Don’t blame the novice yielder punt for a fatal mistake

Englewood, Colorado (AP) – Admittedly, the Denver Broncos have made a lot of rookie mistakes thus far.

However, they insisted that their young bet yielder who failed to take the field for the boat return was not one of them on Sunday.

Special Teams coordinator Dwayne Stokes said rookie Montreal Washington had already done the right thing by not slipping onto the court for a comeback early in the fourth quarter against Houston, forcing coach Nathaniel Hackett to burn a time-out.

“I don’t think you can blame Montreal for that, can you?” Stukes said Thursday in his first comment on the sequence that took place less than 10 minutes before the end of Denver’s 16-9 victory.

Stukes said the defenders celebrated a tad too tall after defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones sacked Davis Mills, pushing the Texans out of the field goal range with the Broncos in front of 13-9.

“There’s no disrespect from that statement for defense, but we played really well in defense – we got a sack,” Stokes said. “They partyed a little longer than we expected. Houston brought their punt to the field with urgency and the clock was going fast, ticking, ticking.”

Stokes suggested that Washington did the right thing by staying on the sidelines because there were already 11 men on the field and if he ran for a punt, the Broncos would be penalized. That would have brought the Texans back into the field goal range at the Denver 40-yard line for a 58-yard attempt by Ka’imi Fairbairn.

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