Let's be honest: Sean Payton deserved that.
He disrespected former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in the offseason. Payton replaced Hackett as the Denver Broncos head coach this year, and he called Hackett's work "one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL." It was an unnecessary shot at Hackett and came out of nowhere. There was no need for it.
The Broncos fired Hackett after his team made a 4-11 start last season. They traded a first- and second-round pick to the New Orleans Saints to acquire Payton, but things haven't gone to plan. Denver has made a disastrous 1-4 start to the regular season, and Payton's team gave up 70 points to the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
Hackett, now the New York Jets' offensive coordinator, got some revenge on Payton this week. His offense put up 407 total yards in the Jets' 31-21 victory over Payton's Broncos.
The Jets hadn't forgotten. They remembered Payton's comments. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Jets named Hackett their fourth captain before the game, and he received a game ball after the victory. The Jets players wanted to win this one for Hackett.
After the game, Aaron Rodgers joined in.
Aaron Rodgers sticks up for former Packers coach
In July, Rodgers called Payton "insecure" for his "inappropriate" comments about Hackett. And he made sure to dunk on Payton following the Jets' win.
Rodgers and Hackett go way back. They enjoyed a great run together with the Packers, becoming close friends. It's no surprise the two reunited in New York.
The best part? Hackett's Jets beat the Broncos without Rodgers. New York ran all over Denver's defense, rushing for 234 yards and a touchdown, averaging 7.4 yards per attempt.
Packers fans can understand why Jets players love Hackett so much. The same was true during his time in Green Bay. He brought great energy every day and helped build the Packers' dominant offense with Matt LaFleur.
While Hackett was the Packers' offensive coordinator, Rodgers won two NFL MVP awards. In 2020, Green Bay led the league in scoring.
Many Packers fans understandably want the Jets to lose games. Green Bay will receive New York's second-round draft pick, so the more games the Jets lose, the higher the selection. But it was fun to see Hackett get one over on Payton.
Worst coaching job in the history of the NFL? Payton is doing everything he can to take that title from Hackett this season.