Nathaniel Hackett brushes off boo birds: “I would be booing myself”

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The bar is high for the Broncos. Maybe higher than it should have been. The fans aren’t quite ready to come to terms with that. Which resulted in some boo birds flying during the first regular-season home game of Nathaniel Hackett’s time as coach, Russell Wilson‘s time as quarterback, and the Penner-Walton group’s tenure as owners.

Hackett brushed off the boo birds.

“I would be booing myself,” he told reporters after the 16-9 win. “I was getting very frustrated. We get down to the red zone two times. Don’t get another touchdown, which is unbelievably frustrating. I don’t think we have scored in there yet. That’s something that all of our guys have to step it up. Whether we run the ball more, whatever we’re doing, we just have to execute at a higher level.”

They also need to get the plays in faster. Quarterback Russell Wilson was asked whether he’s ever heard the fans count down the play clock, like they were on Sunday.

“I guess that was helpful if needed,” Wilson told reporters. “I guess they do that in basketball sometimes — you know, I’ve been around some basketball players and stuff like that. You know, this crowd was amazing tonight. Once again, how they were especially when the defense was out there with the game on the line — I know how hard that is as a quarterback hearing all of that noise and all that tenacity. That was great that our fans we’re really into it and just a great football crowd for sure.”

Wilson didn’t address the reason for the counting. Through two games, it’s taking too long to get things going. Hackett was asked whether calling plays is more of a job then he expected it would be.

“No, I think there’s definitely some things that go on once you get down to that unique area,” Hackett said. “I think I just need to be sure I clean up exactly what I’m hearing, where I’m going with, and make sure I’m on the same page for Russ. I think that will make us more efficient . . . .”

They need to become more efficient, quickly. They need to get the plays in more quickly, quickly. Few if any teams have those issues. When one does, it becomes glaring. In a very bad way.

15 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett brushes off boo birds: “I would be booing myself”

  1. A week after finding the most expensive way to lose to Geno Smith, the Broncos find the most expensive way to score 16 points (1 TD!) against the Texans.

    Last season, Denver started 3-0 and averaged 25 points a game in that stretch. Maybe next week, they’ll find the most expensive way to start 2-1.

  2. This was not booing because fans’ expectations for the Broncos were too high. You would know this if you watched the game. The team was out of time outs at the beginning of the 4th quarter because it spent one to prevent yet another delay of game penalty (that’s why the fans were counting down, not because it was “taking a long time to get of plays” (paraphrase). They were sick of the penalties and screwed up plays because the clock is at 0 because of the obvious disorganization. It happened during offensive plays; it happened on a field goal attempt. The team was out of time outs because it used its last one because it didn’t send out a punt returner on a punt. I mean, this is a comedy of errors and Hackett is showing that he is in way over his head. In 50 years of watching football, I’ve never seen anything like it. But hey, the ’62 Mets were lovable for a reason. If this keeps up, this team has a chance to reach those depths.

  3. As a KC fan, living on the Kansas/Colorado border, its great to see Denver continue to enable failure at the highest level. Now, its not just your GM, but its the QB and HC, who look like amateurs. But they all got paid, like the previous Denver owners who built that stadium downtown. Awesome

  4. Trouble getting play calls in? Too many penalties? Red zone issues? Relax. These things happen with a new coach who’s never been a head coach, a defensive coordinator who’s never been a defensive coordinator and an offensive coordinator who’s, well, never been a defensive coordinator.

  5. I still think it was funny how Hackett called time in the Seattle game when they were kneeling to end the game and the timeout wasn’t going to be enough to get to 4th down before the clock expired. But as a Niner fan, I’m concerned about next week because Russell Wilson absolutely destroys SF defenses.

  6. Broncos fans can take solace in the knowledge that their coach can get counsel and advice from the great Doug Marrone.
    Bills & Jags fans are laughing because they saw this coming.
    I don’t know what Hackett did in Green Bay, but Aaron Rodgers covered up his stink quite well.

  7. It looks as if Hackett is in over his head as a Head Coach. His demeanor on the sideline does not inspire confidence. And as it has been already pointed out on PFT, the current owners didn’t hire Hackett. Unless the Broncos make the playoffs the coach might be fired after one season

  8. The Broncos are still paying Vic Fangio; Ask him to come back for the season and pay him double and put nonchalant nate back upstairs in the booth.

  9. “this was a good answer.
    Get better and keep the good attitude.”

    Was it really? At first listen it sounds good but note how he never directly addressed the slowness and disorganization which is entirely on him. And his comments last week saying they should have went for it can also be interpreted as him saying “If I’d known the kick was going to miss we’d have went for it” which is a far different thing.

  10. This is Russell Wilson’s team…not Nathaniel Hackett’s. Seattle fans have been watching these play clock issues for the last ten years through 3 different offensive coordinators. Get used to it.

  11. Your roster just isn’t that good. I dont know why the media was hyping the Broncos like they did. Jeudy has done nothing since he was drafted, Chubb is not close to being elite, you lost Von Miller, you have one good running back. You’re defense is good but not elite and you gave an over the hill QB 245 million and all your draft capital away for the next 2 years. Your team hasn’t had a winning record since 2015 and yet there was a lot of “experts” picking you to go deep in the playoffs with a rookie headcoach.

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