Nathaniel Hackett ran stairs at Broncos’ stadium before his first game as head coach

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Players weren’t the only ones nervous before the Denver Broncos’ preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday evening.

Before the game, Nathaniel Hackett was seen running stairs at Empower Field at Mile High, presumably to counter nerves ahead of his first game as a head coach in the NFL.

Check out the video, courtesy of KMGH-TV’s Nick Rothschild:

Though it was only preseason, Hackett’s debut was certainly a success. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-7 and Hackett’s game management and clock management both looked like big improvements from the team’s previous regime.

“It’s always great to win, it is,” Hackett said after the game. “But, you know, in the end, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Hackett was unhappy with the team’s rushing attack in particular. Denver was held to just 39 rushing yards on 22 attempts, a dismal 1.8 yards per carry average. So the victory wasn’t perfect, but overall, Hackett’s off to a good start with the Broncos.

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