4 major concerns following Broncos’ horrendous loss in Seattle
Clock management was terrible
Of course, the final sequence in this game will be talked about for some time, but the overall management of this game by the Broncos just wasn’t good. The play clock running out a couple of times and nearly running out on several others when the offense just didn’t look ready, is of concern.
But the end of this game was just ridiculous.
Trailing by one point and facing 3rd-and-14 from their own 45-yard line, Wilson dumped it off to Javonte Williams who made some good moves to turn it into a 9-yard gain. There was 1:04 left when that play ended, but the Broncos get up slowly, work into a huddle and the clock is just casually ticking down.
Every fan in Broncos Country had to be screaming to call a time out at the top of their lungs, but instead of doing that, they let the clock run all the way down to 20 seconds and then called a time out.
Brandon McManus comes out for a 64-yard field goal attempt. What? Yes, that’s right.
To his credit, McManus very nearly made it. But Hackett’s decision to allow the clock to run and then make that move was bad, and that’s being very nice.
Why is that? Because you traded for Russell Wilson this offseason and then gave him a huge contract. You didn’t give him all of that money so that McManus can try to win the game with what would be the second-longest field goal in league history.
It was just one game and the Broncos will have some time to collect themselves, lick their wounds and learn from this loss.
But that was bad. Really, really bad.