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Broncos fans boo head coach Nathaniel Hackett, mock play clocks in ugly win over Texans and count down

The Denver Broncos beat the Houston Texans 16-9 on Sunday.

But it wasn’t clean. New head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s home debut was booed by the Denver crowd after a series of game mismanagement. Then in a surprising turn, the home crowd, frustrated by repeated delay-of-game penalties, counted down the final seconds of the play clock. in the meantime Denver had the ball.

boo before the countdown

Broncos fan frustration boiled over late in the third quarter. With Denver trailing 9–6 with 3:41 remaining in the third, Hackett chose to attempt a field goal on the fourth and second from Houston’s 36-yard line rather than on the first down.

However, the Broncos were slow to set up the kick as Hackett decided what to do in the situation. Called 4 Down Gamble(Familiar?) The umpire whistled the Broncos to delay the game, resulting in a punt rather than a 59-yard field goal attempt after a 5-yard penalty.

At that point, boos poured in from the Denver crowd. Again, this was Hackett’s home debut. The sequence that caused the boos can be seen in the video below.

This all came down to a loss after tight end Andrew Beck ran on a third-and-inch option, forcing an ill-fated 4-down sequence. It was the second carry of his career. He hit 3 yards for the first time in 2019.

The penalty for delaying the game is Denver’s third this season, including a road loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. Per CBS, they had two throughout last season under head coach Vic Fangio.

“I don’t blame them” Hackett told reporters Voice of the fans after the game. “I would boo myself. It’s frustrating.”

Wasted timeouts add to Hackett’s woes

The Broncos went on to win, but there was more troubling game management from Denver’s sidelines on Sunday, which only added to the criticism surrounding Hackett in his second game as NFL head coach.

Denver burned out the last two timeouts in no-need situations. With 9:55 left in the game and Denver leading 16–9 on him, the Broncos forced the Texans to punt on 4 and 14 from Denver 45. Denver called a timeout to buy time to do so.

Denver fans are already following Nathaniel Hackett. Or at least help him out. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Broncos then scored their final timeouts on their second and 16th offense with 7:38 left. Denver wasn’t ready to line up when the play clock ticked again, so Hackett called timeouts for the rest of the Broncos to avoid yet another game delay penalty.

From that point on, Broncos fans helped the team with the clock countdown.

Seahawks loss leaves Hackett out on Sunday

Hackett had a lot of enthusiasm in the final moments of last week’s loss. In that game, he opted for a 64-yard field goal attempt by Brandon McManus instead of allowing Wilson to try to score first downs in the fourth and fifth innings. Only two field goals that distance have been converted in NFL history: McManus predictably missed, the Broncos lost in front of a prime-time crowd on Monday night, and Wilson scored on his way back to Seattle. I was watching from the sidelines.

So Broncos fans were ready to vent their frustration at Hackett on Sunday. It didn’t work.

Thankfully for Hackett, Wilson recovered from a 6-of-20 pass start for a strong finish, highlighted by a 22-yard touchdown pass to Eric Saubert that proved to be the difference in the game. rice field.

Even the Broncos’ social media called it that after the game.

This win has clearly contributed to the Broncos standings. But Sunday’s effort did little to comfort fans worried that Hackett was poised to become the NFL’s head coach.