From the desk of:
Jeff Hughes, Editor-in-Chief
Jordan Howard is Good
Honestly, I was just going to write the headline and leave it there. Because the growing number of Bears fans across social media who, due to trade “rumors”, suddenly believe Howard is not a great running back…is starting to sicken me.
Is Howard great in the passing game? No. Point conceded.
But in two seasons Howard has amassed more than 2400 yards on the ground and 15 touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards a clip. For the “anyone can do that” crowd, show me another back who HAS while:
- Running by second and third-string offensive linemen.
- Running without the luxury of a passing attack.
- Running hurt for nearly HALF those games.
Just show me another back with similar achievement. I will actually spare the effort of looking. There isn’t anyone close.
(He also has 52 catches in that time. Ezekiel Elliot has 58. )
I like Ryan Pace and am supremely optimistic about Matt Nagy. But if they looked at Howard’s body of work with the Bears and thought, “Yea, we don’t need this guy” then I seriously question both men’s ability to evaluate personnel. Howard may not be a prototypical modern running back but he reminds one of what a Bears tailback used to look like. Back when they were a winning organization.
If I was starting a team tomorrow, I wouldn’t want Jordan Howard. I’d want 53 Jordan Howards. And I’d like my odds in the Sunday street fight.