Broncos Report Card: An “L” and “F” for coach Nathaniel Hackett’s debut
The Broncos’ report card from their 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday evening:
Offense — F
The Broncos rolled up 433 yards and had been eight of 15 on third down, however anytime an offense fails to attain a single level after twice reaching the opponent’s 1-yard line, they deserve an F. Inexcusable crimson zone execution (or lack thereof) by the Broncos, who went subject objective, fumble, fumble and subject objective in 4 possibilities contained in the 20-yard line. Quarterback Russell Wilson made some terrific performs, together with lofting a move that Jerry Jeudy collected for a 67-yard landing. But ought to working again Javonte Williams lead the workforce with 11 catches? No, he shouldn’t and Broncos receivers had solely eight of the workforce’s 29 catches.
Defense — C
The Broncos allowed Geno Smith landing passes of 38 and 25 yards and neither had been to receivers D.Okay. Metcalf or Tyler Lockett. Smith had solely 5 incompletions amongst his 28 makes an attempt and the Broncos harm themselves with seven penalties. Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb had two sacks (a constructive for him off his a number of 2021 ankle surgical procedures) and Randy Gregory pressured a fumble. But it was powerful sledding for cornerback Pat Surtain II, who allowed a number of completions and had no move break-ups.
Special groups — D
Kicker Brandon McManus made subject objective makes an attempt of 30, 40 and 26 yards, however his 64-yard try within the last minute would have been his profession lengthy by three yards and he wasn’t kicking with the advantage of his hometown altitude. But the massive concern for the Broncos’ particular groups was rookie returner Montrell Washington. He averaged solely 17 yards on three kickoff returns (lengthy of 21) and made a poor determination on his first return, taking a kick out from three yards deep in the long run zone and semi-hugged in opposition to the sideline. He gained solely 14 yards to the Broncos’ 11. Washington’s determination making should be extra on-point.
Coaching — F
Twelve penalties, greater than in any recreation final yr. A complete of 121 yards in penalties, greater than in any recreation final yr. And a 0-for-4 evening within the crimson zone, nearly worse than in any recreation final yr (1 for five within the loss to Philadelphia). It was a workforce not able to play … most likely as a result of they hadn’t performed. But coach Nathaniel Hackett has to personal the ‘L’ and the ‘F’ for his common season debut. The offensive operation was off for many of the recreation they usually dedicated two delay-of-game penalties on the identical drive (the offense had two all of final yr). But within the last minute, Hackett led the clock run from 1:00 to :20 earlier than calling a timeout and selecting to ship McManus out for a 64-yard subject objective as a substitute of trusting Wilson to transform a fourth-and-5. Bad soccer.