Willis McGahee on Facing Former Teammate Kyle Orton: “He’s going to have his hands full this week.”

December 29, 2011 – 11:12 am by Steven Cuce

Willis McGahee has six 100-yard rushing games this season, earning himself an alternate spot on the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Ray Rice, Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew are the starting running backs for the AFC Pro Bowl squad, but McGahee’s resurgence in Denver has opened some eyes around the NFL. No.23 has also missed four games this season due to injury, but nevertheless has held up under the heavy workload much better than most had expected.

In Week 17, the Denver Broncos face a divisional rival, but more importantly a real familiar foe in Kyle Orton. Tim Teow doesn’t sound too worried about having a chance to beat his former teammate with a playoff berth on the line.

McGahee, meanwhile, is a full go on Sunday looking for a victory to earn the Broncos a spot into the postseason.

Willis McGahee joined 102.3 The Ticket in Denver with Les & JoJo to discuss Kyle Orton giving out the plays of the Denver Broncos offense to the Kansas City Chiefs defense, starting this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, the lingering injuries that have plagued his season, his belief that the Broncos would run the football consistently when he signed with Denver and making the AFC Pro Bowl roster as an alternate.

Does it make you smile when you see that Kyle Orton is the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs or does it make you think how much of the Denver Broncos offense is he telling your opposition?

“Well the good thing about the Denver Broncos offense is that it wasn’t the same when Kyle Orton was in it. I don’t really think he could tell so much. Only thing he has got to worry about is the Denver Broncos defense. I think Kyle is a good quarterback and he’s going to have his hands full this week.”

How healthy are you for this game?

“Healthy. [Host: Healthy enough to get the start?] Yes. Oh I will be starting.”

How tough has it been with lingering injuries this season?

“I mean you can’t really get mad about it because it’s football. Of course you are going to be having some injuries that are going to be lingering around just because you don’t get the proper rest you are supposed to. It’s part of the job. It’s part of the job description. You gotta deal with it.”

In your wildest dreams did you think when you got here this team would be running the ball as much as it has and as effectively as it has?

“Oh yeah I thought they were going to be running the ball regardless because of the tradition and the greats backs that came through here. They were known for running. There was no doubt in my mind they were going to run it. Then you got Coach [John] Fox, who was a running coach. I knew what it was when I came. I just felt like if I get the opportunity, I’ll make the best of it.”

Are you hoping that Ray Rice, Arian Foster or Maurice Jones-Drew will pull out of the Pro Bowl so you have a chance to go to Hawaii?

“I’m really hoping I accomplish getting 1,000 yards. The thing about it is I have missed four games and I didn’t play like once you know? I got 1,000 yards with the little time I had on the field and I am happy with that man.”

Listen to Willis McGahee on 102.3 The Ticket in Denver here

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  1. One Response to “Willis McGahee on Facing Former Teammate Kyle Orton: “He’s going to have his hands full this week.””

  2. I think Willis McGahee is a very stand up guy and a heck of a ball player. With him running full tilt and Tebow helping carry the load, I think the run will carry the day. McGahee has some help in the back field now, so this should be a blowout game for Denver. I can hardley wait.


    By Walter Tillis on Dec 29, 2011

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