Jordan Howard on role: Nothing to complain about

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It’s been a while since the Bears played a game, but when they were last on the field they were giving Tarik Cohen 20 touches in a win over the Buccaneers while Jordan Howard got the ball 11 times.

It was the first time this season that Cohen got the ball more often than Howard this season and Howard didn’t talk to reporters after the game. The Bears had last week off, which meant questions about how Howard felt about the breakdown of work waited until Monday.

“I wasn’t frustrated,” Howard said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I was happy. We won. You see how much we won by. So there’s not really nothing to complain about … With a game like that, you don’t have nothing to complain about. You’ve just gotta be happy about a win.”

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. Nagy concedes that Howard “wasn’t a featured guy” against Tampa, but remains a “major part” of the offense.

Howard’s averaging just under 3.8 yards on his 74 touches — 64 of which are rushing plays — while Cohen is getting 7.5 yards on 27 fewer opportunities. Sunday’s game against Miami offers the next chance to see how the playing time is divvied up for Chicago.

13 responses to “Jordan Howard on role: Nothing to complain about

  1. Tarik Cohen is the Tyreek Hill of Nagy’s scheme, and I fully expect him to become a swiss army knife for the Bears.

  2. Home Games against Lions, Vikes, Rams and Packers, along with on the road in NYC against the Giants, his workload will increase as the weather gets worse.

    It is also upon the O-line to be sure they are getting a good push off the snap, I have heard commentators say the line is better this year, but it is certainly no O-line when the Cowboys had DeMarco Murray a few years back, gotta get a good push off the snap.

    Would like to see more formations with Howard, Cohen and either Gabriel or a fullback in the backfield, they seem gimmacky but if you can keep the defense guessing and providing new looks throughout the season, it gives Da Bears a competitive advantage.

  3. [erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    October 9, 2018 at 8:22 am
    The league is rapidly moving away from bell-cow running backs, especially ones who can’t catch.]

    Howard has been targeted 12 times this season and caught the ball 10 of those times.

  4. Love to hear the team first attitude out of Howard. In an era that is littered with guys complaining about touches, here’s a guy who cares more about the score of the game. Refreshing. And he’ll get his as the season goes along. I think he knows that.

  5. Someone hasn’t been paying attention. Jordan Howard worked on his pass catching all offseason and now provides an added threat out of the backfield. He will get plenty of work. Nagy is getting everyone involved and keeping the defense guessing. As Trubisky learns and gets comfortable with this new offense, he will have as weapons at his disposal as Mahomes has.

  6. “Someone hasn’t been paying attention. Jordan Howard worked on his pass catching all offseason and now provides an added threat out of the backfield. He will get plenty of work. Nagy is getting everyone involved and keeping the defense guessing. As Trubisky learns and gets comfortable with this new offense, he will have as weapons at his disposal as Mahomes has.”

    Absolutely agree!

  7. This article is silly….from my POV. Considering how the Bears offense is ran….no one player will dominate EVERY GAME. Sometimes Howard will go off….other days Trey Burton….other days Cohen….other days Gabriel…..etc.etc. Dont create issues where no issues exist.

  8. “So there’s NOT really NOTHING to complain about … With a game like that, you DON’T have NOTHING to complain about.”

    Which means there is something to complain about.

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