Nagy says RB Howard still a key to offense

Rex Christensen
October 12, 2018

Jordan Howard's contributions to the Bears in the first four games in coach Matt Nagy's new offense have been limited, especially during the 48-10 victory over the Buccaneers on September 30.

There was trade chatter about Howard this offseason, but nothing materialized and head coach Matt Nagy said that he views Howard as a feature back.

It's not as if Howard's picture is popping up on milk cartons around the Chicago area, or the Bears have filed a missing-person report. "We won. You see how much we won by? So there's really nothing to complain about".

Howard's place in the Bears' system has been questioned once again after he rushed just 11 times for 25 yards during the team's 48-10 win over the Buccaneers on September 30, after which he appeared frustrated in leaving the locker room while declining to address reporters. "This is not going to be an offense where it's just one person and it goes through one person".

Howard has shown improvement catching the ball but hasn't found a rhythm running it. There are other times where it doesn't fit that way.

"The majority of the games, he gets more workload than I do", Cohen said. But that has nothing to do with what Jordan Howard is doing.

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Nagy stressed that the roles of running backs Howard and Tarik Cohen will change on a weekly basis depending on the game plan and opponent. So we really got nothing to talk about (regarding) the game.

"It's not my job to worry about that", Howard said.

He played only 33 of 61 offensive snaps (54 percent) and had just 11 rushing attempts for 25 yards in Chicago's lopsided 48-10 Week 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"It just so happened this past game that Tarik got more plays in regards to getting the ball to him and was productive", Nagy said. Howard still managed 1,122 rushing yards, but he's off to a slow start this season, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry.

When told Howard didn't talk to reporters last week, Nagy said Monday sometimes players and coaches benefit from a 24-hour reflection period to put their emotions in perspective. But he insisted Howard understands that different games will feature different players in this offense, something Nagy believes makes it hard for opponents to defend. "He has a big-time role. As long as our guys understand that, well be in good shape". "Jordan Howard is a big part of this offense".

"Jordan is good with that".

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