Bronco Poe coach Nathaniel Hackett fans mock the countdown to playing hour in ugly win over Texas

The Denver Broncos multiply the Houston Texas 9-16 on Sunday.

But she wasn’t pretty. A series of mismanagement of the game led to boos from Denver fans at the home debut of rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett. Then in a great turn, the host audience was frustrated by the repetitive penalty kicks in the match, counting down the final seconds of the playing clock in the last minutes – While Denver got the ball.

Before the countdown, the booing came

Bronco fans’ frustrations began to boil late in the third quarter. With Denver trailing 9-6 with 3:41 left in third, Hackett opted to attempt a field goal fourth and second off Houston’s 36-yard streak rather than go down first.

But the Broncos were slow to take the kick as Hackett decided what to do in a situation He called for a fourth-degree gamble. (looks familiar?) Officials whistled the Broncos to delay the game, and they ended up kicking the ball rather than trying to score a 59-yard field goal after a five-yard penalty.

That’s when boos rained down from the Denver crowd. Once again, this was Hackett’s first home appearance. The sequence that prompted the boos can be seen in the video below:

This all came after a streak of tight finish Andrew Beck on the III and Inch option lost and forced the inauspicious fourth sequence down. This was the second time in his career. He first went for three yards in 2019.

The delay penalty was Denver’s third this season, including last week’s road loss to the Seattle Seahawks. According to CBS, they had two last season under coach Vic Fangio.

Missed timeouts add to Hackett’s problems

The Broncos went on to win, but there was more troubling game management from the touchline in Denver on Sunday, which will intensify the criticism surrounding Hackett after only his second game as an NFL coach.

Denver burned its last two layoffs in situations where it didn’t need it. With 9:55 left in the game and Denver topping 16-9, the Broncos forced the Texans to bet fourth and fourth from Denver 45. But returnee Montreal Washington didn’t take the field in time to gamble. He called Denver for a timeout to buy time for him to do so.

Denver fans are already getting started on Nathaniel Hackett. Or at least, shall we say, help him. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Broncos then burned their final attacking time with 7:38 remaining – second and 16th. With the hour of play approaching again, Denver wasn’t ready to line up, so Hackett called the time remaining for the Broncos to avoid another late-game penalty.

From that point on, Broncos fans helped the team count down the clock.

The Seahawks put Hackett’s loss for Sunday

Hackett had a lot of stress in the final moments of last week’s loss. In that game, he opted for a 64-yard field goal attempt by Brandon McManus with the game on the line rather than allowing Wilson to attempt a first-place finish in fourth and fifth. Only two field goals have been converted from that distance in NFL history. McManus predictably missed, losing the Broncos to a prime-time Monday night crowd as he watched Wilson from the sideline on his return to Seattle.

So Broncos fans were ready to let go of their frustration with Hackett on Sunday. Tracking a Texan team that won four games last season in the third quarter didn’t help his cause.

Fortunately for Hackett, Wilson rushed off the start of a 6-of-20 pass to get a solid finish, most notably a 22-yard touchdown pass to Eric Saubert that proved to be the difference in the game.

After the game, even social media Broncos described it as it was.

The win obviously helps the Broncos rank up. But Sunday’s efforts did little to assuage fans worried about Hackett’s readiness to be the head coach of the NFL.