Denver Broncos’ Nathaniel Hackett – ‘I need to do better making decisions’

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett knows the clock has already struck midnight on his preseason clock management issues — and those of his team.

He said Monday he and his staff had already met on the issue this morning and would continue the review into the evening.

“We need to make sure the communications are clear and concise,” Hackett said. “I have to make better decisions, faster and faster and get that information back to the quarterback… It has to get better.”

The Broncos drew 1-1 after Sunday’s 16-9 win over the Houston Texans — Hackett’s first regular-season win as the team’s head coach — but the team’s start was marred by constant game-clock issues and penalties.

The Broncos have already had four game-delay penalties this season, including two in the win over the Texans for field goal attempts, and they used their last second-half timeout on Sunday with 7 minutes and 38 seconds left in the game because they could don’t organize.

They also took advantage of a second-half timeout when they didn’t have returnee Montrell Washington on the field — there were only 10 players in the lineup — as the Texans prepared for the punt. At one point Sunday, when the Broncos had the ball in the fourth quarter, it had become such a struggle that the crowd at Mile High’s Empower Field would count down the game clock every time it approached zero.

“It’s about organization and communication,” Hackett said. “…We just need to streamline this process so we can make better decisions, faster… The most important thing is to be on the same page [quarterback] russell [Wilson]and I think I can do a better job.”

Hackett, who added he intends to continue taking on playcalling duties, said he and his staff also checked how many people were communicating with him through the headsets at the same time. He also said he appreciates all the times as offensive coordinator when he’s been on the other side of the talks when the game clock was already moving.

“It’s funny looking back at all of my time in the past and the conversations that are being had. You always have an opinion and it’s interesting that now it’s your opinion, your choice, that counts,” Hackett said. And I just want to make sure I’m being as efficient as possible and communicating in the best way I can, and up to this point I haven’t done that and I can do a lot better…that it’s definitely a challenge and something I have to embrace…and I just want to get better.”

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Emma Bowman

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