Russell Wilson: I don’t think it was the wrong decision – NBC Sports

DENVER BRONCOS VS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, NFL

DENVER BRONCOS VS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, NFL

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Publicly, Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson supports coach Nathaniel Hackett’s decision to attempt a 64-yard field goal instead of giving Wilson a chance to convert on fourth-and-five, to make the kick a little (or a lot) easier to make. Privately, Wilson may feel differently.

But Wilson’s private thoughts would never come out in such a situation. That’s true for most quarterbacks, especially if they’re in the first game of their first year with a hand-picked new team.

So realizing that he may really feel very differently inside, here are the relevant things he communicated outside after the 17-16 loss to the Seahawks.

“Well, we got the best field goal kicker maybe in the game,” Wilson told reporters about the decision to take the ball out of his hands and put it on a kicker’s foot. Brandon McManus.

“We said, ‘Where can you make it tonight?’ and he said 46, left hashish. I think we were on the 46. That was before the drive. We got it there; unfortunately did not enter. I think he definitely has the leg for it. Just gone a little bit I believe and just – I believe in Coach Hackett. I believe in what we are doing. Believe in everything, and anytime you can try to find a way to make a play on fourth and five, that’s great too. I don’t think it was the wrong decision either. I think he can do it. Obviously later he didn’t succeed, but we were in that situation again, I wouldn’t doubt whatever he decided.”

But how confident was McManus that he could do it? McManus confirmed to reporters that he told the team he could make a field goal from the “46, left hash, and they got me right there.”

McManus also told reporters that he pegged his chances of kicking the “46, left hash” at 65 or 70 percent. According to Stathead.com, however, he had a 12.5 percent career success rate on field goal attempts of 60 yards or longer, going one of eight before last night.

A lot of stock is put into a kicker’s distance and accuracy during warmups. Obviously, though, that’s a different situation. During the game, there is click, grip, speed. The kicker has limited time to adjust to the exact placement of the ball. And regardless of what McManus did in warmups last night, he was previously 12.5 percent on 60 yards or longer.

Which is impressive. But why would he think he had a 65-70 percent chance of making a kick that would have been the second-longest kick in league history? And if Hackett had looked at the chances of making that kick at 12.5 percent, would he (or whoever whispers the sweet nothings of analysis in his ear) have decided to, you know, let Russ cook?

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