Broncos’ Brandon McManus nails 73-yard field goal

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Broncos coach Vance Joseph says he’s ready to try field goals from record-breaking distances this season.

After Broncos kicker Brandon McManus nailed a 73-yard field goal in practice on Friday, Joseph said he wouldn’t hesitate to let McManus try a field goal from 70 yards or beyond in a game.

Of course,” Joseph said when asked about trying field goals from that distance in the regular season. “Whatever wins games, we want to go for it.”

The mile-high elevation in Denver makes kicking long field goals easier, and the Broncos’ training camp in Englewood, Colorado, is actually at a slightly higher elevation than their home field in Denver. So when Joseph says he’d try field goals from 70 yards and beyond during the season, he’s surely talking only about home games.

But if Joseph is willing to take the chance of giving the opposing team good field position, McManus could easily break the record for the longest field goal in NFL history. That record, 64 yards, was set by Matt Prater in Denver. Joseph may let McManus try to break that record by five or 10 yards.

26 responses to “Broncos’ Brandon McManus nails 73-yard field goal

  1. Hopefully, he means when the Broncos either have an insurmountable lead, or @ the end of the first half and it’s that or a kneeldown.

  2. Bigger, Stronger, Faster… Even the punter’s these days are tremendous athlete’s. I know people don’t think they are, but in real life, these guys are big boys.

  3. 74 yard field goal will be a bright spot for a team that will end up 2-14 st the bottom of the AFC west

  4. Vance Joseph proving he’s ahead of the curve. 73 yard with no pressure, no kick rush, no stadium full of fans and no TV cameras on. It’s practically a guarantee that McManus drills those during games.

  5. Only at end of half, or more likely, at the end game. And if at end of half you better make sure you are prepared to prevent a return td if short! Otherwise that is a 10 pt swing!

  6. A-L-T-I-T-U-D-E.

    3 of the 4 longest kicks happened with three different kickers in Denver AT ALTITUDE.

    Tom Dempsey’s 63 yarder at sea level in New Orleans is still the greatest kick ever.

  7. I’ve never understood why more coaches don’t do this, especially at the end of a half. Kickers regularly kick near the goalposts on kickoffs from the 35 (about an 83 yard fg), so why not try a crazy chance at 3 points instead of a kneel down? Yeah, yeah, they could return it, ok, make your team play D. They can stop a guy running 100 yards back down the field?

  8. denverdave3 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:22 am
    he’s surely talking only about home games.

    Wrong!

    Similar kicks have been made at sea level.
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    Yes- in practice only.

  9. doctorrustbelt says:

    Tom Dempsey’s 63 yarder at sea level in New Orleans is still the greatest kick ever.
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    He was born with no toes on his kicking foot. Look at a picture of his modified shoe, it looks like a battering ram. Anyone being honest would have to acknowledge it gave him a huge advantage.

  10. If I were Joseph and considering doing this, even at the end of the half, he would be wise to alternate his personnel on his field goal team. Usually, teams put their 7 biggest bodies out there to build an impenetrable wall plus make the wall wider so the outside guys on the defense have further to go to block the kick. Even the two wing guys in field goal formation are often bigger guys, not exactly gunners. Add a kicker and either a backup QB or punter and you have a real poor kick return coverage personnel grouping.

  11. We talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game. We talking about practice, man.”

  12. abninf says:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:40 am
    doctorrustbelt says:

    Tom Dempsey’s 63 yarder at sea level in New Orleans is still the greatest kick ever.
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    He was born with no toes on his kicking foot. Look at a picture of his modified shoe, it looks like a battering ram. Anyone being honest would have to acknowledge it gave him a huge advantage.
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    Considering what others were doing, I think he was more at a disadvantage than just lack of altitude. Many of the greats from back then wore big square toed kicking shoes with seemingly twice mass of Dempsey’s shoe. It’s like comparing a 5 iron to a driver…. Some even had a band around the calve that connected to the front cleat to bend it back for even more lift, which Dempsey certainly could not do.
    Google it….they still sell them.

  13. Well the League office has shrunk the post width to about that of a Salad fork, But it would be fun to watch such a try! Personally I like the kicking game. But the NFL has decided it doesn’t like field goals for some reason. Instead it has forced a record number of PUNTS and putting players health in danger instead of 3 points.

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