I thought I’d kick off 2009′s offseason coverage with a little prediction.
Paul Hackett will be the Offensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Or at least he should be.
Matt Barrows is reporting that Paul Hackett is being considered for the Offensive Coordinator position ( http://tinyurl.com/ddnopm ). He is the best candidate since Scott Linehan to be a part of the discussion for the future Offensive Coordinator.
First of all, Hackett already works for the Oakland Raiders, so he likely wants to stay in the Bay Area. His sons already have experience working in the league, so he doesn’t have the parental responsibility that Scott Linehan apparently so deeply values (sarcasm).
Second, Paul Hackett is a West Coast guy, having guided Chad Pennington to two of his best seasons as a quarterback, and also having coached Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown and Quincy Carter to 90+ ratings in their respective seasons. A man who has done that with McCown and Carter? Genius.
Now, let’s look at his stats. If we want a West Coast guy, who has helped QB’s with less than stellar arms but accurate and mobile, who has shown a penchant for loyalty to a coaching staff, who has plenty of successful coaching experience both in College and in the NFL, Paul Hackett is the best choice.
2001: 27 passing 4 Rushing
Struggled with Vinny Testaverde at the helm, but Curtis Martin posted 1513 yards.
2002: 17 passing 22 Rushing
The rankings belie the fact that Pennington posted a 104 rating on the year, completed a whopping 68% of his passes and threw 22 TD’s. A fantastic season for any QB. Martin struggled with injury but still managed to post 1094 yards.
2003: 13 passing 25 Rushing
Pennington was injured for much of the season, but still he and Testaverde completed 62% and Vinny had a 90 rating on the year. Martin still ran for 1308 yards on the season.
2004: 22 passing 3 Rushing
Pennington had a quiet year of only 2673 yards, but still managed a 91 rating and 16 TD’s. The best part about this season was that Quincy Carter posted a 98 rating and averaged 8.6 yards per attempt. QUINCY CARTER! And oh yeah, Curtis Martin put up 1697 yards.
2005 to 2007 he was the Quarterbacks Coach under John Gruden in Tampa Bay. His best season came when Jeff Garcia and Luke McCown both posted 90+ ratings on the season.
I’m going out on the limb. If I’m wrong, then I’m wrong, but this is the first candidate I actually have full confidence in going forward. I didn’t in Linehan, don’t with Jagodzinski, and didn’t with Chudzinski. Paul Hackett is the coach for me.
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