Nathaniel Hackett on whether Week 1 loss will linger: “We’ve already moved on”

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Three nights ago, the Broncos lost to Seattle in a way that included one of the strangest real-time coaching decisions we’ve seen in a while. Will it linger in the locker room?

“We’ve already moved on,” coach Nathaniel Hackett told reporters on Thursday. “That’s part of this whole thing. Whenever you get into big games at all — this is a great preparation for our guys because there’s always going to be adversity. The season is a roller coaster. There are ups, there are downs. It’s about how you respond to everything. It’s how you respond when you do well. If all of a sudden you do well and everybody thinks it’s great, there are still so many things that you can correct and you can get better on. I think it’s just about staying right there and right in the middle of those two things and just growing as a team — growing through the good and the bad. I think that’s what we’ve done up to this point.”

Hackett can say they’ve moved on. The players can say so, too. The question is whether, when the players talk among themselves, they wonder why Hackett chose to try a 64-yard field goal in lieu of letting Russ cook up a potential first down on fourth and five. it’s the kind of thing that can undermine a player’s faith in a coach, which can rear its ugly head in all sorts of ways as the season unfolds.

The torrent of external criticism continues, with all of it directed at Hackett. How does he block out the noise?

“That happens all the time,” Hackett said. “That’s part of the job. It’s what comes with it. I embrace it, and everybody is allowed to do that. You just don’t listen — you keep working and keep grinding. That’s pretty much what we’ve been doing, especially on a short week.”

Right, but some of the noise was avoidable. Hackett made an unenforced error, and he continues to refuse to fully own it. If he’d just admit that the his plan was bad and should have been abandoned, the noise would stop quickly.

8 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett on whether Week 1 loss will linger: “We’ve already moved on”

  1. Let it go. We get it. He made a really bad decision. Do we really need to talk about it every day? That bronco offense looked better than it has since 2014. That game should’ve been a blowout. Of course you need to clean up the fumbles, the penalties, the play call, but for the most part, they seemed to move the ball pretty well. The defense was outstanding in the second half. This is a team that will gel and compete for a playoff spot.

  2. All you saying it should have been a blowout because of two fumbles seem to forget that the Hawks should have scored when Geno slipped on a 4th and inches at the 10 and two Denver scores should have been averted by easy INTs dropped.

  3. It will be interesting watching Denver as the year progresses, especially after losses.

    Trust me, it won’t be Wilson’s fault, EVER.

    It will be coaching decisions, the O line, the receivers, the defense.

    Never directly, but with subtle or not so subtle digs.

  4. 1,000,000% guarantee Russel’s entourage isn’t ready to let it go. His no confidence vote to Walmart HO is 2 more defeats away…

  5. Hackett was over his skis with the decision to kick the field goal and the timeout nonsense at the end of the game was bush league. I wouldn’t be over it if it were my team and I would be very concerned about his thought process and leadership.

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