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Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:35 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Hillis isn't hurt, per se, but the old "Madden Curse" might be beating him down worse than anyone before him. Hillis is having contract issues with the Browns and his desire to play while injured is being heavily scrutinized in the media.

That scrutiny's likely to get worse: against the Dolphins on October 2, Hillis sat out with strep throat, and he said this week that he could have played. Well, to be more accurate, Hillis said that the only reason he sat out was because that's what his agent advised him to do.

"He was just looking out for me," Hillis said of his agent Kennard McGuire, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "That's what he's there for, so I have to give him thanks, too. Because I'm stubborn and hardheaded and I like to go out there and play even though I was probably not up for it."

Naturally, McGuire has Hillis' best interests in mind. But those best interests also include -- if not primarily revolve around -- Hillis getting paid by the Browns and that means that the speculation as to whether or not Hillis sat out because of not getting a deal is only going to get cranked up.

For my money, I don't buy that this is as big a deal as some want to make it. Does Hillis want a new deal and more money? Well, duh. He ran for 1,197 yards in 2010, which was almost three times his previous career total.

Do the Browns want to get Hillis a new deal? I would guess so -- he really does embody what the city's all about, and he's an absolute workhorse. I can't imagine they want to pay him based strictly on 2010, however, but it seems safe to say that they'd like to get him inked to a reasonable extension.

Look, this is the quandary that NFL players find themselves in. Play and get hurt and don't get paid and you're disposable. Immediately. Don't play and don't get hurt and maybe get paid after a public contract dispute and you'll be looked as greedy by fans.

And either way, the media will cover it extensively. It's a lose-lose-lose situation for Hillis and it'll continue to be that way until he stops appearing on the cover of Madden gets healthy and signs a new deal.

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Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hey Big Dog:

I agree with most of what you wrote, but was a little taken aback at your suggestion that the Madden cover thing was mainly "cytological"
. Here is the Webster's Definition of the word:

 Cytology: The branch of biology that deals with the formation, structure, and function of cells.
cyto·logic (-t-ljk), cyto·logi·cal adj. cy·tolo·gistn. <script type="text/javascript"></script>

What this has to do with Hillis and his situation is a mystery to me. The word is often heard in discussions about cervical cancer.

In any case, a healthy compromise would be in order. The Browns should cough up some dough and Hillis shouldn't go around thinking that he the Brown's "Lebron James". The fans of Cleveland have suffered long enough and could use some good news to provede a little psychological  boost.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Interesting.  In another story on this site (Freeman), Hillis is quoted as tweeting,  "If I could have physically played against the Dolphins I would have."  Doesn't say when Hillis sent that.

Of course the agent shouldn't be making the decisions as to whether Hillis plays when the issue is medical--unless he's employing his own well-qualified doctor and is willing to publish that doctor's opinion (somehow I'm guessing that wasn't the case here).  Otherwise, it should be up to the club's medical staff.



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Underpaid - very likely  Overrated - absolutely



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis is a beast.  He is underpaid and that is a fact.  Hopefully the Browns do the right thing and give this work horse a new contract.  Just hope he isn't asking for crazy money like CJ1K.  Now that is an over rated running back. 



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis is backed up against two oversized walls. 1) The city of Cleveland. And we already know how they treat their workhorse super star. 2) The Madden Cover.  It may only be cytological thing.  But it can linger as long as a Boston Red-sox nightmare.  Good for Hillis, he's listening to his agent on this one.  But the city's blueprint on Superstars, is not all that hard to read.  So I don't know if his agent is realy all that smart. A little bright, ok.



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:53 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Gotta love the Madden curse. Whether it is an injury, off the field issues or having a poor statistical season, it always rears it's ugly head. Here's to hoping Hillis comes back soon and shuts everyone up. Just play already!



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:51 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

So teh poor guy was healthy but choose to get paid and not work.....and he talkes about it... thats a big problem... lets start a protest: Running Backs that get paid for no show....



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:49 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins


he was on the Dan Patrick show talking about it on Tuesday. 

In a separate appearance on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, things didn’t go quite as smoothly for Hillis.  After the Madden 12 cover athlete recited his “I was sick” mantra, host Evan Cohen asked, “So if you were making $10 million this year you would still not play in that game against Miami?”

Said Hillis:  “If, uh, that whole situation went down like that, that’s a lot of hearsay but I really couldn’t answer that question.”  This was yesterday as well.


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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:45 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

300 yard games are a dime a dozen.  maybe QB's are overpaid too.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:44 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

It's not the reporters beating a dead horse on this one.  Hillis was on the Dan Patrick show and talked about it yesterday.  He doesn't have to talke about it if he doesn't want to, but he does.  Maybe the guy is just an idiot?


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