Chiefs OC Brian Daboll played role in landing Peyton Hillis

KANSAS CITY ( - Peyton Hillis has yet to touch a football in Kansas City.

Brian Daboll hasn't called his first play.

Regardless, the Chiefs' new running back and offensive coordinator are tied together in trying to better the team's offensive production next season.

Hillis knows Daboll well. Their one year together in Cleveland saw Hillis churn out the most productive season of his NFL career and his first 1,000-yard rushing campaign. He reached folk hero status not only with Browns fans, but with football fans across the country, winning a nationwide vote to be the cover athlete of Madden Football following the 2010 season.

"He believed in me and believed what I could do," Hillis remembered of his time spent with Daboll. "What he does works. I'm very excited about the opportunity to be a Chief."