I was kinda hoping Paul was watching and would fire off a quick ripper on this, but…what the fuck did I just watch?
Let’s think about this for a second.
The clock started for the fourth-down play around 1:01. The Broncos were clearly going for it, huddled, had a play called, went to the line, and then called timeout.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 13, 2022
And then they even had a reprieve after the Seahawks iced McManus’s first kick, which went way wide, and they still decided to kick. When they weren’t at altitude. And had more than two minutes in real time to land on an offensive play.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 13, 2022
everybody is roasting Nathaniel Hackett for showing up on Day 1 of his new job completely unprepared and having no idea what to do, but honestly, who among us— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 13, 2022
But maybe McManus has a history of making this kind of kick, at least?
Brandon McManus career history on 62+ yard FGs
62 yards – 2016 – MISS
62 yards – 2018 – MISS
63 yards – 2021 – MISS
64 yards – 2019 – MISS
64 yards – 2022 – MISS*
70 yards – 2021 – MISS
THIS is what Nathaniel Hackett opted for instead of the $242M Russ on 4th & 5???— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 13, 2022
Hackett vs Daboll
one let 40 seconds tick away, took his $242,000,000 QB off the field & missed a 64-yd FG to start his career 0-1
the other could have settled for a XP to tie a game but instead went for two, converted, saw the OTHER kicker miss a FG & started his career 1-0 pic.twitter.com/qTvcEN9rjm— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 13, 2022
And most of those were presumably in Denver, not at sea level! The Broncos were both sloppy as hell and unduly conservative before that, too — that’s about as unimpressive a head coaching debut as I’ve ever seen. But, hey, I’ll take it!
However the rest of the season goes, Seattle fans can remind themselves that the next coach after even a diminished Pete Carroll is more likely to be worse than better.
UPDATE:Nathaniel Hackett literally thinks that hitting the second-longest FG in NFL history outdoors at sea level was more likely than gaining five yards on a single play:
Every NFL team has an analytics department now, and that's great. If your coach actually thinks this is true, though, all the analytics people in the world aren't going to help you. https://t.co/BGlv1AwgiW— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 13, 2022