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Mile High Salute w/ Mike Koele: Peyton Hillis

March 30, 2009
Peyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

The rumor lately is that Peyton Hillis may not be safe when it comes to being moved to another team.  I cannot state strongly enough how against this I am.  Yes, he just finished his first season.  Yes, he was injured towards the end.  No, he did not put up flashy numbers. 

You know what he did do that not many other players seemed to manage this past year?  He brought a drive, determination and spark to the team that proved to be a winning ingredient. Don’t believe me?

Hillis appeared in 12 games this year and started 6.  Out of those 6 games, Denver won 4 of them.  On 68 carries he gained 343 yards averaging 5 yards a carry.  He had 14 receptions for 179 yards, averaging 12.8 yards a catch. Hillis also had 5 rushing touchdowns and one receiving.  In case you are checking, he was second in carries on the team to Michael Pittman only, first in yards gained and first in average among running backs (Eddie Royal averaged more per carry than anyone) and he had the most rushing touchdowns on the team. 

His 12.8 yards a catch was 4th on the team which was better than Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley.  Not to mention, if anyone watched him play he gutted out some serious yards and first downs when they mattered including a punishing hit on Chiefs’ safety Bernard Pollard.  Oh and he had no fumbles either.

The fact is, this kid is a football player and a winner.  Start him at fullback, start him at running back or bring him in as a reserver 10 – 15 touches a game…I don’t care.  The bottom line is, with him in the lineup and his hands on the ball, good things seem to happen more often than not.  Trading this young talent away would be a major mistake, he could be such a dominating complimentary piece to any other back that it is rediculous to even fathom playing without him.  The Broncos need a guy like this on the team, in any way possible.

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4 Comments
  1. mr. me permalink
    March 30, 2009 1:13 PM

    Mike, u’ve proved apoint against yourself check out these two quotes”

    “No, he did not put up flashy numbers.”

    “On 68 carries he gained 343 yards averaging 5 yards a carry. He had 14 receptions for 179 yards, averaging 12.8 yards a catch. Hillis also had 5 rushing touchdowns and one receiving.”

    To me those numbers ROCK!!!

  2. March 31, 2009 4:46 AM

    Thanks for reading Mr. Me!

    I don’t think I contradicted myself, by “flashy” I am talking LT type numbers.

    It actually goes to my point, we don’t need flashy. We need solid production and first downs, which is what he gave us. Those numbers DO rock, that is my point.

  3. chargers r as bad as can be permalink
    March 31, 2009 6:46 AM

    L.T.’s number’s last year stank

  4. March 31, 2009 7:31 AM

    you know what I mean though, I am talking about LT in his good years

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