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Broncos Country reacts to new head coach Nathaniel Hackett

But the conversation went immediately to speculation over whether Aaron Rodgers might also be coming to town.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

The Broncos apparently closed a deal with new head coach Nathaniel Hackett around midnight Wednesday, and broke it to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero before the sun was even up in the Mile High City on Thursday.

All signs had seemingly pointed to Dan Quinn as being atop the leaderboard in the coaching search, but reportedly Hackett impressed GM George Paton so much during his second interview Monday, that Paton didn’t want to wait on offering the position.

Suddenly Denver media was in on the action and Broncos Country was doing what Broncos Country does best...

Wondering about the quarterback.

Especially one not even on the current roster.

Given Rodgers’ drama last offseason over his rift with the GM, there’s good chance this narrative of No. 12 coming to Denver takes several more twists and turns before any true clarity is revealed.

Even if it sounds like Hackett could be a big selling point for Rodgers.

But in general, reaction to an offensive-minded head coach with an NFL pedigree and experience calling plays, seemed to be a strong plus for fans.

After watching 11 different quarterbacks and the last two defensive-minded head coaches lead the Broncos to five years of losing seasons, Broncos Country is aching for an offensive overhaul.

Hackett is known for his energy and humor in the meeting room, often quoting Will Ferrell movies to make his point. And as a former break dancer who dreamed of backing up Justin Timberlake, you know the guy has some stories.

Broncos left guard Dalton Risner told Channel 7’s Troy Renck that he is “excited, man!”

“Full faith that George Paton is getting us in the best situation to turn this thing around,” he said. “As always, damn proud to be a Bronco and excited for the future.”

Of course, not everyone was ecstatic about the hire...

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