By Bryan Perez
The debate over Jordan Howard’s fit in coach Matt Nagy’s offense started almost immediately after Nagy was hired for the job.
It was fair to question whether Howard could produce in a system that requires an all-around running back, especially with his perceived struggles catching the ball. But the third-year running back’s history of success — he’s the only Bears running back to start his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons — suggested he’d do well regardless of the offense.
And there’s no way Tarik Cohen, all 5-foot-6 of him, could challenge for lead-back duties, right? The history of the position tells us a bigger, more physical frame is required to touch the ball 20 times per game. Thus, Howard has to be the guy.
Well, maybe not. It wasn’t the case in Week 4 when the Bears offense exploded for 48 points and Cohen out-touched Howard, 20 to 11. And Cohen didn’t just do it as a receiver. He had more carries than Howard (13 to 11), too.
Howard refused to speak with the media following the win, a decision that suggests he was unhappy despite Chicago’s best showing of the season. Pretty selfish. Or was...