Nathaniel Hackett most likely has a long career ahead of him as head coach of the Denver Broncos, but his tenure has gotten off to a bad start.
The Broncos traded for Russell Wilson, one of the best midfielders in football, but paid a hefty price for his service. They gave away three players, three 2022 draft picks – including a first and second pick – and a 2023 first and second pick.
In turn, it was a monumental sale and a sizable boon for the Seahawks, who gave away their franchise, the Super Bowl winner, the nine-time Pro Bowler quarterback. Even so, the Broncos went all out in exchange for Wilson, but apparently, all was not well.
In the first game of the season against the Seahawks, to watch Hackett take the ball away from Wilson in a game against his old team on Monday Night Football…it was confusing.
Here’s how it happens:
The Broncos led by Wilson got the football back on track after a 4:2 hit of their own hit 22 to start the game, 17-16. The stage was set for Wilson to at least take a one-goal lead in the winning game, and although that was ultimately attempted, the path down couldn’t have been worse for Hackett and his team.
Credit the Seahawks for tying a 4th and 5th after stopping a rotation pass in the apartment on the 3rd and 14th. Remember that the Broncos played at Seattle 46, which means they had a one-time lead. target at 64 yards. They also have two timeouts and one of the best quarterbacks in the league at their disposal, however, the decision was too easy, right?
Hackett, Aaron Rodgers’ offensive coordinator in Green Bay for the past few seasons, opted to have Wilson take a five-yard shot, call a timeout and then resume driving (with a lapse of time). timeout is still in their pocket, mind you) to see if they can make it an easier target.
Instead, the NFL’s first-time head coach decided to let the clock run down 20 seconds before attempting to score a 64-yard goal in the fourth minute, which the Broncos predicted missed.