getting the fans excited and having explosive plays on offense, getting takeaways on defense, special teams getting yards and making explosive plays, also," Hackett said. "I think everybody says, 'You've got to do this and you've got to do that' each year, but I think it's [about] everybody feeling the progress, feeling the energy.

"For us, it's always about getting to the playoffs. In the end, that's what we want to do. That's why we do this, to get to the dance. Once you're there, it's a totally new ball game. For me, I'm always going to try to look to get to the playoffs, always look to win the division. Those are the things we'll always talk about in the building. It's going to be a challenge, but that's what we're going to be focused on."

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At the Combine in Indianapolis, Hackett and the Broncos' front office will have a chance to see top draft prospects up close and in person as they compete in drills or during an interview setting, and one interesting name to watch will be Liberty's Malik Willis.

In a group of quarterbacks with no unquestioned top player, Willis has considerable upside given his athletic abilities, and that could make him an attractive prospect for the Broncos, as’s Lance Zierlein writes.

"The Broncos have a very talented runner in Javonte Williams who should fit nicely into the inside/outside zone concept that new head coach [Nathaniel] Hackett is likely to bring over," Zierlein writes. "It just so happens that zone-read concepts are easy to run out of inside zone, while run/pass bootleg-action is the perfect complement for outside zone. Add it all up, and Willis is a potential offensive fit for the Broncos."

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