According to Jason La Canfora, the Falcons have started compiling a list of head coaching candidates and have come away impressed with Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett.
La Canfora notes Falcons team president Rich McKay, who will have a huge hand in the search for a new head coach, has Hackett very much on his radar due to connections on Atlanta’s current staff.
Hackett’s name has come up several times in internal discussions and he is a strong bet to get at least an interview.
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy is another potential target for Atlanta’s head coaching vacancy, per La Canfora.
Hackett, 40, began his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers back in 2006 as an offensive quality control coach. After two years in Tampa Bay, the Bills hired him for the same position.
Hackett later became the QB/TEs coach at Syracuse and worked his way up to offensive coordinator a year later. After Doug Marrone was hired as the Bills’ head coach, Hackett returned to Buffalo as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Hackett followed Marrone to the Jaguars and served as their offensive coordinator for three seasons before being fired. He joined the Packers in 2019.