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Examining Nathaniel Hackett’s schematic tendencies and comparing them to Derek Carr’s strengths/weaknesses

We know Aaron Rodgers would fit seamlessly into Nathaniel Hackett’s New York Jets offense. Rodgers has already won two MVP awards with Hackett as his offensive coordinator.

The more interesting question is whether Derek Carr would fit into Hackett’s offense.

Let’s break down some of Hackett’s play-calling tendencies over the past four seasons (with both Green Bay and Denver) and see whether Carr’s strengths and weaknesses match up with the things Hackett likes to do.

Using data from NFL Next Gen Stats, here is a look at how often Hackett’s starting quarterbacks targeted each route type (quantified by the percentage of their pass attempts that targeted a receiver running the particular route type). These numbers are compiled from the combination of Aaron Rodgers’ 2019-21 seasons and Russell Wilson’s 2022 season:

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Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at] - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
9 months ago

It’s always been my thought the OC should be adjusting to the players on the field, not the other way. If so we could have stayed with Lefleur.
Carr is the most talented guy not to soon hit 40 and will not cost picks which will be needed to fill holes.
. Getting what looked and sounds like a player who can take of leave football at this point giving up any assets is silly when you combine it with his salary
At his age I think Rodgers is interested in the $100m due but not so much in putting in the work needed to win big.
With that said, if not Carr, I would skip Aaron and go to Jimmy G.

9 months ago

Curious, do you think Hackett called those routes because it suited Rodgers it was his preference? After a year with Russell, maybe Hackett will learn from square peg round hole.

9 months ago
Reply to  Michael Nania

Well if true, that will be a nice change of pace with our OC adapting to his players and not vice versa