We’ll see if Nathaniel can hack it as a head coach

I can't imagine how much work goes into being a head coach of an NBA team. No one is paying me millions of dollars to learn everything and be good at them. You have to manage both sides of the ball, as well as being the CEO of the other side of the ball, when you are a coach. You have to approve what the guy you hired comes up with for that side. All the other guys have to be hired as well. You need to be able to connect with most of your players, while also figuring out how their employment history fits into your vision of the team, if it does at all. Dealing with your boss, the media commitments, the promotional commitments, as well as problem-solving on what I'm guessing is a daily basis is all part of the job.

Every person who becomes an NFL head coach has been thinking of becoming a coach for a long time before they ever get their first job. As the National Football League is on every plane, we know that every coach is thinking about what he would do differently than what his boss would do. They must think about it. It is probably bordering on an obsession.

You are hired after the season. You get a full four months to plan your first mini camp, six to map out training camp, and then eight before your first regular-season game. All that time to think about all the variables, problems, and equations that could be used in a game.

Nathaniel Hackett didn't know how a clock works when he was hired as the Broncos coach.

The Broncos were an absolute mess on Monday night in Seattle, with communication problems, delay-of-game penalties, every other type of penalty with discipline that bordered on kindergarten-like, and then some clock management at the end of the game that made everyone question whether the construct of time is

The field in Seattle is loud. This isn't a secret. The quarterback for Hackett used to play in Seattle. Maybe he mentioned something. Unless of course, Russell Wilson is so far up his own ass that he thought the Seattle fans would be reserved when he was on the field.

The most scrutinized is clock management by coaches. Many people can see how they would do it on Madden. The regular fan doesn't get to try and mesh egos of millionaires in a locker room or design a game plan, but they do get to run a two minute drill. It might be because games come down so often to the last drives of games. All that work you have done, or were supposed to do, is for nothing. You would think coaches would be aware of that. Many people treat a two-minute drill like they were asked to barehand a cooking dish that's been in the oven for two hours.

The Broncos got a gift when the Seahawks had two injured players and had to take their own timeout after running a stuffed screen. All of the timeouts were retained by this. The last minute gave Denver a chance to think. The incomplete pass left 3rd-and-14 with 1:11 on the clock. It is very easy. You have two plays to get 14 yards, you have a guy like Wilson who you trust to come up with a 4th-and- 6 if you need it, and you have timeouts.

The Broncos got a nine-yard checkdown to set up the fourth-and-4. It's pretty simple here as well. If you convert, take your first timeout, figure out what you want to do, and take your second timeout. If not the remedial class, this is. You need to fill out this form on the SAT.

The Broncos rushed to the line and then stood there. They were blocking a scene in a play. Everyone was the person who hedged. The clock ran to 20 seconds when the game ended. They called a timeout.

The field goal was 64 yards.

It's like standing at a blackjack table. They missed it. They wondered why the numbers kept changing so they could have Billy Hoyle shoot a hook shot. For eight months, Nathaniel was waiting. This is the scenario that he came up with after playing it in his head for a long time. If you're not a Broncos fan, it's actually brilliant art, a complex statement on the passage of time and whether timeouts are just a delusion for us to feel like we aren't always creeping closer to death.

It was all about stepping on a rake. It took eight months for the rake to be stepped on. It might be a good idea for organizations to take a break before hiring someone who couldn't win a playoff game with the Packers. It's just a thought. What are they going to do with all that time?

Trout homering toward history… though you might not know

If you are looking for a definition of screaming into the void, I have the answer for you: Mike Trout homering in his seventh straight game.

It doesn't matter if the best player of his generation is doing something that only historic ones can do. It was thrown into the depths of Anaheim and disappeared next to Bing Bong on a heap of other footnotes. The little things that built Trout's career won't help him stay over the emptiness of the Angels. What are they going to do with all that time?