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Old 06-12-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Memo to Josh McDaniels: Let Peyton Hillis Play Tight End



Peyton Hillis, the country boy known best for blocking at Arkansas, rather than running over linebackers, had his chance.

And no, he didn't blow it. At least, not by performing poorly or turning the ball over.

It was just plain, bad luck.

The fact is, Hillis was Mike Shanahan's last resort when running backs started dropping like flies in 2008, and by some miracle, plotting the former fullback into the starting lineup turned out to be the best coaching move Shanahan made last season.

Hillis ultimately found his way on IR, but before he did, he was an absolute magician on the field, making spectacular catches, running through and around defenders, and always having a nose for the first down or goal-line.

It's as simple as this: Hillis is a gamer. The kid can play.

He's stocky and doesn't have 4.4 speed, but he is ultra athletic and versatile, and actually runs in the low 4.5's, making him an ideal prospect for a bruiser at running back.

However, after Shanahan was shown the door, so too were Hillis' dreams of ever starting at tailback again for the Denver Broncos.

Rather than hold steady and give Hills a chance, after he ran for over 340 yards, five touchdowns, and averaged five yards per carry, new coach Josh McDaniels brought in several washed-up veterans to compete, and then drafted Georgia's Knowshon Moreno.

This, all coming from the guy who drove Jay Cutler out of town.

A regular Ted Thompson.

But I've already made my gripes about all of that. I get it; Hillis isn't a running back in Denvers' mind, and probably not for many other teams, either.

That's fine.

But what isn't fine, is wasting this guy's heart and talent as a blocking back, trying to create a poor man's Mike Alstolt, or worse, not letting him touch the ball at all.

Game tape alone shows how versatile and athletic Hillis is, but a quick glance at the numbers also show his potential to be dominant in several different facets.

So, I say this: If he can't tote the ball, then let him catch it, dance around, and score some touchdowns.

There's just one problem, and his name is Tony Scheffler.

But I've got the perfect solution for McDaniels. Do away with Scheffler, just as he did with Cutler. After all, Scheffler wants more money and is already upset about losing his friend and quarterback.

So kill two birds with one stone. After all, Hillis has great hands, excellent body control, and is a better overall athlete than Scheffler.

Hillis has solid size for a tight end at 6'2'', and at 250 lbs, clearly has the mass to take on defensive ends and linebackers.

We already know he can block, help out in the running game, and after seeing him destroy Miami with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown last November, he clearly can catch in traffic, and can get yards after the catch.

The point is, if McDaniels doesn't do something with this kid other than line him up as a blocker, he's making his second dumbest move in only his first season.

Despite Hillis still being on the team, if he's not used properly and allowed to display his abilities, it will be the second complete waste of talent by Denver management and coaching in just one year.

It's perfect, really.

One look at Hillis, and you instantly think-Dallas Clark and Chris Cooley.

That, or one-man wrecking crew.





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Old 06-12-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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Ummm, has this guy read anything McD has had to say about hillis?
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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i think an interesting idea would be lining him up in the slot. Not permanantly, but on occasion. He is a major mismatch there. Try covering him with a nickel corner and he will just ragdoll a corner out of his way or truck the corner and keep running. same with most Safeties. the only players on a defense that could cover him would be OLBs and he is as strong or in some cases stronger than they are, and just as fast as the majority of LBs in the league. either way, putting him in the slot, either gives him mismatches he can exploit in a defense, or it causes a defense to have to give him double coverage, because a single corner can't be expected to bring him down, and that opens up other our other receivers or TEs or Moreno out of the backfield, depending on packages.

but the majority of the time i would like to see him in the backfield, receiving short passes like we used to do with Kyle Johnson, the occasional carry, and then split him out to the slot.
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He can play 4 positions on offense.
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Better is to use him at FB where he can do what a TE does but from the backfield.

Graham taking on the DE, Hillis hunting the linebackers, Moreno and Buckhalter reaping the benefits.

Besides Hillis is more experienced at blocking from the RB or FB spot.
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As long as he gets out onto the field in some capacity I'm going to be happy. The one sensible thing in that article was that it would be a terrible shame to let his obvious talents go to waste.

My preference is for him to play as a pass catching FB who occasionally gets to tote the rock, but he deserves a shot at being out on the field in some capacity imo!
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Ermmm ... how bout not. Easily the best back we had last year. He should be one or two, imo, if McD knows what he is doing. The kid plays his heart out and leaves it all on the field. He would be much more efficent at HB than TE.
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He should touch the ball at least 10 times a game plus carry 3-5 passes out of the backfield or lined up as an H-back. He could relieve Moreno...IMO a better option than any of our other backup options as a ball carrier...or he could carry from the FB spot.
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He should touch the ball at least 10 times a game plus carry 3-5 passes out of the backfield or lined up as an H-back. He could relieve Moreno...IMO a better option than any of our other backup options as a ball carrier...or he could carry from the FB spot.
Its an odd world when you and I agree.
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He should touch the ball at least 10 times a game plus carry 3-5 passes out of the backfield or lined up as an H-back. He could relieve Moreno...IMO a better option than any of our other backup options as a ball carrier...or he could carry from the FB spot.
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Doesn't matter how he gets the ball, but imo McDaniels should find ways to get the ball into his hands. I actually think that he could become a favorite check down option for Orton or Simms given the system we're looking to impliment.
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Doesn't matter how he gets the ball, but imo McDaniels should find ways to get the ball into his hands. I actually think that he could become a favorite check down option for Orton or Simms given the system we're looking to impliment.
He's the best short yardage back we have and I doubt anyone else on the team has that kind of power. If we can use him on the ground as well as catching passes and blocking, he'll make Moreno a more effective back.
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Better is to use him at FB where he can do what a TE does but from the backfield.

Graham taking on the DE, Hillis hunting the linebackers, Moreno and Buckhalter reaping the benefits.

Besides Hillis is more experienced at blocking from the RB or FB spot.
Absolutely.

This article is retarded from so many angles.

Having Scheffler in the Y and Hillis and FB, and then flexing Scheffler to Y open (slot), and motioning Hillis to the same... talent and versatility like that is a match up nightmare.
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