Melvin Gordon Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) runs the ball as Indianapolis Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke (58) defends in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more shocking things to come out of Week 6 of the NFL season was the Denver Broncos’ decision to bench starting running back Melvin Gordon.

Gordon has been a staple in Denver’s running game for the past two seasons but saw only three carries Monday night in favor of veteran running back Latavius Murray.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett discussed the decision to bench Gordon earlier this week, saying that he “didn’t do anything wrong.”

He also added that he and Gordon would have a discussion of where he goes from here, and it appears that this discussion happened on Wednesday.

Hackett announced on Wednesday that Gordon will start for the Broncos in their Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets.

This comes just two days after Gordon was benched for the majority of the game, and many are shocked to hear that this change of heart has happened so quickly.

Gordon certainly appeared to be agitated with his situation in Denver and even liked tweets following the game that indicated he wanted a trade.

It certainly isn’t a great look for Hackett to flip-flop so easily on his decision to bench Gordon, and it makes it difficult to pull him out again if he continues to struggle. Gordon has rushed for 201 yards on 55 carries this year, a sub-par 3.7 yards per carry, and he has four fumbles.

Hackett has received a ton of criticism thus far this season due to his questionable decision-making.

The Broncos have underperformed thus far, sitting at 2-4 with some serious struggles on offense.

If things don’t improve quickly Hackett could find himself on the hot seat in his first year in Denver, and he will hope that Gordon plays a big role in helping to turn things around.

[James Palmer]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.