Will Running Game Improve with Jordan Howard Gone?
In the Bears’ offense last year, the running game didn’t seem to be their No. 1 priority. Having had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Jordan Howard (now with the Eagles) led the team with 935 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Seeing that Howard wasn’t an ideal fit for the offense, they decided to trade him. As a result, Chicago signed Mike Davis, and drafted David Montgomery and Kerrith Whyte Jr.
Even though they concentrated more on the passing game, the Bears still finished 2018 ranked 11th in rushing as a team. Seeing that Chicago now has some running backs that fits Nagy’s system a bit better, will the running game improve from last season? Furthermore, will the running game be used a bit more?
As the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, Nagy helped engineer an offense that ranked ninth in the NFL in rushing. This attack was spearheaded by running back Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing that year with 1,327 yards. With a better feel of his team, and having some new weapons at his disposal, will Nagy lean a little more on the ground attack? More importantly, will Davis, Montgomery, or the dynamic Tarik Cohen be the featured back in Chicago’s backfield in 2019?