Nathaniel Hackett shows some self-awareness, says he was “booing himself”

Sep 18, 2022, 6:11 PM

Nathaniel Hackett...

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Broncos won an extremely ugly football game on Sunday.

Denver escaped the Houston Texans, 16-9, thanks to a stellar defensive performance and timely touchdown throw from Russell Wilson. But it wasn’t all roses for the Broncos, as several head-scratching moments had fans irate both in the stadium and at home.

Broncos fans booed the team several times, as a comedy of errors led to some terrible football. Denver committed 13 penalties for 100 yards. They burned all their second half timeouts early, because once again delay of game penalties were an issue. Anyone who watched knows there’s a ton to fix. And to his credit, head coach Nathaniel Hackett acknowledged postgame fans have a right to be unhappy.

“I don’t blame them. I mean, heck, I was booing myself. I was getting very frustrated. I mean get down to the red zone two times and don’t get another touchdown, which is unbelievably frustrating. I don’t think we’ve scored in there yet. And that’s something that all of our guys got to step it up. Whether we run the ball more, whatever we’re doing. We’ve just got to execute at a higher level,” Hackett said.

Yes, the red zone once again plagued Denver the week after being the story in Seattle. Denver settled for two very short Brandon McManus field goals, and the only TD actually came from outside that area. Wilson hit Eric Saubert for a 22-yard score early in the fourth quarter. Hackett knows the delay of game penalties have to stop.

“Yeah, we’re just going to have to evaluate everything. Whether it’s getting the personnel out there, or lack thereof. And making sure the plays are coming in nice and clean. And just getting into the huddle and out of the huddle. So we’ve got to talk about that and I’ll talk with Russ and find out anything I can do to help him. That’s inexcusable. That’s on us, that’s us hurting ourselves,” Hackett said.

The good news? The Broncos are 1-1 on the season and back to .500. That bad news? It was one of the least satisfying wins in franchise history. And not every opponent is going to be as offensively inept as the Texans.

The Broncos have a lot to fix before San Francisco visits town next Sunday night.



Frank Clark...

Andrew Mason

Why the Broncos felt they needed Frank Clark

At edge rusher, the Broncos have concerns about injuries and depth. They needed another veteran. To that end, they opted for Clark.

12 hours ago

Garett Bolles and Russell Wilson...

Andrew Mason

Garett Bolles says Russell Wilson will make critics ‘eat crow’ this season

"I was angry with everything that came out," Bolles said, standing up to protect his quarterback at Broncos OTAs.

2 days ago

Baron Browning...

Cecil Lammey

Orange and Blue Today – June 8th 2023

In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Andrew Mason discuss the latest news and notes for the Denver Broncos. Topics Include: why the injury to EDGE Baron Browning perhaps led to the signing of Frank Clark, are the Broncos going to land RB Dalvin Cook, updates from OTAs, plus more! Follow @CecilLammey

2 days ago

Sean Payton...


Broncos embracing Sean Payton’s no-nonsense, detailed approach

With another week of OTAs in the book, it became clear that the Broncos players are happy to have a new head coach setting a standard

2 days ago

Frank Clark...

Andrew Mason

Breaking: Broncos sign edge rusher Frank Clark

The Broncos signed former Chiefs and Seahawks edge rusher Frank Clark to a 1-year deal, bringing aboard a 3-time Pro Bowler.

2 days ago

Dalvin Cook...

Will Petersen

Report: Broncos will be a frontrunner in Dalvin Cook sweepstakes

Cook would obviously be a major splash for Denver, as he's been one of the best and most consistent backs in the NFL for years

2 days ago

Nathaniel Hackett shows some self-awareness, says he was “booing himself”