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Mile High Morning: Risner, Cushenberry excited to work with new head coach Nathaniel Hackett


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The Broncos have announced the hiring of new head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who joins the team after serving as the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Following the news of Hackett's hiring, guard Dalton Risner and center Lloyd Cushenberry III spoke to CBS Denver’s Romi Bean to give their reactions about their new head coach.

"It's exciting," Risner told CBS. "I know he's a great offensive coordinator and really it sounds cliché, but George Paton is our GM, that's our guy, that's who we have our full faith and trust in. We know that he took time, did a lot of interviews, a lot of flying back and forth. With all that time that he spent and me just knowing George for a year, I know I have confidence that he chose the right guy." 

Risner said he is looking forward to meeting his new head coach in person when the offseason is over, and is excited to work with someone with an offensive background.

"I don't know the guy, I'm really excited to shake his hand," Risner said. "Excited to see what he's about. I think it's awesome he's a previous offensive coordinator. Our offense has a lot of strides that we need to make, so in my mind I think George made the best decision."

Cushenberry said he is also looking forward to starting fresh with an offensive-minded leader.

"I don't too much about him but he seems like a great young head coach," Cushenberry told CBS. "So I look forward to meeting him and getting more information on him. I think it was a good hire. Obviously Green Bay has a great offense every year. It's exciting. We got a lot of weapons over here in Denver. So we're going to see what we can do, and I think fans and all us players and everyone in the organization should be excited."

As part of Denver's loaded offense, Cushenberry is excited to see what the group can do under Hackett.

"Especially because he's a young guy, he's been around a lot of great players. We have a lot of explosion on our offense, so we should be excited," Cushenberry said.

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