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Broncos' puzzling coaching decision cost them against Seahawks

Come and play a game! You are the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Offensively, you have Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy (who caught a 64-yard touchdown pass earlier in the game), Javonte Williams and QB Russell Wilson, and two timeouts at your disposal. Here are Nos. 4 and 5 on the Seattle Seahawks’ 46-yard line with 20 seconds left.


A) GO UP WITH Russell Wilson and the Broncos Offense


B) Try a 64-yard field goal

If you choose B, you’re probably just the Broncos owner Coach Nathaniel Hackett! The Broncos were one point behind Monday night’s football game against the Seattle Seahawks when Hackett opted to attempt a 64-yard field goal rather than simply pitching in the 4th and 5th.

In fact, Brandon McManus didn’t play well, and the Broncos lost 17-16 to the Seahawks. The most confusing part of this decision was the purely analytical part of choosing the kick. Going into the night, McManus was 1-7 from 60 yards and above and 2-29 from 60 yards and above since 2000, according to TruMedia. Those numbers were not good for McManus, but Hackett chose to send him out anyway.

The response is similar to what you expected:

Sorry, I slept 11 hours straight, but a pro football coach chose to kick a 64 yard last night A field goal instead of letting Russell Wilson try fourth and middle? – BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) September 13, 2022

Brian Flores’ lawsuit should be won for what Nathaniel Hackett just did.

— Carron J. Phillips (@carronJphillips) September 13, 2022

However, the Manningcast is delightful in this moment. It’s a reminder that Shannon Sharp is gold.

Of course, this also has the Russell Wilson part. Take the ball away from your $246 million QB, you traded a bunch of draft picks for the game, kicked the second-longest field goal in the NFL HISTORY is certainly a choice that can be made. However, Hackett’s postgame words were the most hateful:

Hackett said he felt they had a better chance starting at 64 than dropping 5-6 yards in the fourth. It felt like they didn’t move the ball on the final hit. #Broncos

— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) September 13, 2022

Just…wow. Did Hackett trust Wilson enough to get 1st in 4th and 5th? 3rd and 5th conversions for the Broncos at the drive! Plus, when Wilson threw the ball to Javonte Williams with 1:03 left, it was enough time to pause and get a game that could move the chain. I mean, Hackett is the ball handler for the Broncos, and he definitely has what Wilson wants.

This was one of the worst coaching decisions I’ve ever seen. Over-conservation in the potential game-winning driver (passing to death via the screen) and inefficient use of timeouts both contributed to the field goal decision. Like Hackett knew it was going to be planned the entire time. If yes, why? Isn’t that why you went to Russell Wilson?

Wilson and the offense have some ironing to do, but if you can’t trust them at this moment, Then there is nothing to do.



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