Peyton Manning knew it.
Troy Aikman knew it.
All the Twitter chair coaches knew that.
You DO NOT sign Russell Wilson to be your signalman and then take the ball out of his hands late in the game on a 4th and 5th to kick what would tie the second longest field goal in the history of the NFL.
Hackett had 2 options:
1. Ask a guy who has already thrown 340 yards to throw 5 more.
2. Ask a guy whose FG throughout his career was 61 to do from 64.
He chose option #2.
It will be difficult to live.
— Chris Raybon (@ChrisRaybon) September 13, 2022
Brandon McManus misses from 64 yards and #Broncos losing by 1. Brandon McManus is now 1 of 8 on FG for 60+ yards in his career. NFL teams converted 49% of the time last season in fourth and fifth.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 13, 2022
That’s the thing: clock management is good if you’re playing for a basket there. But WHY play for a field goal from 64 yards on a 4th & 5? It’s not like it’s 4th & 18 or something
—Scott Olson (@RealScottOlson) September 13, 2022
This guy trusted a kicker more than Russell Wilson, a certain Hall of Famer, a franchise QB that the franchise just gave a bunch to get? “Stupid” doesn’t begin to describe how silly that decision was/is.
— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) September 13, 2022
There were several things wrong with this end game.
On the one hand, Hackett/Wilson took far too long to decide to stop the clock. Wandering the field, Wilson lost nearly 30 seconds before calling time out.
Instead, they could have stopped the clock with 45 seconds left, going to the line for another play to try and draw the Seahawks offside. If that doesn’t work, call time out, go to the sidelines and offer a good 4th and 5th play.
Denver traded picks for Russ
then Denver gave Russ $242,500,000
then Denver put the play on a kicker’s leg to make a 64-yard FG
instead of letting Russ bring the team closer with 1:03 AND a timeout in his pocket
an epic failure of situational coaching and game management
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 13, 2022
If Hackett was sold for kicking the ball, why not then let the clock run to the end so nothing is left on the clock after the kick >?
Finally – and most importantly – WHY ARE YOU EVEN TOUCHING THE BALL???
I can somehow get it. If there is one kicker I would trust to score a record field goal, it would be Brandon McManus. And hopefully he gets the record before he retires from the NFL.
But in this scenario, the odds are much bigger to get the first down with a quarterback like Wilson — one of the most winning QBs in the fourth quarter — than hoping for three in a record kick.
From our win probability calculator, @BryKno ran this:
Success: 36.1% WP
Field goal: 7.4% WP
—Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) September 13, 2022
MHR’s Jeffrey Essary was pretty much beside himself with this attacking decision.
And despite all the other mistakes of the night – missed tackles, dropped balls on the goal line, poor communication, an absurd number of penalties – Essary was the most furious because it’s the one thing that’s so obviously wrong. to improve.
Two fumbled balls on back-to-back drives down to 4th and base to 1 will likely never happen again.
- 187 pre-snap penalties should no longer occur.
- Missing so many tackles was already cleaned up in the second half.
- But making a better decision in a split second when the game is on the line? No guarantees.
That’s why in modern football we have stats and odds over years and years of data that give you the best percentage option.
But let’s go with your feeling. The feeling you developed in *check the notes* your very first game as head coach….. https://t.co/DD6FLePReN
— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) September 13, 2022
But hindsight is 20/20 and while Russ Wilson said in his post-match presser that he supported the decision, Brandon McManus just said he had to take that kick.
“We said, where can you do it from tonight, and he said ’46 hash left.’ I think we were on the 46,” Wilson said. “I think he’s got the leg for it, for sure. I believe in what we do. Believe in everything, and anytime you can try to find a way to play fourth and fifth, that’s fine too. Also, I don’t think it was the wrong decision. I think he can do it.
The 46-yard left hash line was my go-to line. They got it there. Need to do the hit
—Brandon McManus (@thekidmcmanus) September 13, 2022
I can’t fumble twice on the goal line.
Impossible to get only 6 points out of 28 possible in the red zone.
Impossible to commit a dozen penalties.
I can’t hang around in two minutes with a deficit.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) September 13, 2022
What “mistake” from last night worries you the most?
RB fumble on the goal line (x2)
12 penalties for 106 yards
Decision to kick FG late in the game
674 votes in total
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