Nathaniel Hackett got the Denver Broncos head coaching role due to his splendid work with the Green Bay Packers.
The squad had 13 wins in each of the three seasons he was their offensive coordinator.
Unfortunately, his head coaching stint started on the wrong note after losing to the Seattle Seahawks by one point.
It’s not that Denver did not have any opportunities to win that Monday Night Football game in Russell Wilson‘s return to Seattle.
However, they had three red zone drives that ended in fumbles and a field goal.
The Broncos had the opportunity to steal the game from Seattle with time winding down.
But for FOX Sports analyst Nick Wright, Hackett made a terrible decision on fourth down with a little over a minute left in the game.
I’m absolutely stupefied by that decision by Hackett. I really don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like that.
Just decided he had a better chance of his kicker making the 2nd longest field goal in NFL history than he had of his quarterback picking up five yards!
— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 13, 2022
Wright tweeted, “I’m absolutely stupefied by that decision by Hackett. I really don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like that. Just decided he had a better chance of his kicker making the 2nd longest field goal in NFL history than he had of his quarterback picking up five yards!”
It was fourth-and-5 at that point, and the Broncos had the chance to get closer to the uprights.
Doing so would have given Brandon McManus better odds to make the kick.
Instead, they attempted a 64-yarder that went wide to the left.
Broncos Must Find A Way To Score Touchdowns
Denver wouldn’t have been in that situation if they only converted their red zone tries to touchdowns.
The game would be a blowout if they had better play calling.
While the Broncos are favored to enter this year’s playoffs, this defeat is a wake-up call that the road wouldn’t be easy.
They might also win more games if they trusted their $245 million quarterback during do-or-die situations.