Chicago Bears: How changes to the running game can lead to offensive success
A long read on the Chicago Bears offense (running emphasis)
The Chicago Bears running back core has been very interesting over the Ryan Pace era. The first running back Ryan pace drafted was dynamic running back Jeremy Langford. Langford was a college converted defensive back turned running back that was explosive, had catching ability, and long speed.
He was supposed to replace Matt Forte, but could not stay on the field long enough to show what he could do in the NFL. Langford was replaced by bruising running back Jordan Howard. Howard will always bee remembered as the guy who won’t go down without a fight. In 2017, Howard single-handedly beat the AFC North.
Howard rushed for 140 yards and two scores against the steelers, 167 yards against the Ravens, 147 yards and two scores against the Bengals, and a low 44 yards but two scores against the Browns. Howard was an amazing running back for the Chicago Bears. Winning on the ground was not enough.
Tarik Cohen added some juice as a rookie in 2017, but his role was to become the pass-catching speed threat. More on him later. Kerrith Whyte Jr was drafted in 2019, who was my favorite running back on the roster was reduced and poached from the practice squad.
The running back of the future was drafted by the Chicago Bears four rounds sooner in 2019. David Montgomery is supposed to be the Kareem Hunt in the Matt Nagy offense. Nagy has had nothing but high praise for the shifty running back. Unfortunately, Montgomery hurt himself at practice when he slipped and fell after taking a handoff. What is the vision with the Chicago Bears running back core, though?