By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is young and considered a progressive.
Even so, just last week Hackett commented it's never a bad idea for a quarterback to pivot and hand off the ball.
"You always want to be running the ball," Hackett said. "When in doubt, give the ball to a back."
No doubt, it's a much better idea when the running backs are C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Behind Spiller's gaudy stats, the Bills ranked fourth in the NFL last year in rushing average at 5.052 yards per carry. Even more impressive, they were 32nd in NFL history.
This month, ColdHardFootballFacts.com broke out the greatest all-time team averages. Forty-two teams have registered over 5 yards a pop, and three of them are the Bills.
Powered by O.J. Simpson and the Electric Company, the 1973 and 1975 Bills rank 24th and 30th all-time. Last year's club ranks 32nd.
The Bills prove that a robust rushing average doesn't guarantee victories. All three of their 5-yard seasons -- and 11 of the 42 teams overall -- had losing records.
Only four on the list won championships. The 1963 San Diego Chargers (eight teams) and 1966 Kansas City Chiefs (nine teams) were in the AFL.
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