The Denver Broncos’ rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett took the game away from Russell Wilson on Monday night and put it on Brandon McManus’ foot to cap a perplexing stretch of perplexing time management and choices.
After McManus missed a 64-yard game-winning field goal attempt on fourth-and-5 to secure Denver’s 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Hackett came under fire. Less than a day after McManus’ game-winning attempt went wrong, Hackett acknowledged he made the wrong decision.
At the beginning of his news conference on Tuesday, Hackett stated, “Looking back on it, we absolutely should’ve gone for it. When you reflect on it, you may think, ‘Of course we should go for it, we missed the field goal.’ But we had a strategy for such circumstances. We knew the target was the 46-yard line.” According to Hackett, the idea was to get inside the field goal range.