Nathaniel Hackett, the head coach of the Broncos, had a tough loss to the Seahawks on September 12. With the whole country watching, a significant choice did not go his way, and even Denver great Peyton Manning publicly questioned if it was the right choice.
Hackett was impacted hard at a young age. But the first-year head coach didn’t just go on and forget about it; he also carefully considered his choice to go for it on fourth-and-5 with plenty of time and timeouts left in the final minute of a 17-16 loss as opposed to attempting a 64-yard field goal that kicker Brandon McManus missed.
According to insiders, Hackett displayed the same self-awareness internally by re-evaluating the information he receives on his headset and for late-game and important sequences while acknowledging publicly that he would approach the decision differently if he could.
Hackett stressed the teachings over all else in a text message.
In a short period of time, Hackett has formed good relationships with his players, and this week, the locker room has continued to be close. Speaking with locals over the last three days revealed that the atmosphere was upbeat and positive rather than depressing, with effective communication between the players and coaches.
Regarding what happened this week, sources claim that Hackett tightened up his general approach to end-of-game circumstances. This includes the information he receives prior to the game as well as through his headset, which may offer a combination of analytics-based guidance, tips, and time management statistics. Although Hackett shown trust in his kicker by having him make a career-high field goal, it is obvious that the general procedure needs to be changed. It is hoped that it will start this week.
There is a real sense of urgency in the situation.
A tight bond is developing between Hackett and quarterback Russell Wilson during their daily conversations. Prior to the field goal attempt, Wilson and Hackett had discussed reaching the 46-yard line, and the quarterback was aware that this was the desired outcome.
Wilson has demonstrated his support for his coach by stating this week that while he was prepared with a play call he loved if Hackett had elected to let the offensive go for it, he still backed what his new head coach decided. Wilson spoke about both sides of it during his news conference on Wednesday.