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Hackett Finally Gets The Hatchet

By Courtesy, NY Jets
January 19th, 2005
It’s news that will likely cause thousands of Jets fans to celebrate with glee, the Jets announced that Offensive Coordinator Paul Hackett has resigned.

Hackett, 57, joined the Jets on January 24, 2001 after having served as the head coach for the University of Southern California from 1998-2000. A veteran of 35 years of coaching, with 16 years of experience on the NFL level, Hackett compiled a 91-53 record as an offensive coordinator, along with seven playoff appearances and four divisions in his nine seasons overseeing the offensive play-calling and game-planning. He broke into the professional coaching ranks in 1981 as the quarterbacks coach of the Cleveland Browns (1981-82) before moving onto the San Francisco 49ers from 1983-’85 and the Dallas Cowboys from 1986-’88. Following four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, Hackett returned to the pro level as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 1993-‘97 before taking over at USC.

“Paul Hackett and I sat down and had a heart-to-heart conversation today," said Edwards. "I have known Coach Hackett since 1972, and have a tremendous amount of respect for him and the knowledge that he possesses, and the job that he has performed so diligently the past four seasons. Paul has worked tirelessly in his efforts on our behalf, and we appreciate the commitment he has made and his hard work. He has been a significant contributor to the team’s success and the development of several key offensive players for us. With that being said, I have accepted Paul’s resignation from the offensive coordinator’s post at this point in time. Looking at what we need to do to move forward, Paul recognized that a change needed to be made for a number of different reasons. We will now begin the process of identifying and interviewing candidates for the position with the goal of increasing our offensive productivity and consistency. He’s a good man, a good father, a good football coach, and has been loyal to our program and what we’ve strived to achieve. All of us wish him the best of luck in the future. ”

“Coach Edwards and I agreed that the time was right to move in another direction," said Hackett. "There are other opportunities that I would like to explore at this point in time. I leave knowing that I’ve worked extremely hard and had a hand in the organization’s recent success. We’ve enjoyed some wonderful moments and went to the playoffs in three-of-the-last-four years, something that has never happened in the history of this organization. I depart knowing that the team is in the capable hands of a dynamic young quarterback in Chad Pennington, a future Hall of Fame running back in Curtis Martin, and good young players at the skill positions and along the offensive line. I wish Coach Edwards, the coaching staff, the players and the staff nothing but continued success.”

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