Russell Wilson had a fourth-down pass play he was ready to call when Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett decided he wanted to attempt a 64-yard field goal.
“I was prepared for it, but then he said, ‘Okay, the clock is going down. We believe we can score the field goal here,'” Wilson said via video of the team. “But always prepared.”
Trailing 17-16, the Broncos faced third and 14 on their own 45 with 1:11 left. Wilson hit back with Javonte Williams, who ran 9 yards to the Seattle 46. That was Hackett’s predetermined line to send out Brandon McManus, even though the kicker has only one field goal over 60 yards in his career.
The Broncos ran the clock before calling a timeout with 20 seconds left, and McManus missed.
Wilson was asked if he agreed with Hackett’s (sort of) second guess of himself. (“Looking back on it, we definitely should have gone for it,” Hackett said Tuesday before doing it.)
“Listen. . . . I think . . . um . . . yes,” Wilson said. to make. . . . I always believe in having the ball and everything else, but we also have a great kicker and we’re going to believe in our kicker again. I also trust his decisions and everything else, but I’m also always willing to try if necessary.”
Wilson would not reveal the play-call that was never called, except to confirm it was a passing play. He wanted to go.
“Yeah, sure,” Wilson said. “I was also on the scrimmage and ready to go for it. I called a play, and we were ready to go. But that’s what we decided, and we went with it. We missed through, I don’t know, a meter maybe, half a meter.”
It doesn’t really matter how far McManus missed the stairs. He missed. The Broncos lost. And kicking the field goal wasn’t the right decision, even if McManus had made it. Denver backed into the Brink’s truck to take over Wilson and sign him to a long-term deal, and they took the ball off his hands when it mattered most.