Broncos fans tried to help offense by counting down play clock

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The Broncos won today, but it’s not going well in Denver.

The team under first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett has already developed a bad habit of not getting plays called and snapped quickly enough. It culminated in Sunday with an unusual — and potentially unprecedented — effort by the fans of the home team to chant a countdown of the play clock, in order to ensure that the Broncos are aware of the remaining time to get the play started.

It’s an old basketball tactic, where fans count down the shot clock to help players who may not be in position to look up and see it. The difference here, of course, is that there’s no reason for quarterback Russell Wilson to not see it. He’s looking right at it. And he has some experience with the task of, you know, starting plays.

The fact that the fans feel compelled to help underscores the struggles with the basic task of picking a play and communicating it to Wilson. Hackett is possibly still adjusting to not being in the relative calm of the booth, and to the realities of actually selecting plays — something he didn’t do while working for Matt LaFleur in Green Bay.

Whatever the reason, it’s an embarrassment for the Broncos. And it’s another reason why new ownership could be inclined to take a hard look at whether a coach they didn’t hire is the right person to lead the team beyond 2022.

Yes, the Broncos won. But they’ll have a hard time stringing wins together unless they iron out basic problems that few other NFL teams ever experience.

15 responses to “Broncos fans tried to help offense by counting down play clock

  1. I thought the Broncos fans were bush league today, and I’m one of their biggest fans. Booing Russ, counting down the play clock. We ain’t Philly. I know we’ve been crappy for a while, but let’s keep it classy.

  2. This is at least partly on the QB. Wilson always waits until the last moment to get the ball snapped.

  3. Coming from a fan who’s seen his share of garbage coaches lately, this Hackett guy takes the cake.

  4. A lot of offensive coordinators could look good when Rodgers is the QB. Hackett is in over his head.

  5. Beyond 2022? I said it after Monday. they need to do it now, no later than the bye. Jag and Bill fans hated this guy for a reason. This is not an HC.

  6. Hackett is a nepotism hire who was the OC for Aaron Rodgers. He appears to be in way over his head. He’ll be fine, though. A former NFL head coach can usually get a new job as a coordinator or a college head coach the same week.

  7. Denver fans forgave and forgave and forgave after all the Peyton championships and the little girl babies named after Peyton. But now, they are over it. They funded a stadium downtown.Enabling mediocrity has been a signature of the relationship between Denver fans and their Management/Ownership.

  8. Leave it to Broncos fans to state the obvious although the specifics of that criticism will remain… in-com-plete.

  9. “Hiring the offensive coordinator of a future Hall of Fame QB that doesn’t need any coaching always works out.”

    -Adam Gase.

  10. Hackett is likely in over his head. But the play clock is right there in front of Wilson. Last week it was shown Wilson was using the same hand signals as in Seattle and I questioned if it’s because he wasn’t smart enough to learn new signals. Not paying attention to the big numbers counting down in front of him kinda confirms maybe not all is there between the ears.

  11. The bigger issue isn’t whether Hackett is in over his head but that Wilson isn’t the answer and the massive price Denver paid and will pay to figure this out moving forward.

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