Peyton Hillis: G.M. Tom Heckert Promises More Help for Hillis in 2011
Hillis Needs Help In 2011
Peyton Hillis broke out into Superstardom in 2010 by running over, through and above defenders. Hillis was a bright spot in the Browns 5-11 season and he energized the team and the fans.
One of the problems in the 2010 season, though, was Hillis had no real backup. There was a rotating group of running backs who would trot on the field for a few plays and then never be seen again.
By the end of the season, if Hillis was on the field, he was getting the ball, and every defender knew it. As a result, Hillis got beat up pretty good by Week 17.
Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert has taken some of the blame for not getting more help for Hillis and the offense, but to say the offensive schemes were lacking to begin with would be to ignore what was a real problem.
Heckert hopes Montario Hardesty can be a force for the Browns this year and take some of the pressure off of Hillis to do everything, and the Browns drafted Owen Marecic to help open some holes.
Colt McCoy has the playbook and the Browns offense has been having organized workouts during the lockout.
With new Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur in charge of things now, the Browns should have a much more effective offense in 2011.
If Hillis is rotated in and out more, that should reduce the wear and tear on his body and help extend his career and effectiveness through the end of the season.
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