Mailbag: Hillis mystery lingers

Dec 24, 2009 Full story: Denver Post

Denver Post sports writer Mike Klis posts his Broncos Mailbag on Tuesdays during the 2009 NFL season.

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Mike Hopper

Alto, NM

#1 Feb 7, 2010
I think the talk and debate over Peyton Hillis is all for naught because I believe Hillis will begin his 3rd pro year with the Redskins.

The long and the short of itÖMike Shanahan believed in Peyton Hillis; McDaniels didnít. END OF STORY! Moreno struggled to get 3.8 yards per touch and with 247 touches, he only had 947 yards rushing, 7 total TD's, with 4 fumbles. Gee I wonder what would have happened if Peyton Hillis had received 247 rushing touches this year? I think you would have seen a FB with 1200+ yards!

But letís allow the Math to do the talking:

Josh McDaniels brought Correll Buckhalter to the team in 2009 for an annual salary of $2,500,000. For that you received 882 yards of total offense, with 1 touchdown and it cost you $2,834.47 per yard gained or $2,500,000 per touchdown earned.

Josh McDaniels drafted Knowshon Moreno to the team in 2009 for an annual salary of $4,600,000. For that money you received 1160 yards of total offense with 9 touchdowns for a cost of $3965.52 per yard gained or $511,112 per touchdown.

Josh McDaniels also felt it necessary to bring in LaMont Jordan in 2009 with an annual salary of $1,250,000. For that money you received 86 total yards offense with zero touchdowns for a cost of $14,534.88 per yard gained and $1,250,000 for no touchdowns.

Mike Shanahan drafted Peyton Hillis in 2008 with an annual salary of $344,800. For that you got 343 yards rushing on 68 carries (5.0 avg.) with 5 rushing touchdowns in 12 games, 6 starts before being placed on IR (right hamstring 12-9-08). He started 3 games at fullback and 3 games at tailback. Added 14 receptions for 179 yards (12.8 avg.) with one touchdown while tying for the team lead with six total touchdowns. He joined Floyd Little (1968) as one of two players in Broncos history with a 100-yard rushing (129 yards @ NYJ 11/30) and a 100-yard receiving (116 yds. Vs. Miami 11/2) game in the same season. Totaled the 5th highest receiving yardage total (129) by a Broncos running back in a single game with his performance against Miami. Named Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, and ESPN.com AFC West Player of the Week with his 129-yard rushing effort against the Jets. So you received 522 yards of total offense with 6 total touchdowns and zero fumbles and that cost you only $660.37 per yard or $57,466 per touchdown.

Josh McDaniels decided to bench Peyton Hillis in 2009 which cost the team $344,800 however you did get 81 total yards offense with 1 touchdown and 1 fumble. Even so, it only cost you $4256.79 per total yard offense.

I DONíT KNOW; YOU TELL ME?

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