Thank goodness Russell Wilson grabbed the wheel of the clown car from clueless Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett

Thank goodness Russell Wilson grabbed the wheel of the clown car from clueless Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett

Thank goodness Russell Wilson grabbed the wheel of the clown car from clueless Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett

Quarterback Russell Wilson grabbed the wheel of the clown car driven by Nathaniel Hackett and rode Broncos Country to the rescue.

Saving a clueless rookie head coach from himself, Wilson led a fourth-quarter comeback to beat low-key Houston 16-9 on a Sunday when the boo birds came out and let the home team know that all this unforgivable garbage has to stop.

“I don’t blame them,” Hackett said. “I mean, damn, I’d bow myself. I got very frustrated.”

Let’s pause to give thanks that the Broncos found a way to beat one of the NFL’s worst teams in spite of themselves.

“All I really care about is the cheer at the end, because we won,” said Wilson, whose 22-yard strike to tight end Eric Saubert with 12 minutes, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved all it took to beat Houston was a narrow touchdown.

Denver won, improving its record to 1-1 despite repeated red-zone woes; despite 13 bonehead penalties, including a delay-of-game violation on a field goal attempt; despite sending the punt return team on the field with no one to field the punt; despite running out of timeouts midway through the fourth quarter, and despite so much brain freeze by Hackett that I’m beginning to wonder if his gray matter is made of Dippin’ Dots.

“This has got to stop,” Hackett said, looking like he could use a hug.

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

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

Through two weeks, Hackett is now 0-6 converting red zone drives into touchdowns as a play-call. Instead of pounding the ball into the end zone behind steamroller running back Javonte Williams, Hackett seems inclined to make goofy eyes on his offensive play sheet and fall in love with cute.

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

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