ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have admittedly made loads of rookie errors up to now.
However they insist their younger punt returner failing to take the sector for a punt return Sunday wasn’t one among them.
Special groups coordinator Dwayne Stukes stated rookie Montrell Washington really did the fitting factor by not bolting onto the sector for a punt return early within the fourth quarter towards Houston, forcing head coach Nathaniel Hackett to burn a timeout.
“I don’t think you can blame Montrell for that, correct?” Stukes stated Thursday in his first feedback on the sequence that occurred with slightly below 10 minutes left in Denver’s 16-9 victory.
Stukes stated defenders celebrated a tad too lengthy after defensive sort out Dre’Mont Jones sacked Davis Mills, pushing the Texans out of field-goal vary with the Broncos forward 13-9.
“There’s no disrespect by this statement to the defense, but we made a big play on defense —we got a sack,” Stukes stated. “They celebrated a little longer than we anticipated. Houston got their punt team on the field with urgency and the clock was going tick, tick, tick.”
Stukes steered Washington did the fitting factor by staying on the sideline as a result of there have been already 11 males on the sector and if he ran out to discipline the punt, the Broncos would have been penalized. That would have moved the Texans again into field-goal vary on the Denver 40-yard line for a 58-yard attempt by Ka’imi Fairbairn.
“Montrell is in tune to situational football because we always talk situational football,” Stukes stated. “He was ready and prepared to go. We just can’t send him out there when we already have 12 (sic) guys out there. That would have been a bad look for me as the special teams coordinator.”
Jones’ sack of Mills for a 7-yard loss pushed the Texans again to the Denver 45-yard line, which might have made for a 63-yard field-goal attempt, so Houston coach Lovie Smith despatched his punt crew out on fourth-and-14.
After the timeout on the 9:55 mark, Washington referred to as for a good catch at his 14 and the Broncos chewed up greater than six minutes on a 12-play drive capped by Brandon McManus’ 50-yard discipline objective.
Earlier within the week, Hackett accepted duty for the play-calling hiccups which have dogged quarterback Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense up to now.
The Broncos have dedicated 25 penalties by two video games, probably the most in a two-game stretch of their historical past. Among the 13 infractions Sunday have been two delay-of-game penalties on field-goal makes an attempt, one thing that’s exceedingly uncommon within the NFL.
Stukes blamed himself for these.
“Just communication as far as what we were going to do,” Stukes stated. “We have to be more urgent when we get on the field to get in the huddle, break the huddle and get to the line of scrimmage. Regardless of the time on the clock, we just need to speed that operation up a little bit.
“That’s on me. I have to do a better job of coaching that as well as the players in the huddle and checking out the play clock.”
The Broncos (1-1) host the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) Sunday night time.
NOTES: CB Patrick Surtain II (left shoulder) returned to observe, a promising signal that he’ll be capable of play within the sport. WR Jerry Jeudy (rib) sat out a second straight day.
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