I'll be the first to say that there are many things about Head Coach Gary Kubiak that mystify me. Watching the Denver Broncos lose in heartbreaking fashion to the Kansas City Chiefs, I questioned several decisions Kubiak made.
Attempting a 62-yard field goal late in the overtime period, which would have won the game had it been converted, was not one of them.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1732691-denver-broncos-in-focus-c... The Broncos were dueling it out in an epic AFC West slug-fest. The game went all the way down to the wire in regulation, forcing an overtime period — Denver's first of the season.
Siemian and the Broncos drove the ball down and into Chiefs territory on their last possession of the game. They got all the way to the Kansas City 44-yard line, but came up against a 4th-&-10, with 1:08 left in overtime.
Kicker Brandon McManus has a huge leg. Kubiak sees McManus boot 70-yarders at practice on the regular. It wasn't the highest percentage of a kick, but Kubiak made the fateful decision to attempt the 62-yard field goal.
McManus missed it — pulled it wide left. But it was the right decision.
“It was very tough," Kubiak said. "The fact that we had no timeouts made me want to go in that direction. If you did have your timeouts maybe you think about punting it down there and see if you can get the ball back. I don’t know. We’re going to try to win. I’ve seen ‘B-Mac’ do that many times in practice. It’s on me. I just gave them a chance. I thought we could do it and we didn’t get it done. Give them credit.”
To tout Herm Edwards, you play to win the game. Kubiak's team had fought hard all night long and here was his chance to get out of there with a win. I love that aggressiveness.
He showed faith in McManus and his defense. If the defense could have kept Kansas City from converting a first down, the game would have ended in a tie, which would have been slightly better than a loss.
But Kubiak wasn't playing to lose — or to tie. He made his decision hoping to win. This time, he fell short. But he sent a message to his team that was certainly not lost on them. And his comments after the game bolster his gutsy call.
“My thing is that we’re going to try to win around here. I made that decision and it just didn’t work out. I have a lot of confidence in Brandon. I have a lot of confidence in our football team. That’s why I made that decision.”
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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