Posted: Dec 23, 2011 12:55 AM by Lee Douglas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A change in scenery and eating habits has done wonders for Willis McGahee.
By playing in a run-friendly system, along with reuniting with his former position coach, the Denver Broncos tailback has revitalized his career. McGahee, who even eliminated red meat from his diet to become leaner, is on the cusp of his first 1,000-yard season in four years.
A surprise? Maybe to some.
But not to running backs coach Eric Studesville, who lobbied hard for the Broncos to sign the free agent just before camp.
Sure, McGahee was coming off a pedestrian 380-yard season for Baltimore in 2010, but Studesville saw flashes of the vision, the power and the quick feet that made McGahee a two-time 1,000-yard back when they were paired in Buffalo.
Studesville campaigned vigorously on McGahee' behalf. The Broncos listened and were rewarded.
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