HC Nathaniel Hackett is enjoying the challenging final stretch of the 2022 season

The Broncos’ final few games on the 2022 schedule will be a tough test – and that’s perfectly fine with coach Nathaniel Hackett.

In an extended interview on “The Neutral Zone,” the official podcast for the Broncos hosted by Phil Milani and Aric DiLalla, Hackett said the eventual extension will help prepare his team for a potential post-season.

The challenging race of games begins in Week 13 with a trip to Baltimore. Denver then hosts presidents and cardinals before heading out on the road to play rams and chiefs. The Broncos will end their season with a Week 18 match against the Chargers.

“Being able to take on the best teams in the NFL is what you’re after,” Hackett said on the podcast. “It’s about being given battle tests, being able to know where you are, what you need to do, how you need to improve, every single time. Because in the end, that’s how you play football in December. Be prepared for December football, And starting with the Chiefs – really, Baltimore – and then all those games in December through January now with this 17th game. But I mean, I think that’s how you have to peak in time. Everyone wants to start fast, and everyone wants to It’s great at first. But I mean, we all have to understand that it’s about how you finish. In the end, that’s what it is. That’s how you challenge the players, because it’s about the playoffs, it’s about how you get in there, how you feel there and how you keep going. Rolling over.”

Against The Chiefs, in particular, Hackett said he wants his team to take the opportunity to seize their 13-game winning streak.

“It’s all new here now, so it’s a fresh start for everyone,” said Hackett. “For us, it’s a prime-time match. It’s going to be incredibly exciting, to see Patrick Mahomes – Russell Wilson, two great defenses, two great attacks. It’s about getting out and doing. Then we’ll have the fans behind us because it’s going to be a home game, which makes it even more exciting, Because I know those night games can get a little wild. That’s what we need. We need everyone. Not just us. It’s the entire crew, it’s the fans, everyone in the building. We just have to be on the same page. And like I said, one week. Every time, that week we will see what matches we have and we will make sure to follow up with them.”

However, Hackett’s vision did not stop there. Here’s a look at some of his best comments from his appearance on the show:

The Broncos have struggled at home in recent years, and Hackett knows there is only one remedy to bring back the advantage that Denver previously held at Empower Field at Mile High.

“Winning,” said Hackett. “Showing a great product on the field, showing cohesion, showing the players celebrating together, showing the players playing for each other. Those are the things that you have to do. That’s what brings teams together to be able to get through those hard times, because you even look at a game and you might You don’t do well in the first quarter. The idea works great in the fourth. All you have to do is to win the game. And at home, it’s a great feature. This stadium, these fans. It’s unbelievable. I remember playing here, I think it was ’14 The place was shaking. We have to take advantage of that. When you have an audience rolling in with you, you get these smart crowds who know when to be silent and when to be loud, it’s hard for the opponent. I think that’s something we can take advantage of. And we just have to win. In In the end, this game is about winning and that’s what we have to do.”

The Broncos will waste no time preparing for Russell Wilson’s return trip to Seattle – and Hackett said there are benefits to getting out of the game early.

“The great thing is Russell, he’s very mentally strong,” said Hackett. “I think he knew it was going to happen at some point. It’s almost good that it’s coming early. But I think it’s going to be an exciting time. It’s, ‘This is this new team that he’s part of,’ and we rally around and support him as he’s had a lot of success.” And I think that’s one of those things – just be there for him. Be there for him, get a great plan for him, kick him out excited to be able to play inside himself and do what Russell does.”

The Broncos will face the rams on Christmas Day, and Hackett has talked about holiday travel and his favorite Christmas movies.

“The good thing about Santa is that he can travel anywhere,” said Hackett. “He can show up early, show up a little later. He knows, he sees it all. But from a movie standpoint, I’d say, ‘Oh my God, my kids are watching ‘Home Alone’ a whole bunch.” Home alone” is big. You have “Christmas Vacation,” which is a favourite. “Elf”—I mean, who doesn’t love Will Ferrell. I’m a big movie guy, so over Christmas we have a rule in our cast room: TV should be Shown in classic movies all the time.So Christmas time is always the best because you get all those cool stuff [movies] – “Jingle all the way”, all those good ones. But no, it would be fun to be there. The Rams are the title holders, and to be able to play on Christmas Day is a huge honor. It’s exciting, but the players have to take on the big challenge, and it’s going to be fun.”

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