Kiszla: Thank God Russell Wilson grabbed a clown car wheel from clueless Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett – The Denver Post

Kiszla: Thank God Russell Wilson grabbed a clown car wheel from clueless Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett - The Denver Post

Grabbing the wheel of the clown car driven by Nathaniel Hackett, quarterback Russell Wilson rode to the rescue of Broncos Country.

Wilson saved a clueless rookie head coach from himself, leading a fourth-quarter comeback to beat lowly Houston 16-9 on Sunday as the buzzards came out and let the home team know that all this gratuitous trash has to stop.

“I don’t blame them,” Hackett said. “I mean, hell, I’d kill myself. I was very frustrated.”

Let’s pause to be thankful that the Broncos find a way to beat one of the NFL’s worst teams in spite of themselves.

“All I really care about is the cheers at the end because we won,” said Wilson, whose 22-yard strike to Eric Saubert with 12 minutes, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved all it took to win Houston. it was one miserable landing.

Denver won and improved its record to 1-1 despite repeated red-zone atrocities; despite 13 bonehead penalties, including a delay-of-game offense on a field goal attempt; despite sending the punt return team onto the field without anyone to launch the punt; despite running out of timeouts midway through the fourth quarter, and despite so much brain freeze from Hackett that I’m starting to wonder if his gray matter is made of Dippin’ Dots.

“This has to stop,” Hackett said, looking like he needed a hug.

But what this team needs more than a bro-hug is an intervention. Hackett needs someone to explain the big picture to him in real time. He needs a reliable voice to untangle the cobwebs in his brain.

We talk about it all the time with newbies who overthink everything. For all his bragging about being a coach’s son, the speed of the NFL game was simply too much for Hackett. We knew Mike Shanahan, whose son is coming to town next weekend as coach of the Niners, and Hackett is no mastermind.

Through two weeks, Hackett is now 0-6 at converting red-zone trips into touchdowns as a play-caller. Instead of slamming the ball into the end zone behind steamroller running back Javonte Williams, it seems Hackett is prone to making gooey eyes at his offensive play sheet and falling for a pretty one.

Let’s hope it’s not a fatal attraction.

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