Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy ranks first among all NFL rookies with 683 yards rushing -- Tre Mason is second with a distant 562 yards rushing, though he's looking stronger every week. Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is the only rookie with more rushing touchdowns than Hill, who has scored six times. Hill also ranks 13th among all NFL running backs in yards.
With a huge performance in December, Hill could argue for the offensive rookie of the year award.
However, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is NOT HAPPY with Hill... though it's not unlikely to be tough with your top players so that they develop other aspects of their game. Additionally, Jackson irrevocably countered everything Hill said about Andy Dalton's checks. Hill said:
"They game-planned it pretty well," Hill said via Bengals.com. "They brought a safety down. Whenever we caught them in a two-[safety]-high, we ran the ball pretty well. When Andy made his checks, they kind of brought the safety down."
Jackson said, via ESPN:
"Jeremy don't play quarterback. What Jeremy needs to do is run the ball. What Jeremy wants to do -- I don't care if it's eight men or seven men -- break tackles, OK? That's what running backs do. They break tackles and that's it. At the end of the day, his job is to run through somebody and come out the other side and go find a way to score, period. So all his drop-down, who did this, did what -- that ain't his call."
According to Pro Football Focus, Hill has forced 17 missed tackles this season, which is tied for 26th in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks lead the league with 61 missed tackles. Giovani Bernard has forced 18, and he did that missing several games earlier this season.
Good sound bytes and awesome quotes at the jump... but why is Jackson ditching private motivations for public ones?