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The Real Reason Nathaniel Hackett Elected to Kick a 64-Yard Field Goal

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Jason Smith: “Let me throw something out there, and I want you to think about this. I’m trying to think of one reason why Nathaniel Hackett would try to do this because none of it makes sense… When they didn’t get the first down on 3rd and 14 and it was 4th down and 5 and he decided to go for the 64-yard field goal, how much of it do you think could have been Hackett going ‘as Russell Wilson goes, I go. I’m here as long as things go well and Wilson likes me.’ If I put him out there on 4th and 5 and he doesn’t make, not only did we lose in his return, but he fails on the final play and who knows what that does to him and to our relationship. So I’m going to take it out of his hands just to not give him something to define him in his first game and I’m going to try for the field goal. He wanted to protect Russell Wilson from failure because it’s a long time I’m hoping he and I have in Denver. What is that going to do to him mentally when you go back to Seattle and you failed? At least now you can blame me [Nathanial Hackett] for it, and we won’t blame you [Russell Wilson].” (Full Segment Above)

Listen to Jason Smith of Fox Sports Radio explain why he thinks Broncos head coach Nathanial Hackett elected to try a historically long 64-yard field goal in the dying seconds of their Week 1 game vs. the Seahawks instead of allowing Russell Wilson and the dangerous Broncos offense a chance to convert a manageable 4th and 5 opportunity from the Seattle 46 yard-line.

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