The honeymoon era is over for Nathaniel Hackett in Denver. The rookie head coach made a costly decision in his debut Monday night that wound up costing the Broncos the game vs. the Seahawks of Seattle.
Hackett didn't let his new franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, go out and try to win the game late in the fourth quarter. Instead, he elected to let his field goal kicker try and make a 63-yard attempt on fourth and five with just seconds remaining. It was a horrendous decision.
Hackett admits he regrets the call and that he should have let Wilson go out and try to win the game. Or, at the very least, Hackett could have tried for better field position. Simply put, it was a lack of trust in his quarterback.
"Addressing his decision to attempt a game-winning 64-yard FG last night, Broncos’ HC Nathaniel Hackett just told reporters, 'Looking back at it, we definitely should've gone for it,'" said Hackett, via ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Nathaniel Hackett was just about the only person in that stadium Monday night who would have tried to kick a field goal in that situation. Luckily, he appears to have learned from his mistake.
The Broncos will try and get in the win column this Sunday vs. the Houston Texans.