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John Fox: Fumbles haven’t shaken confidence in Ronnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman, Cortland Finnegan, Alec Ogletree AP

The Rams scored their second touchdown Saturday night when linebacker Alec Ogletree stripped Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman after a catch and returned the fumble 13 yards for a touchdown.

It was the second fumble in as many weeks for Hillman and it was also the last time he touched the ball against the Rams. Montee Ball, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno got the carries the rest of the way, but coach John Fox said after the game that he hadn’t lost any confidence in Hillman.

“I still have great confidence,” Fox said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “It’s something we worked very hard on last week, something we’ll work very hard on this week. I think the one this week was altogether different. I personally think his progress was stopped otherwise he’s got to get on the ground faster or do a better job hanging on to the ball when a guy’s yanking on it late in the down.”

Hillman ran well against the Rams, but fumbling the ball is a sure way to erode the confidence that coaches have in you. Montee Ball was drafted to take care of a lot of the heavy lifting on the ground and Moreno could have some value as a third-down back, which means that Hillman has all the motivation he needs to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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8 Responses to “John Fox: Fumbles haven’t shaken confidence in Ronnie Hillman”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    Hillman is a fumble machine and Ball is a bust. Who could have guessed that Knowshon Moreno would someday become the best RB on the Broncos after the terrible start to his career.

  2. frostymugobeer says: Aug 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    yeah Ball is a bust after 1 trainng camp and a couple preseason carries……
    what a joke,this kid will become a quality RB in the NFL.
    people are just so short sighted

  3. sportsking604 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    Oh yah Ball is a bust because of 1 bad block and not gaining yards 3 plays vs all out blitzes by rams. Do u watch football? Ball #1. Moreno and hillman sharing 3rd downs. That’s the formula for success.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    Hillman humbled by fumbles.

  5. nodindenver says: Aug 25, 2013 2:12 PM

    I have no idea if Hillman is a bust but, the kid either holds on to the ball or stands on the sidelines. Ball had his best carries last carries last night and looked good driving a Ram into the end zone despite not following Hester. Moreno, believe it or not, looked like he finally has plans on playing next year in lieu of selling cars/cell phones. Finally, is it just me, or did Jack Del Rio allow his wife or daughter to bleach his hair for the season?

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 25, 2013 2:14 PM

    That team has a lot of Balls.

  7. sportsbastard says: Aug 25, 2013 2:22 PM

    Tree is a beast. Can’t wait until he lays the lumber to Kaep and Wilson in the open field. Lights out!

  8. jamesonkersey says: Aug 26, 2013 12:07 AM

    Monte Ball a bust?? Really after a few preseason games he’s a bust. I doubt you know anything about football if your spouting off ignorant comments like that one. Hillman needs to hold onto the ball. Christ that guy fumbles way too much. Turnovers killed the Broncos last year.

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