Orchard Park, NY – The Buffalo Bills today announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been hired as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Hackett re-joins the Bills’ coaching staff after spending the previous three years at Syracuse working with head coach Doug Marrone. He was the Orange’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/tight ends coach from 2011-12 after one season as the school’s quarterbacks/passing game/tight ends coach.
The Orange offense set multiple school records in 2012 including yards per game (476.0), passing yards (3,757), touchdown passes (26), completions (295) and first downs (328). In 2012, Syracuse’s offense featured a 3,000 yard passer, 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver for the first time in a single-season in school history while generating 500 yards of offense or better in seven games.
Hackett helped guide QB Ryan Nassib to produce single-season and career records at Syracuse. Nassib stands as the Orange’s all-time leader in passing yards (9,190), completions (791) and attempts (1,312) and is second in touchdown passes (70). WR Alec Lemon caught a team-best 72 catches and led the BIG EAST in receiving yards (1,070) in 2012 while posting seven touchdown catches en route to becoming the school’s all-time leader in receptions (201) and finishing second in career receiving yards (2,596). In 2011, TE Nick Provo set a school record at his respective position with 51 catches, totaling 92 in his career.
In each of Hackett’s three years at Syracuse, the Orange offense bolstered a different running back that eclipsed the 1,000 yard barrier.
Before his three-year stint at Syracuse, Hackett spent four seasons in the NFL as an offensive quality control coach with the Buffalo Bills (2008-09) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006-07).
Hackett worked as an assistant to the offensive and defensive coordinators at Stanford from 2003-04 after spending the spring of 2003 as the assistant linebackers coach at his alma mater, U.C. Davis.
A four-year letterwinner as a linebacker and long snapper at U.C. Davis from 1999-2002, Hackett helped the Aggies to a playoff appearance in each of his four seasons and to a 41-9 record.
Source: Buffalo Bills Media