Chicago Bears: 5 reasons Jordan Howard will breakout

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Better overall offense

On top of the offensive line, Howard is in a better situation top to bottom. Let’s start with the skill players. So many mouths to feed, right? Jordan Howard will have to take the big hits, right? Not necessarily. The team will pass more and look to spread the ball around.

However, this only shifts focus off of Howard and makes him more of a stable and efficient runner. Last year, nobody respected the pass. Who was going to torch them if they sold out on Jordan Howard? Dontrelle Inman? Not scary. However, now if you want to put that extra man in the box, you are worried about Allen Robinson or Taylor Gabriel making you pay.

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It is a different dynamic, and along with the offensive line, should be what gives Howard more efficiency between the tackles.

Last season the Chicago Bears ran the ball on first down a ridiculously predictable amount. Heck, they even tried to pound the ball on predictable run downs when trailing. It was infuriating. That was part play calling, part offense.

Sure, they did not have wide receivers to get the ball out to on first down. It still made life so much easier on the defense that already was keying in on Jordan Howard, to begin with.

Unpredictability is arguably the greatest advantage the offense has over the defense. That was taken away last season.

On the other side, Matt Nagy lives off unpredictability. He is looking to get versatile, and positionless players on the field for the effect of having the defense completely clueless pre-snap.

This is a 180 in coaching philosophy. The combination of coach, skill players and line will take a huge chip off of the shoulder of Howard. Playing without that should physically make him stronger and tougher to bring down. This should bring big yards.