Questionable late match decisions annoy Nathaniel Hackett again

Denver Broncos vs Indianapolis Colts, NFL

Getty Images

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett is having a tough first year. At this rate, he won’t get a second.

After adding another member of the coaching staff to help Hackett make better decisions at key moments, Hackett made a few questionable decisions in two key moments during the 12-9 overtime loss to the Colts.

Let’s start at the end of the organization. The ponies were out of time. There was 2:19 to play. Bronco leads three. They faced the third and fourth from the Indianapolis 13th.

“We wanted to make sure we could get first place,” Hackett said after the match.

this is good. But in the end they did not try to get the first. quarterback Russell Wilson He went for a knockout, throwing the ball to the end zone, where the ball was intercepted.

If they simply failed to get the first goal, the Broncos could have kicked a field goal, forcing the Colts to do something no team had done all night – score a touchdown.

Instead, the ponies blasted off the field to score a game-related field goal. In overtime, the Colts took the lead with another field goal.

Then the Broncos, who kept bumping into a brick wall in the red, faced fourth and one of Indianapolis’s five. At one point, the Broncos lined up with Wilson under the center. After a pair of time-outs, they opted to line up the gun – indicating to the defense that the pass was more likely.

It was not the fourth goal. It was four and one. It was a perfect place for Melvin Gordon Run for a possible first and goal, or perhaps a creative play design that can lead to the outcome of winning the game.

Instead, the Broncos basically told the Colts that a throw was coming. So the ponies defended her. The Indianapolis defense came through.

“We wanted to have good communication,” Hackett told reporters. “We wanted to put it in it [Wilson’s] Hands to win the match.”

This is fine, if it works. But it didn’t work. There was reason to believe it might not work. Wilson was absent all night. Whether it was a shoulder injury or something else, there was no reason to believe with such a high degree of certainty that Wilson would go down in an all-or-nothing situation.

Another question to ask is about the final gameplay of the game. Why not kick the goal, play defense, and try to get the ball back? Even if the match ends in a draw, the 2-2-1 record will be better than 2-3.

In explaining the game’s decision-making process on the line, Hackett made an interesting – and perhaps expressive – comment in his post-match press conference. He said: “I got to do it. “

who who? Isn’t that the coach’s decision? Whoever gave the head coach a chance is the one who should apparently be the head coach, because that person made a decision Always Reserved for the head coach.

What is Jerry Rosberg, who is hired specifically to help Hackett make better decisions in those locations? Was he an analytical person who seemed to have the final say on what Hackett chose?

Perception is reality at the highest levels in any industry. And the realization through five matches is that the game is too big for Hackett. Even with another assistant coach added quickly, he doesn’t make good decisions at crucial moments.

That won’t bode well when the new ownership decides whether to bring back for a second year a coach they didn’t hire in the first place. The acquisition is negligible, compared to the enormous wealth of Walton Pinner Group Walmart. Honestly, if they were making the decision now, it wouldn’t be a difficult one.

Over the next 12 games, Hackett’s primary challenge will be to change their minds. I cut out his work for him.

Leave a Comment