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Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:48 pm
 
P. Hillis was a trade that Cleveland can benefit from. Denver? Not so much (Getty) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those who think, “Worst trade ever,” when they reminisce about the Broncos swap of RB Peyton Hillis to the Browns for QB Brady Quinn (yep, much to Josh McDaniels’ chagrin, that actually happened), the Denver Post has some good news for you.

Well, “good news” might be stretching it. But Mark Kiszla does lend some perspective on a few of the worst trades in Broncos history. In effect, Kiszla writes the Hillis-Quinn deal won’t go down as the absolute worst thing ever.

But he has to go quite a ways back to make his point.

The three trades he remembers:

The trade of CB Willie Brown to the Raiders. Brown eventually made the Pro Football HOF. This occurred in 1967.

In 1968, Denver rid itself of Curley Culp, because they weren’t sure what position he should play. Kansas City figured it out, made him a nose guard, and thus, began the 3-4 defense that continues to be so in vogue.

In 1979, the Broncos traded Lyle Alzado to Oakland for Rulon Jones. Both went on make meaningful impacts on their new teams, but Alzado won a Super Bowl title with the Raiders. Jones did not.

For the record, the Post also has a poll on the website that asks which of those four should be considered the worst trade in team history. With 60.1 percent of the vote, Hillis for Quinn is the winner so far.

So, Mazel Tov to McDaniels for that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:28 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:40 pm
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

When Hillis did play a lot of reps, he was a machine in the Shanahan offense. he got hurt, but wasn't played again when he was healthy. It wasn't hindsight for me; I knew he would be great and posted the day the trade happened that this was a huge mistake. I also posted long before the trade that Hillis needs to see the rock more, buy McDaniels had no real run Offense in his schemes. This was not the Pats who could throw up 400 yards and run for 50 or 60 each and every game and still win. Josh needed to know that the personnell was built as a run threat to set up pass offense and if he wanted that changed, it would take time, patience, and many personnel moves. Now, he is gone.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

McDaniels has made far worse decisions than trading Hillis for Brady Quinn. For instance, his crap, unimaginative offense. Hillis is turning out well, and good luck to him. Brady Quinn was a bust before the trade was made, but hey, Jamarcus Russell got a lot of chances, too. Every team occasionally thinks they can make something out of a bust. And Hillis would have been a 2-YPC back behind Denver's crap O-line.

Dumping Cutler was the only smart move McDaniels has made, and this is before everyone wised up to what a good QB Kyle Orton is. As I've said multiple times, Cutler has a Hall Of Fame arm and a third-stringer's grasp of the game. As I've also said multiple times, Orton is the only reason the McDaniels still has a job.



Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

Im so happy that everyone is seeeing how MCD has completly destroyed this bronco franchise.... If everything stayed the same this team would not be the laughng stock of the nfl... Everything this couch has done has blown up in his face due to players putting him in his place about his lack of knowledge of football... I cant stand that dudde!!!! Team has sucked since they played the patriots last year!!!



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

many of us saw how hillis ran over teams before he got hurt in 2008. Then in 2009 captain no sight did not play him. He is a bruiser the type the steelers love.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

LOL brady quinn is a muscle bound bollywood type. He will never be a franchise QB-Hillis is a bruised and that is someone who will always play in NFL.



Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:43 am
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

McD would be gone after this season if Mr. Bowlen wasn't running out of money
for paying has-been coaches. He must like these little Napolean types. McD has one
more season to turn it around. If he was such an offensive genius he would use more
trickery since his O line can't move anybody off the ball. How many more times
do we have to see the Tebow formation go off tackle for a yard. Let him throw the
ball Josh. Just sayin.......



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:42 am
 

Is the Hillis trade the worst in DEN history?

Disclaimer: I am a Browns fan.

Nevertheless, Josh you need to slow down. The same thing was said about Derek Anderson when the Browns got him from Baltimore. After one Pro Bowl year, where is Anderson now? Fighting to keep his career alive in Arizona. I like Hillis, however, let's see him do this year after year, when  teams have game film of him, and actually game plan to stop him. Ask Derek Anderson how that worked out for him?


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