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September 13, 2022 6:06 am

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September 13, 2022 6:06 am

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We're having a really interesting internal discussion here that will lay out for you, not this segment, but coming up in about 15 minutes or so, just because we're not sure exactly. We let you hear what Nathaniel Hackett had to say about those decisions and the lack thereof in the late stages, the final minute of this loss to the Seattle Seahawks. And I do want to let you hear more from the Seahawks themselves, because this was their win and they should be the focus for at least part of the show. But we're trying to figure out what the question was that Nathaniel Hackett answered specifically when he spewed the, we didn't think we were going to get that many yards line. So anyway, we'll get back to that.

It's, I don't know that it's uber important because the point still remains. If he thought they were going to get five yards on fourth and five, they go for it. Duh. I mean, he doesn't have to say that out loud for us to all recognize that he did not think the Broncos were going to convert on fourth and five.

Otherwise they don't settle for a 64 yard field goal. So that's obvious. It's implied. And that's why Twitter blew up. I mean, I watch football with Twitter open because I like to see the reactions of others around the fraternity. So whether it be former players, whether it be players for other teams, whether it be analysts, sometimes very rarely, but sometimes you'll get general manager types who are also commenting. And so it's a running conversation, essentially a stream of consciousness.

And I like to see what others have to say about it. And so as I'm processing the end of the game and you hear Kurt Warner kind of freak out at the decision to kick the ball instead of leave it in the hands of his pro bowl quarterback, Nathaniel Hackett is, he's new on the job. They're all new on the job as Brandon Kristol points out. But there's no way around it. If you do not allow your quarterback to take a snap on fourth and five, when the field goal is 64 yards, would have been the second longest in NFL history, then you clearly believe that your quarterback has less of a chance of converting that fourth down than does your kicker in hitting a career long field goal.

I mean, there's no way around that. He obviously didn't think they were going to get the yards or he felt like it was a higher percentage play to kick. But some of the responses on Twitter, I mean, they just blow you away about paying Russell Wilson $256 million to watch on the sidelines while your kicker tries a 64 yarder.

You all know Trey Young from the Atlanta Hawks. He tweeted, this made me laugh out loud. He tweeted that someone just told me Broncos nation, let's kick, which is a play on Broncos nation, let's ride.

That's Russell Wilson's phrase. They've been using, he's been using it. They've been teasing him about it. There's videos of him doing that. I mean, that's kind of his thing now. It's his theme is let's ride.

Well, instead it got twisted into let's kick. And so you even have athletes from other sports who will weigh in and the NBA has a lot of guys who are really active on Twitter. So it's kind of funny to see the conversation. You can find me on Twitter, a law radio. There's a bunch of reaction there. And then also on our Facebook page after hours with Amy Lawrence, our phone number 855-212-4227.

That's 855-212-4CBS. No, the Seattle Seahawks did not score in the second half. They had 17 points all in the first half, but you got to admit it was a dynamic performance from Gino Smith before they hit the break. It's third down in two Seattle game opening drive at the Denver 38.

There's the belt. I snapped dropping back three running back getting away from traffic and smoking throws. Let's go five into the end zone. Touchdown Seattle. 38 yard touchdown pass and the Evasive quarterback Gino Smith was hit.

He escaped. He was slippery and he threw to his open tight end. Disley got it and he's in for six for Seattle. Second down six Denver 25, the Seattle quarterback gets the shotgun snap.

There's a pass over the shoulder. Touchdown tight end Colby Parkinson beating two defenders. Gino Smith has thrown his second touchdown pass tonight for Seattle. A 25 yard strike and the Seahawks go up 16 to 10 just before halftime. Once again, before the break, Gino Smith was 17 of 18 for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Near perfect. So the offense was the complete opposite in the second half, but it was more like what people expected after halftime. They had some really quick possessions like the three and out after the defense had gone back to back stops. In fact, back to back takeaways in the red zone against the Broncos. They give the ball back to Gino Smith in the offense with about five and a half minutes to go maybe.

And they probably go three and out. I mean that was tough. It was a tough ask on the defense though the Seahawks D kept stepping up. And so we kind of saw more of the stabilization there in the second half, but rising to the occasion with the electric crowd, the 12th man going crazy. This was, I thought impressive, efficient performance that maybe we should give Gino more credit for. Lot of jokes being made at Gino's expense over the course of the preseason. Oh, he only beat out Drew Locke, Jacob Eason, but Pete Carroll has been really consistent in talking about how Gino outright won this job. Now, Gino did an interview on the field after the game in which he told, I think it was Lisa Salters, that people wrote him off, but he didn't write back essentially.

And he elaborated on that in the post game press conference. I think when people say what I've been through, I think that's a stretch, man. I'm in the NFL for 10 years. So I mean to say what I've been through is, it's kind of funny. And then to say, you know, people wrote me off, I just been working, you know, that's what it means, but I never wrote back. I don't listen to stuff like that. I just work as far as worrying about naysayers, anything like that.

I don't get into that type of stuff. Very, you know, good to see Gino go out there and do that. I mean, he's had it in his whole time.

He just hasn't had the, you know, perfect opportunity, you know, for him to go out there and showcase, you know, what he really is able to do when he's in full control of a football team or of an offense. So just for him to go out there and get a win like that, I mean, it really just shows the confidence that we have in him. And, you know, what we're looking forward to this whole season. DK Metcalf had seven catches and 36 yards. Will Disley had the really nice touchdown.

In fact, the initial one that you heard with Kevin Harlan on Westwood won. What stood out to me in that first half is that Gino connected with eight different receivers, eight different targets, plus Rashad Penny, who was their star or their feature back, I should say, not their star back. Nobody really ran the ball a ton in this game. But the idea that they were able to spread the ball around is so critical, right, to keep some of the defenses off balance and say the NFC West. It is a little bit humorous that the Seahawks are the only team in that vaunted NFC West division with a win. The San Francisco 49ers got a lead, a two touchdown lead in Chicago in the slop and then saw the Bears score was at 19 unanswered points there. The Cardinals, they got blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs and I mean bullied, knocked over on the playground, their lunch money stolen, went home tail between their legs. And the Los Angeles Rams, it wasn't quite as stark, but the Buffalo Bills manhandled them as well. Three teams in the NFC West that are expected to be at the very least playoff contenders and all of them with a rude awakening in their season openers while Seattle took care of its bidness.

It's after hours here on CBS Sports Radio. Brandon Kristol just told us that there was a lot of booing when Russell Wilson came out of the tunnel, though he makes the point that Russ was leading the rest of the Broncos. I have no idea why in the world you would ever boo Russell Wilson if you're a Seahawks fan because even if he's on the opposing team now, it's not like Broncos and Seahawks are rivals. It's not like he went to the Niners for heaven sakes. But even so, this was the Seahawks decision to trade him. And we don't really know that he ever asked for a trade the year before, only that his agent put out several teams where he'd be comfortable going as if the Seahawks should accommodate him. But regardless, this was the Seahawks decision to trade him.

They felt like it was the best business move for them. They're willing to go a year without a face of the franchise quarterback. They're willing to go with a stopgap QB for now because they want those picks and they wanted those players.

They are in rebuild mode. They're the ones that made the decision. They didn't want to pay Russell Wilson what he was asking. The Broncos were willing to do it and then not willing to give him the ball on fourth and five.

Seriously, isn't that crazy? Russell Wilson got the contract from Denver that Seattle wouldn't give him. But even though they gave him the money, they didn't give him the opportunity to prove himself in front of his old team and old fan base. It's just ironic. Give him the money, but don't give him the ball.

Okay. I think there's a huge difference between booing him and not supporting him. I was actually surprised by the booing. I thought he might hear some applause.

I thought he might hear some cheers. After all, he was immersed in Seattle for 10 years. He gave him everything he had and he was essentially an Ironman until last season when he missed a few games. They were relevant for most of the time that he was there. They were NFC West champs more than once. They were twice to the Super Bowl. They trounced the Broncos in the Super Bowl a few years before Peyton Manning finally exited. And yeah, a lot of it to do with the Legion of Boom.

I get it. But come on, Russ has got dozens of comebacks led. He's a guy who has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league at times. I don't know what more you could have asked of him. I was surprised with the prominent booing to be sure. I feel like if it's me and I'm a Seahawks fan, I'm grateful for the 10 years that he gave us. So what about Pete Carroll? What about that reaction to Russ?

I didn't know. And I was wondering how they would respond, figuring that they probably would respond in a way that trying to make it as hard as possible on the other game because they want to win. And so that's what competing is. And our fans competed in spectacular fashion tonight. This was an amazing, an amazing place to be tonight. And right from the get go. It didn't bother me. You know, it was, you know, this is a hostile environment. It's always has been. I didn't expect him to give a round of applause every once in a while.

You know, like I would say, you know, I gave everything I had every day here, every day. And anybody says anything else, you know, they're completely wrong. That alone, maybe it's worth laying off the boos. Well, the B-O-O-Z-E and the B-O-O-S. Russ had very complimentary words about Seattle, about his former teammates, about his former fans because clearly they're not his fans anymore. He took the high road. And I'll say the same thing about him that I said about the fans. I have no idea why there would be any acrimony unless he's a little salty about being traded, but it doesn't sound like he is. He feels like he's got a better situation in Denver now and an opportunity to join a team that has great potential. He wasn't thrilled with the end of his time there in Seattle, but he never said a bad word about the Seahawks. Now, I think it's interesting. People pointed out that maybe they met in the tunnel beforehand or maybe they had a pow wow after the game, but there were cameras trained on both Russ and Pete Carroll in pregame and it didn't appear as though they ever got together for a conversation.

Never the twain shall meet. Russ loved the time that he spent in Seattle. Wouldn't take it back. And I appreciate that he doesn't have a bad word to say because, let's be honest, it didn't end the way that he wanted.

No, the team, as we found out, tried to trade him going back to 2018. Those things can hurt, but I feel like it's easier to walk away when you're in a better position. Seattle's been amazing for me. Like I said, anybody who thinks any other words, they don't know my heart and they don't know how much this city has meant to me.

From all the kids I've met to building our school here to all the games we won here, all the special times, forever grateful for it. I appreciate that from Russ. And we have now heard similar sentiments from Baker Mayfield, though it took him a bit to get there. I mean, he always loved Cleveland and he had positive things to say about the fans, kind of, only that he didn't love being booed and who cares and how would you like it if I came up to your cubicle and booed. He's now in a place where he can be complimentary.

Yeah, it's always easier to take the high road with your first love when you've moved on to a new love. And that's where Russ is now. He was all in with Seattle and the fans for 10 years. They had an intimate relationship. But it's not like he's single now and without a team and without a new love. It's a lot easier to be complimentary about an old relationship or an ex when you are very happy in your new relationship.

Then you can wish the old dude or the old gal nothing but the best. I'm not sure Baker was quite there at the time because we know Cleveland did the divorcing first before he was ready. All right, deep breath. That was a lot.

First hour and 20 minutes just flew right by. We're going to do our first edition of TD of the Week coming up this hour and there's more to get to in football. For instance, Dak Prescott surgery on Monday and we were waiting for news on both Najee Harris and TJ Watt in Pittsburgh. Todd Bowles has a couple updates on injuries as well. And I suppose now we have to put Jamal Adams in there too. Pete Carroll did talk about Jamal and believes he has a significant injury.

So we'll try to update you on all of the injuries or as many as we can get to coming up. You can find me on Twitter, A Law Radio, also on our Facebook page. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio.

You are listening to the After Hours podcast. Ezekiel Elliott made the catch and right away David was there to bring him down. And now Prescott, I mentioned he got his hand hit a moment ago, has come out of the game and Cooper Rush has come in.

Boy, oh boy, talk about it just all going wrong in week one for Dallas. In the game, just in the midst of it, thought I jammed it. I mean, I've hit my hand on helmets or bodies a lot in my career and never really had anything, maybe a jammed finger here and actually thought that's what it was. Just the next play, he realized I couldn't grip the ball, let the sideline know. And then when I got off, yeah, I told the trainers the same thing. Just got to go see the doctor tomorrow. Plans for to see him surgery tomorrow and let me know once they get in there, they see everything. I was told it was much cleaner than it could have been.

This is After Hours with Amy Lawrence. The voice of one Dak Prescott Sunday following the game. I give him credit for speaking to the media, even though at that point he already knew he'd already heard the bombshell reaction from the doctors, the trainers when they tested him out or checked him out that he had a fracture in his thumb and was going to need surgery and yet he stood there and he answered questions.

That to me is a leader and it's also, it's maturity. Not every athlete, not every human would be willing to talk or would even, maybe he didn't even want to, but would do it anyway in the wake of such devastating news. And we know it was devastating for a lot of fans too because our social media blew up. The Cowboys are one of those teams that are very divisive, seemingly love them or hate them. There's no in between and the amount of piling on Dallas that was done over the last 24 hours, it was palpable. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence here on CBS Sports Radio. You can find me on Twitter, ALawRadio, also on our Facebook page named after the show.

We've got a YouTube channel as well. You heard the call from Ryan Radke and Mike Golick on Westwood 1 on Sunday night as Cooper Rush enters the game and then Dak's reaction thinking he just jammed it in that collision, well collision, in that battle at the line in which he lost, his thumb lost to Shaq Barrett, their hands kind of, well the hand of Shaq Barrett was coming down and smashed right into his thumb. And so it was one of those deals where like in a car accident where the car that's got the momentum generally does the damage, right?

So Shaq Barrett's arm was coming down and connected with his thumb and just the force that was behind it. Only imagine how painful that was. It looked painful even before we knew that there was a fracture. But he did have the surgery on Monday and at this point what doctors are saying is that it's likely to be six to eight weeks before he returns to the field, before he can go through the rehab and be ready to throw a football again. Be ready to grip a football again.

It's one thing to throw it but if you can't hold on to it. Isn't that the issue with Russell Wilson last year? He came back so quickly and was unable to grip the football.

And it was tough the first couple of weeks, actually maybe the first month or so they rushed him back and he did not look the same. So if you look at that timeline, we're talking late October, somewhere in that window. But it could actually be eight weeks into mid-November. By the way, and I only know this because I was reading about it, not because I had the schedule memorized, November 13th the Dallas Cowboys are in Green Bay taking on the Packers in what will be Mike McCarthy's return to Lambeau Field. Will Dak be available for November 13th? Will he be back before that? McCarthy himself was talking to the media on Monday and it's kind of a smack in the face.

Dak is our quarterback, he's one of our top leaders, franchise quarterback. But it's week on, and just speaking with him last night, he'll still be a part of it every day. So yeah, it's part of the challenge.

I mean, I'd prefer a little more emotion than that, but okay, got to be stoic, got to keep going. Part of the challenge. So then is that what you tell your team? It's just part of the challenge when you lose your starting quarterback in the first game of your very first, the first game of your very first month. And in addition to that, even with that quarterback on the field, you only managed three points.

What? Stick to the journey. I mean, our theme this year is resilience. We knew that we were going to have challenges. You can't get to where you want to go without them.

And we got a bunch in week one. So, you know, we're just charging forward. I mean, I really liked the energy and the communication in the meetings today with the players. So they just, anything they asked me is just keep believing in us.

And I do believe them. I love our locker room. I think we definitely got the right people. We need to be better than we were yesterday. We recognize that. So I can tell you their work ethic is extremely high. The belief and understanding is very high. We need to perform better. I got to perform better. So that's where we are. All right. I mean, there's no crying over spilt milk.

Is that what he's saying? It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. I would say that there's a lot more panicking being done by Cowboys fans or as would be the opposite reaction, the piling on and the laughing and the pointing like the Cowboys are some monkey at the zoo for heaven sakes, the way that people are just like gloating in that Dak got hurt or maybe not so much that Dak got hurt, but that the Cowboys just lost their starting quarterback after getting embarrassed on their own field to start the season on national TV. I hate it. I hate it when guys get injured. I don't care if it's the best player on a team that is a rival for the one that I root for.

I hate it. These guys work so hard and Dak's already come through some really painful and devastating injuries and had gotten back to the point. He'd said to us for the first time in what it feels like forever. I wasn't spending my summer rehabbing. I wasn't spending my training camp, my preseason trying to get back into a groove. No, I was healthy.

I've been healthy. And then this happens. I mean, it sucks. You don't have to love the Dallas Cowboys or appreciate Dak to recognize that as a human, that is painful.

It's painful that you work so hard and then bam, just as you think you're ready to go. It just went from bad to a whole lot worse for the Dallas Cowboys. Now, I don't know how good the NFC East is going to be this year. It's clear that with Brian Daybal and the new coaching staff, the Giants will be more competitive. They still have weak points and Achilles heels, of course. The Eagles are probably, at least without Dak Prescott in the division, they're the team to beat.

We've seen that, but they also have plenty of fatal flaws. It may still be a division that's up for grabs, probably will be a division that's up for grabs in mid-November, but how quickly can Dak get up to speed? And at that point, are the Cowboys any closer to finding their new offensive identity?

I mean, that's the thing that I think is lost in all of this. It's not just a starting quarterback is out for six to eight weeks with a fracture in his thumb. It's these Cowboys were completely lacking any offensive identity because of the number of guys that left because it's CeeDee Lamb and then a bunch of other receivers that you're waiting to see whether or not they're going to step up. We know the offensive line was already in transition and then they're losing guys still with injuries.

The whole thing is a lot of moving parts. Dak was the stability. He was the leader of that offense and was going to kind of help guide through this period of transition. He was going to be the one who provided the consistency and now they're going to be spinning and circling and searching until he comes back because they're not going to find an offensive identity with Cooper Rush. The Cowboys are going to do anything they can to protect the offense with Cooper Rush out there. You got to be, I would say, a lot more conservative when it's Cooper than when it's Dak Prescott. Dak can throw the ball. He can move. That's not Cooper and really not Jimmy Garoppolo.

I mean, Garoppolo can throw the ball. He's not a guy who's going to do a lot of scrambling. You're always afraid he's going to tear an ACL if he starts moving, but I don't even think that's a possibility. It doesn't sound like it unless the Cowboys do it about face. Seems like they're buckled down. I don't know, though.

You would expect them to make some kind of a move. Now, as for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Najee Harris apparently strained, or maybe tweaked would be a better word, that foot in a previous Liz Frank injury, so it's not expected to keep him out. In fact, he could be back on the field for week number two, so that was the good news that the Steelers got on Monday. The test came back negative, and according to different insiders, he's likely to be out there on Sunday against the Patriots, but T.J. Watt, they're not sure yet. It's definitely a torn pectoral muscle. He is going to get not just a second opinion, but a third opinion about the torn pec. He's hoping, as I would be too, there's someone out there who will tell him he doesn't need surgery, that he can somehow heal without getting the surgery, because if he gets the surgery, his season's probably done.

If he doesn't, maybe he comes back in a month and a half, two months. You want to talk about being able to have a high pain tolerance, being able to play with pain. How could you imagine? Me? I guess. All right, it's kind of a rhetorical question, but I was thinking, does that mean maybe it's partially torn or they think it might be partially torn, not fully torn? Because if it's partially torn, couldn't that puppy snap at any time? Yeah, I hate to be the bearer of bad news.

You're looking for the second and the third and the fourth and the fifth. You just want to hear something that's not there. No, I mean, have guys done it? Yeah.

Yeah. I mean, it's possible you're going to be in a ridiculous amount of pain. They're going to shoot you up with all kinds of stuff.

And is it really worth it? Because I don't know if it's going to make it so much worse than it's going to linger into next year and linger into for the rest of your life. That's not good. So I don't I'd be stunned if we see TJ Watt. I didn't remember when this was, but I knew his brother had a torn pec. So JJ Watt, it actually wasn't that long ago. He tore his pec in October of 2019 and was back on the field before the end of the year. That was with Houston, right? So that was his last year with Houston. Yeah.

And with the harness and everything. Yeah, I do vaguely remember that. Yeah.

But again, you're talking about that's still a few months. Like, I have a hard time believing that he's going to be able to do this and come back. I have room for him.

I really am. It's just, again, we're getting to the point where it's like, it's the science that tells you, like, this can't be done. Like, you know, again, but guys have done crazy things. I mean, you know, I remember Lawrence Taylor playing with the harness against the Saints in 88. I mean, the guy couldn't lift his arm and he wound up with three sacks in the game.

Like, right. Would you take a TJ Watt that's 70 percent or a TJ Watt that's 50 percent over pretty much everybody else? If I'm the Steelers, yes. But if I'm TJ Watt, like, you've got to be careful that this doesn't, you know, derail you the rest of your career.

As much as it stinks to lose a season, you need to get healthy. Well, that's true. But you know, those guys are crazy. I'm aware.

They're pretty nuts. And I would say even having half of TJ Watt is probably better than still a lot of guys in the league. I get it. But your job is also to protect themselves. If it's partially torn, he somehow popped the whole thing or I don't know. I mean, he'd need someone to tell him that he couldn't do further damage. But again, look, if they said, you know, doctors tell you you can't do any more damage.

It is what it is. Put in the harness. You know, again, I don't want to gloss over.

Shoot him up with painkillers, too, because there's no way you're going out there. Of course. Again, and we kind of, you know, we skip that part. But like, if that's all possible and he can go through it and he's not going to injure himself further, then that's your choice and you want to do it.

I'm all for it. But again, like sometimes we have to keep in mind, like guys, just because you'll do it doesn't mean you should. And teams have to make sure that they protect their star players. They're all their players from themselves.

You know, we don't know. Nobody wants to see TJ White on the sideline, but you know, sometimes you have to. It's tough.

It certainly is tough. All right, Jay, give me thumbs up, thumbs down on candidates for TD of the Week. All right. So that is what you'll hear after the update and a little more about this internal discussion we're having regarding Nathaniel Hackett and his postgame comments about the fourth and five. We'll let you in on what we're trying to figure out. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence.

You are listening to the After Hours podcast. It's a touchdown Tuesday on After Hours. Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! To cast your vote for the TD of the Week, head to at After HoursCBS on Twitter or give us a call at 855-212-4227.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady will go under center, first and goal from the five. Ball resting in between the hash marks.

Here's the snap. Brady back, lobs it left corner for Mike Evans. Oh, one-handed grab! Mike Evans makes the catch. Touchdown, Tampa Bay! Tom Brady puts it in the air and Mike Evans reaching up, snatches it down with one hand. The Buccaneers add to their lead.

The Minnesota Vikings. Play action. Kirk back to pass. He'll throw right.

Look at that. Jefferson uncovered 20-15, 10. Dances to the right to the five. Dies for the end zone. Touchdown!

And J.J. is killing them again. The New Orleans Saints. First and goal for the Saints. Snap to Winston, throws to the end zone and that is going to be a touchdown.

Left side. Welcome back, number 13, Mike Thomas. His first touchdown since 2019.

The Chicago Bears. Stunt picked up up front, Eric Armstead being shoved out of the way, circling out of it, pivoting to set up a throw. Wide open near side, pass is caught. There's Pettis to the 20, to the 15, to the 10, to the end zone!

Wow! Justin Fields to a wide open Dante Pettis. You know how difficult it is to narrow down a week's worth of touchdowns to just four candidates for TD of the week? We generally try to pull scores from teams that win, so that kind of helps us narrow it down. We also want really good radio calls, which of course we've got some fantastic play-by-play voices around the National Football League. But man, there are other touchdowns that we could use. These are our four candidates, so you can yell at us on social media.

But the poll will soon be up on Twitter after our CBS and then also on our Facebook page. We want you to select the week one TD of the week and we'll go quickly through what we just heard. The only touchdown on Sunday Night Football, Tom Brady to Mike Evans. It was a one-handed, twisting grab over his back shoulder in the end zone.

Man alive! He is so athletic and obviously Tom Brady knows what Mike Evans is capable of. The call with Ryan Radke and Mike Golick on Westwood 1. Then we had three local calls. Justin Jefferson, a record number of receiving yards in the first half against the Packers. They had no answer for him on Sunday. He had 158 receiving yards in the first half alone. Also had a couple of touchdowns, Paul Allen on Vikings Radio. Welcome back Michael Thomas on Saints Radio. You hear the first of his two touchdowns.

He hadn't played since week 14 of 2020 and still you cannot guard Mike. And then finally, this had to be one of my favorite plays of the entire week one because it was so athletic and also intelligent and you could see the progression of Justin Fields. As the pressure is coming from the San Francisco 49ers, the second year Bears quarterback sidesteps, eludes pressure, escapes the pocket and then has the presence of mind with his head up to realize that there's blown coverage and Dante Pettis is across the field with no defender within 15 yards of him. So he kind of does the quick plant and turn and chucks the ball, accurately, to Pettis. Pettis is able to then go 50 plus yards for the touchdown.

It was really impressive. Again, you can find the poll on Twitter After Hours CBS or on our Facebook page, our first TD of the Week. NFL with one weekend in the books.

You know they're going to come fast and furious, right? It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence here on CBS Sports Radio. Our phone number 855-212-4227.

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AutoZone. We were listening to Nathaniel Hackett defend his choice to go for a 64 yard field goal instead of allowing Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense to stay on the field for fourth and five. And as we heard what he had to say, I pinpointed one particular phrase and I want to play this soundbite for you again. We also went back and tried to understand the question because, well, because I want to be sure that we're being accurate as we kind of process what this first year head coach had to say about what transpired there on fourth down. Hey Brandon gave it his best shot. I mean that's a long field goal to hit. I think he's completely capable of that, but obviously I wish we would have gotten a lot closer, but it put us in that weird spot there because we were in the field goal range, but we were on that fourth down situation. Didn't think we were gonna get that many yards, so I thought it was a great job by Javonte and we just made the decision.

We want to take our shot there on that one. So we went back and we listened to the question from the reporter and the reporter was asking him, were you going to kick regardless? Were you right on the line for the distance for Brandon McManus? Meaning were you planning to go for it regardless of what happened on third down when they had a third and 14? So yeah, third and 14 with a minute and 11 seconds to go, Javonte ends up getting nine yards and puts them in that fourth and five situation. It was a really impressive play by Javonte Williams, who by the way had a fumble on the goal line earlier in the game. Anyway, he gets the nine yards, he gives them a fourth and five and at that point they become, it's almost chaotic, they become completely disorganized.

They're not sure what they're doing. They're not sure whether or not they should call a timeout initially, whether they should, now according to Coach Hackett, they were always planning to kick there, but whether they should let time run off the clock and if you're planning to kick, you don't want to leave any time on the clock, except that's not what he said, right? What he said was that was on us, we let way too much time go off the clock, but if you think you might put the ball in the hands of your quarterback on fourth and five, the quarterback that you brought to Denver specifically for the purposes of winning, well then you call a timeout and you set up the play. But after listening back to him, we are wondering if maybe when he said we didn't think we were going to get that many yards that he might have been talking about the third down play when they were third and 14, but it really doesn't matter because ultimately whether he says it there implicitly about fourth down, it's still the truth. If he thought Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense were going to pick up five yards on fourth and five, he would have left them on the field. So he didn't think they were going to get that many yards. It's after hours on CBS Sports Radio.
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