ESPN ranked the top play makers in the NFL and put the Chicago Bears at number nine
An interesting article came out where ESPN ranked the top 32 offensive arsenals and weapons. This was a specific ranking set to look at strictly skill players. The list had a specific set of rules.
No quarterbacks or offensive lines were included. No coaching schemes either. Contracts did not factor in, it was strictly valuing 2018. Receivers were weighted higher and elite talent was pushed over depth.
With that said, the Chicago Bears rounded out the top 10 at number 9. Barnwell wrote:
"What pushes the Bears up these rankings, instead, is their one-two punch at halfback. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will combine to post a cap hit of about $1.4 million in 2018 and might very well project to be the best pair of running backs in football, if Ingram and Kamara slip. Cohen’s versatility seems far more likely to be rewarded by Nagy than it was by departed offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains."
It is funny that he said that he would weight receivers and would not let coaches impact his rankings. However, he mentions the running backs and Nagy as reasons to bump them up.
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Still, he has a fair point. Mainly in the fact that we know Cohen is more talented than the stats say. We know his value as a pass catching running back is more valuable than anything today, and we know that he will be looked at across the landscape as an elite threat next season that opens up the run and the pass.
Barnwell also mentioned the big additions in the receiving corps. Having Allen Robinson as the true number one receiver, and adding Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller to complement him with both being able to move in and out of the slot is a great feature. That does not factor in Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen. There is a lot going on here.
To round out the top ten Barnwell included the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs.
Is the Chicago Bears ranking fair?