Chicago Bears: How changes to the running game can lead to offensive success

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Chicago Bears, Tarik Cohen
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Tarik Cohen is good because of what?

If the Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall and JP Holtz are both on the roster, who is the actual fullback. Why two fullbacks when most teams hardly use one. Matt Nagy once was thought to believe he wasn’t brought here to run the ball.

That might be true, but he can easily use personnel grouping to get more from his running backs. Good teams do things differently than the rest to sustain success. Just look at what the 80’s Chicago Bears did on defense. It took years for teams to figure out how to stop that defense.

It is now time for the Chicago Bears offense to become that new trend. While it starts with the tight ends, it should end with the running backs. Tarik Cohen has been known as an adjuster to the adjuster. It sounds counterproductive when you say it out loud. But did you ever notice that Cohen has big games on offense as a receiver when someone else has a big game?

I went back and watched a lot of games in 2018 and found this. Trey Burton week four 86 yards and a score, week six 26 yards and a score, week seven 126 yards and a score and week 15, four catches on seven targets for 36 yards and a score. Had the Chicago Bears quarterback delivered, he would have had more yards and multiple scores. Most of the games that season, the player who also stood out, was Tarik Cohen as a receiver.

Cohen’s stats were as follows, week four 121 yards and a score, week six was seven catches for 98 yards, week seven was eight catches for 69 yards, and a score, week 15 was five catches for 31 yards and a score. Cohen had the big 70-yard play against the Jets and a 12 catch game in week 13 by himself, but those games are few and far between.