In 2010, the San Diego Chargers had the 2nd ranked scoring offense and the 10th ranked scoring defense, yet they didn’t make the playoffs. That tells you just how important special teams is.
There’s no player as special on the Denver Broncos’ special teams as Trindon Holliday right now. He’s been helping both the offense and the defense by putting points up on the board while they’re resting on the sidelines.
“When you add a dimension like that, I mean he’s an explosive player,” Champ Bailey said of Holliday. “One of the fastest I’ve ever played with so it creates some problems for other teams. It’s somebody else you’ve got to worry about. You only have so much time to prepare. When you’ve got to prepare for someone like him whether he’s on offense or returning kicks, it kind of gives a scary look to a defense.”
Holliday returned a kickoff 105 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals and followed that performance up with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.
“He can move pretty quick,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “Pure speed, it’s hard to beat.”
After the touchdown return last week, McCoy even put Holliday out there as a receiver. The result? Two receptions with one going for 15 yards.
McCoy wouldn’t say whether we’d see Holliday in the offense this week, but he will absolutely be out there returning kicks.
Holliday was the fastest athlete at the 2010 combine with a 4.21 in the 40-yard dash. Bailey was asked if he thought he could have beat Holliday in his prime.
“I would have thought I could,” Bailey chuckled. “Maybe in the shorter distance. I was more of a 60 guy, 40 guy, yeah. Anytime I go over 60, it’s nothing.”