Once dubbed as the Chicago Bears running back of the future, could Jordan Howard’s down year in 2018 mean his time as a Chicago Bear has come to an end?
Under previous Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, Jordan Howard was the Bears best weapon on offense. He was a hard runner who meshed perfectly with Fox’s football philosophy. However, with Matt Nagy now taking over as Bears head coach, Howard has been the center of much scrutiny.
Most Bears fans know Jordan Howard’s story well. A fifth-round pick back in 2016, Howard rose to prominence when he rushed for 1313 yards in his rookie season. In 2017, during his sophomore campaign, Howard would rush for 1122 yards and nine touchdowns.
However, during the 2018 season, Howard would experience a decline in numbers. Despite rushing for 399 yards and four touchdowns over the final five games of the season, Howard didn’t have his first 100-yard game until week 14 of the season.
Eventually, as time went on, Howard was even the center of Bears trade deadline talk. He was rumored to be a potential “sleeper” candidate who could be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Bears refused to move on from Jordan Howard at the traded deadline.
The single biggest reason that the Bears may have decided to not move on from Howard at the trade deadline is because his hard running style is essential to playing successful football when the weather gets colder in Chicago in November and December.
This offseason, Howard’s future with the Bears still seems cloudy. There’s no telling what will happen. As the Bears head into the offseason, with questions about the running back position looming, what are some options the team could have with Jordan Howard?