ENGLAND, Colo. — On second thought, Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday he “absolutely” should have returned the quarterback. Russell Wilson Instead of sending a kicker, they ran a fourth-and-5 play in the closing seconds of Monday night’s loss to Seattle. Brandon McManus He went for a 64-yard field goal.

“Looking back, I definitely should have gone,” Hackett said. “It’s one of those things where you look back and say, ‘We really should have gone for it, we missed a field goal.’ But we had a plan in that situation, we knew 46 was the mark.”

McManus’ field goal attempt went wide in left field and Hackett’s decision clouded almost everything in his regular-season debut as a head coach.

Only two kickers in the NFL since 1960 have made field goals of at least 64 yards, and the longest field goal in Lumen Field history is 56 yards.

McManus, one of the strongest Quaker legs in the league, is still 1-of-5, including Monday night’s loss, on attempts of at least 60 yards in his career.

Also, last season, according to ESPN Stats and Information Research, teams converted 48 percent of their fourth-and-5 plays. Hackett said he understands that few have attempted at least 64 yards — only Matt Prater 64 yards in 2013 and Justin Tucker In the year record 66-yarder in 2021 — but after talking with the special teams coaches and McManus in the pregame, they decided the team had reached the Seahawks’ 46-yard line in the final half. Or the end-of-game situation, McManus would have attempted the kick.

Before Wilson faced the decision on the Broncos’ final drive, it was known that a field goal attempt would occur on fourth down if the Broncos were on third down at the Seahawks’ 46-yard line. On third and 14, Wilson completed a 9-yard pass to the running back Javonte Williams He moves the ball to the Seattle 46.

Hackett said Tuesday that if Williams had gained even one yard, “we would have gone.”

“We said 46 yards, the 46-yard line was where we wanted to be,” Hackett said. “… It doesn’t work, it hurts, but hey that’s part of it.”

Hackett added: “It’s part of being in this seat, being in this profession. It’s going to happen all the time, it’s been doing my whole career, even when my dad is coaching, you’re prepared for it, you deserve it. You’ve got to keep that grind.”

Hackett also said, “We shouldn’t have been in that situation.” The Broncos had two fumbles and another on plays starting at the Seahawks’ 1-yard line on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. He was derailed by a false start penalty at the Seahawks’ 3-yard line. Wilson finished the game with 340 yards passing as the Broncos outshot the Seahawks 433-253.

The Broncos defense also held the Seahawks offense to 34 total yards in the second half.

“Ultimately, that’s on me, that was our plan, that was the yard line we had to get to, we all knew it, that’s what we said in the huddle before we did it,” Hackett said. “It never should have gotten to that point. … Obviously, the final decision is what you say should have done this, should have done that, but I think what upsets me more is the red zone. We had some. A lot of chances, we were inches away.”

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