Kendall Hinton: "The Most Eventful 24 Hours of My Life"
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The quarterback is the most important player on his football team and he is responsible for every move.
Of course, there are also substitute playmakers who can be deployed if the regular quarterback fails.
But what happens when no playmaker is available anymore?
That was what the Denver Broncos had to find out in the NFL.
Without their four (!) Nominal quarterbacks, the Broncos lost on Sunday 3:31 to the New Orleans Saints.
Regular Jeff Driskel was put on the Covid-19 list on Thursday.
But because his substitutes Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles had violated the Corona protocol, they were also not allowed to be used.
The three players had apparently been in close contact with Driskel and did not wear masks during a joint video analysis.
The Broncos were looking for a replacement quarterback on their team and found what they were looking for in 23-year-old Kendall Hinton.
Hinton actually plays the wide receiver position, but was also a quarterback in college.
The brief preparation time for his unusual - and ungrateful - NFL debut was noticeable in Hinton.
In the first half, he did not bring a ball to the man.
When he did manage to get a pass, the Associated Press (AP) reported it as something of its own: "The Denver Broncos have finally made a pass." In the end, Hinton hit a successful pass over 13 yards in nine attempts.
He made two interceptions.
"The most eventful 24 hours of my life"
After the game, Hinton said he only had time to learn 20 to 30 plays on his team.
The NFL team's moves book is filled with hundreds of ideas; a team usually prepares around 100 moves for a game.
"I'm familiar with our concepts, but it's very different from quarterback," said Hinton. "I can safely say that these were the most eventful 24 hours of my life."
Head coach Vic Fangio was not angry with his substitute quaterback.
"He did everything he could," said Fangio.
“He was looking forward to it.
We were happy for him, his teammates were happy for him. ”But a lot was asked of Hinton, it just didn't work out.
Broncos awaits punishment
Meanwhile, the nominal substitute quarterback Drew Lock apologized for his mistake in dealing with the corona protocol.
“In a controlled environment with social distancing, we took our masks off for a limited time.
An honest mistake, but one I'll admit to myself, ”tweeted Lock.
Because of the rule violations, the team must expect a severe penalty.
According to US media reports, the NFL responded to violations of the Corona rules with heavy fines against the Saints and the New England Patriots.
The Saints have to pay half a million US dollars, the league wants the Patriots to be fined 350,000 US dollars.
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