The Denver Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks in a nail-biter and the loss came with some bad decisions, including this one…
Having a rookie head coach is something the Denver Broncos are familiar with as of late. Bad decisions are part of learning as a new head coach. Nathaniel Hackett made one of those at the end of the Seahawks game.
The Broncos faced a 4th-and-5 and lined up for a long field goal. Instead of trusting the franchise quarterback you paid a lot of money for, as well as trade assets—a hall of fame quarterback at that—Russell Wilson, you actually attempt a 64-yard field goal at sea level?
Of course, we would not be saying any of this had McManus put the ball through the uprights. But he didn’t.
It really makes me mad why you would not trust your offense to gain a first down and make a game-winning field goal that much easier. The Broncos could have attempted that fourth down and even run multiple plays with the time that they had. Instead, they wasted a lot of it.
This sort of thing feels just like a Vic Fangio situation when it comes to decision-making. The good thing, however, is that this is just Week 1. This mistake cannot happen anymore. We have seen it far too often.
Now, in Week 2, the Broncos host the Houston Texans. It should be a fairly easy victory, but a lot of things have to be cleaned up. The fumbles need to stop. The penalties need to stop. The defense needs to actually make plays. They have to do a much better job tackling.
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The sky is not falling on the Denver Broncos yet, but this was as much of a heartbreaking loss as we’ve seen in quite some time.