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Pruitt
10-05-2011, 03:59 PM
This situation could get ugly. Even if Hillis is letting the contract situation get in the way of playing, the fact that some players would anonymously trash him doesn't speak well for the cohesion in the locker room.

Then again, the ESPN guy could have just made it all up.

Either way, this doesn't feel right.

Bengals1181
10-05-2011, 06:05 PM
it's definitely getting interesting. Did anyone else see this?



usatoday_nfl USA TODAY NFL team
Agent: I told Peyton Hillis not to play in Week 3 usat.ly/rsyafr
3 hours ago


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/browns/story/2011-10-05/hillis-agent/50669444/1?csp=34sports&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomNfl-TopStories+%28Sports+-+NFL+-+Top+Stories%29

Amy
10-05-2011, 08:16 PM
I saw that, and if I were his agent, and he had strep throat, I would have told him the exact same thing. Good job by his agent, IMO.

Pruitt
10-05-2011, 10:37 PM
But by going public, the agent does his client no favors - at least in the PR battle.

After all, shouldn't it be the team that tells the player to take the day off? Or the player himself telling the team that he just can't do it. For an Agent to go public with this (even if he was right to tell hillis to sit) is weird, and it exposes Hillis.

Bengals1181
10-05-2011, 10:54 PM
But by going public, the agent does his client no favors - at least in the PR battle.

After all, shouldn't it be the team that tells the player to take the day off? Or the player himself telling the team that he just can't do it. For an Agent to go public with this (even if he was right to tell hillis to sit) is weird, and it exposes Hillis.


agreed and while he maybe shouldn't have played with strep throat, its hard to justify it when Romo played the same week with cracked ribs and a punctured lung.

Pruitt
11-01-2011, 10:33 AM
Hillis is now officially a symbol of a season that is rapidly deteriorating.

The Browns are now screwed royally - Hillis' value as a player is currently negligible, and the market for banged up, fumble-prone backs with 5 career 100 yard games is not all that high.

Looks like the Browns are stuck with a guy who'll be the answer to a trivia question in a few years: "Name the only Madden cover player who never made a pro bowl?"

mkocs6
11-04-2011, 04:57 PM
Who is leaking this ****? (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/35049/report-hillis-losing-support-in-locker-room)

I mean, if you're seriously concerned for someone's well-being and future, you probably don't run to the press to complain about him. The Hillis situation is deteriorating pretty rapidly, but unfortunately, he's still far and away the best offensive player on the team. We don't have the talent, depth, team speed, anything, to pretend otherwise--at least on offense.

The Browns have used early draft picks the past two years on a corner, a safety, a defensive tackle, and a defensive end. We've cobbled together an offense pretend we've got MacGuyver calling the plays, only we've had Brian I've-never-heard-of-halftime-adjustments Daboll and a rookie head coach calling the plays. I'm not trying to be negative or say I don't believe in any of the guys we have, but Jesus--we've got a good left side of the line, a suspect right, a third-round quarterback with no receivers, and now no running game. I'm sorry, but we seriously need to use our three early picks (we'll have a top 10 selection of our own, probably one in the early 20s from the Falcons, I expect, and another pick in the top 40 for our second rounder) to finally address the offense.

Curtis
11-05-2011, 11:40 AM
This smells like a guy that isn't going to be in Cleveland next season. Reminds me of the Larry Johnson drama. I feel bad for Brownies fans because it seemed things were starting to go the right way. I certainly would like to see the Browns become contenders again.

Pruitt
12-27-2011, 07:52 PM
Need a symbol of the Browns' season?

Never mind the specific candidate that he's endorsing... just look at team player Peyton Hillis (the guy who sat out games because his agent told him too)...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AURgsNCl38U

Godalmighty... you know, if I hadn't been raised a Browns fan, I would hate this team. This is the public face of the Browns? It really can't get any worse, can it?

mkocs6
01-01-2012, 01:37 AM
...oh my God. He is dangerously insane. That said, I think we should strongly consider re-signing Hillis if the price isn't too ridiculous, and it won't be.

I stayed away all of December because of final papers. And good Lord, I hope no one wants us to draft Robert Griffin III. He won't have anyone to throw to, either, and he won't produce any team speed on defense.

Pruitt
01-01-2012, 11:30 AM
The price would be ridiculous for a guy who has never been able to stay healthy.

mkocs6
01-01-2012, 02:10 PM
I think that's a bit unfair. He stayed healthy throughout 2010 and just broke down from overuse at the end of the season. Especially given the nature of contracts in the NFL, I'm willing to overlook 2011's problems and sign him to a modest extension. I don't particularly want to look for a starting runningback in free agency or in the draft, and if we're being fair, he's pretty good and more consistent than Hardesty (who really cannot stay healthy...or catch passes).

RSConn5
01-01-2012, 02:19 PM
I think that's a bit unfair. He stayed healthy throughout 2010 and just broke down from overuse at the end of the season. Especially given the nature of contracts in the NFL, I'm willing to overlook 2011's problems and sign him to a modest extension. I don't particularly want to look for a starting runningback in free agency or in the draft, and if we're being fair, he's pretty good and more consistent than Hardesty (who really cannot stay healthy...or catch passes).

I don't know exactly where the Browns are in the draft, but if Trent Richardson is available, then the Browns should absolutely pull the trigger. I think Hillis is done.

Pruitt
01-01-2012, 09:13 PM
Not to pick nits, but the fact that he broke down last year and sat out a lot of games this year does not bode well for his longevity. Also, and this is a personal thing, when a player is a member of one of the worst offenses in the league, it is pretty hard to argue that he is a difference maker. And considering the attitude that he threw around this year, the sooner the Browns dump him, the better. IMO of course.

Hard to see where they'd be a worse team without him.