After sleeping on it, Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett is willing to admit he made a mistake against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.
The Broncos were trailing the Seahawks by one point when they got the ball back late in the fourth quarter. Before their drive started, Denver’s staff spoke with kicker Brandon McManus and set the 46-yard line as a target to reach for a potential game-winning field goal.
When the Broncos ended up reaching the 46-yard line, Hackett decided to attempt a 64-yard field goal instead of allowing quarterback Russell Wilson to try to pick up a fourth-and-five and put the team in better field goal range.
McManus had the distance on his kick, but it hooked left and the Broncos lost to the Seahawks 17-16.
One day after the loss, Hackett admitted during his Tuesday press conference that he made the wrong decision.
“Looking back at it, we definitely should’ve gone for it,” the coach said.
Monday marked Hackett’s first game as a head coach in the NFL, and his decision to trust his kicker on a 64-yard field goal over his franchise quarterback seemed to be a rookie mistake. Fans in Denver can only hope Hackett will learn from that mistake.