Denver Broncos need to make these 3 improvements immediately
Trust in your franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson
I’m not saying that Head Coach, Nathaniel Hackett, does not trust Russell Wilson, I’m just saying he should prove he trusts Russell Wilson. By choosing to kick a 64-yard field goal with Brandon McManus, the Denver Broncos decreased their chance of winning.
Regardless of any analytical statistic you see, just ask yourself this question, “If I had the chance to win a million dollars and it came down to Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos converting a 4th & 5 or Brandon McManus drilling a 64-yard field goal, which would I choose?”
I’d hope that you picked Russell Wilson because Brandon McManus is 0/6 from field goal attempts over 61 yards. Brandon McManus is a good kicker but that is just a tough ask. Maybe this was Coach Hackett showing the team he believes in McManus unlike former Head Coach, Vic Fangio.
There were times when you would see visible frustration on the face of McManus during the Fangio era. It’s ok to make the wrong decision, we have all done it. There was a plan in place by the Denver Broncos, there was a spot that McManus needed to feel comfortable, the Seahawks’ 46-yard line, at the left hash.
Javonte Williams and his heroic efforts got the Denver Broncos just that. Maybe it would have worked out in the Denver Broncos’ favor if Javonte wouldn’t have been such a force and went down and made it 4th & 7 instead of a 4th & 5.
In his postgame conference, Russell Wilson stated his faith in Hackett and his decision-making, but I’m sure Russell Wilson wanted the ball in his hands to cement the game himself. Maybe that is why Hackett took it out of Wilson’s hands so that if Wilson messed up, he wouldn’t be the center of the attack.
That would be a selfless decision and one that I would respect if it were true.
I do think after Coach Hackett’s comments on Tuesday when he said, “Looking back at it, we definitely should’ve gone for it,” he understands he has to trust Russell Wilson and his abilities. I’m hopeful that next time around he considers Russell Wilson a safer bet than Brandon McManus kicking from 64-yards.