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Fumbles won’t cost McGahee playing time

Willis McGahee AP

Plenty has gone right for the Broncos this season, but not everything’s gone right for Willis McGahee.

The running back has fumbled five times on 160 carries this season, the most of any season in his career and more than any other running back in the NFL so far this year. The Broncos have lost four of those fumbles, including two in the last three weeks. McGahee’s issue holding onto the ball isn’t going to cost him any work at this point, however.

“We’re going to keep giving him the ball and he’s got to protect it,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said, via the Denver Post.

The Broncos scored 70 points in those two recent games against the Saints and Panthers, so it’s not like McGahee’s fumbles are killing the team. That said, life is obviously easier if you don’t turn the ball over and it would be nice for the Broncos if McGahee slowed down his pace. The offense also hasn’t made much use of other running backs so it’s unlikely that they would feel comfortable turning the running game over to Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and/or Knowshon Moreno.

The Broncos have lost 12 fumbles overall this season, which is more than anyone but the Chiefs. Whether or not you recover a fumble has a lot to do with unpredictable bounces, but holding ontot he ball is certainly something players have more control over. Shaping up that part of the game would eliminate of the remaining visible weaknesses with the team.

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6 Responses to “Fumbles won’t cost McGahee playing time”
  1. mazblast says: Nov 16, 2012 2:34 PM

    I didn’t know Moreno was still in the league. Talk about a bust.

  2. budramsfan says: Nov 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    Willis is declining each year. Manning at QB the defense doesn’t stack the line, there’s no excuse for the lack of performance. They should have traded for a better veteran back like Steven Jackson.

  3. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Nov 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    budramsfan says:

    “Willis is declining each year. Manning at QB the defense doesn’t stack the line, there’s no excuse for the lack of performance. They should have traded for a better veteran back like Steven Jackson.”
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    McGahee is on pace for 1202 yards rushing (3rd highest total of his career), 7 rushing TDs (tied for the 3rd highest total of his career, 361 yards receiving (career high), and 1563 yards from scrimmage (career high). How is that a lack of performance? Do you watch football?

  4. mtx1992 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:14 PM

    Of course the fumbles won’t cost him playing time. The backups are simply awful.

  5. Nickstixx says: Nov 16, 2012 6:22 PM

    Fred Jackson or Reggie Bush will be a Denver Bronco next year.

  6. tiggerblood says: Nov 18, 2012 2:24 AM

    They love that Hillman guy. Too bad he missed most of the preseason and training camp with injuries and slowed his learning. McGahee is benefitting from being the #2 guy in Baltimore he has semi-fresh legs for a 30 year old. I think Hillman will become more and more involved down the stretch and possible starter next year.

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